December 22, 2015        

CONTACT: Raphaelle Richardson  rrichardson@youthmovenational.org

Decorah, Iowa—The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) —the nation’s leading philanthropy on health and health care—has awarded Youth M.O.V.E. National a $60,000 grant spanning seven years to help establish the RWJF Awards for Health Equity.

The RWJF Awards for Health Equity is supporting a total of 10 national membership organizations in finding and honoring individuals who are successfully using systems changes to address health disparities within their communities. RWJF believes that it is critical to improve systems that influence the determinants of health —such as public safety, employment, housing, education—in order to improve lives and reduce health disparities.

During this seven-year program, Youth M.O.V.E. National will independently solicit and evaluate nominations from their membership and select a winner for the award. Winners will be announced at Youth M.O.V.E. National’s Annual Meetings as well as at an annual recognition and learning event at RWJF that will highlight the work of all 10 winners. The organizations that have been selected to administer the awards program span several sectors including public health, health care, business, media, social justice, civic leadership, faith-based, education, community development, or philanthropy.

“As a nation, we will not be able to achieve a Culture of Health without ensuring that everyone has an equal opportunity to live in healthy environments, make healthy choices and receive quality health care” said Catherine Malone, DBA, MBA, program officer of the RWJF Awards for Health Equity. “By celebrating those who have successfully implemented systems changes related to the determinants of health, we hope to heighten awareness of the promising potential that systems changes have to eliminate health disparities in our society”.

“Youth M.O.V.E. National is a strong proponent of preparing youth to be true partners in community change with an understanding that said efforts will assist youth in achieving the best prospects to live longer healthier lives” said Raphaelle Richardson, Director of Resource and Development.

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About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

For more than 40 years the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to improve health and health care. We are striving to build a national Culture of Health that will enable all to live longer, healthier lives now and for generations to come. For more information, visit www.rwjf.org. Follow the Foundation on Twitter at www.rwjf.org/twitter or on Facebook at www.rwjf.org/facebook.

About Youth M.O.V.E. National

Youth M.O.V.E. National is a youth-led organization purposed to unite the voices of youth and the causes that impact the healthy growth and development of youth with lived experience in social service systems such as; child welfare, mental health, education, and juvenile justice. For more information visit www.YouthMOVENational.org. Follow the organization on facebook at www.facebook.com/YouthMOVENational and twitter, Instagram, Tumblr.

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