December 3, 2019 — Princeton, NJ — Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) today announced nine winners of the 2019 Award for Health Equity, which celebrates individuals who have changed systems and policies at a local level to increase the chance that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to live the healthiest life possible. The winners receive a cash prize and will be honored at an awards presentation on December 11, 2019, at the Foundation’s headquarters in Princeton, N.J.
The RWJF Award for Health Equity was launched in 2015, supporting national membership organizations from public health, health care, social justice, civic leadership, community development, education, planning, and philanthropy in recognition of their important work in the field. Those organizations find and select changemakers in their community who are improving well-being for the people they serve.
This year’s honorees include a primary care doctor who developed the most widely disseminated community health worker program in the United States; two community leaders who helped implement the first set of health and wellness standards for a park and recreation agency in their state; and a CEO working to break the cycle of discrimination and social stigma experienced by transgender people and other marginalized communities...
Arianna Innuritegui-Lint founded Arianna’s Center to empower the trans community in South Florida. The Center is one of the few organizations in the state that is led by and anchored within the transgender community. It offers programs and services tailored to its clients' needs such as helping clients access anti-HIV medication, study for their GED, or find emergency housing after being released from jail or a detention center. Through her work, Lint, also a transgender woman, has worked to educate institutions and individuals on trans health issues and break the cycle of discrimination and social stigma experienced by transgender people.