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Community leaders honored for helping Americans most in need
Date:11/8/2011

BALTIMOREThe Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is proud to announce today the recipients of its 2011 Community Health Leaders Award, honoring 10 individuals who have overcome daunting odds to improve the health and quality of life for disadvantaged or underserved communities across the country.

"These individuals represent the best of America," said Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA, president and chief executive officer of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. "Each of our 2011 Community Health Leaders identified a dire need in their community and took personal and professional risks to address that need. They are helping the people in their communities to live healthier, better lives."

The 2011 Community Health Leaders Award recipients are helping to provide vital health services to residents in their own communitiespeople with disabilities, children growing up in public housing, frail seniors who do not speak English, the uninsured working poor, and those in need of health services who live in remote, rural areas.

Now in its 18th year, the Community Health Leaders Award elevates the work of the leaders by raising awareness of their extraordinary contributions through national visibility, a $125,000 award, and networking opportunities.

The 2011 Community Health Leaders will be named today at an awards ceremony at the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards.

The 2011 Community Health Leaders are:

Jamie Boyd, PhD, nursing assistant professor and health programs coordinator, University of Hawaii at Windward, Kaneohe, Hawaii. She is the University of Hawaii's first Native Hawaiian with a PhD who is also a registered nurse. Boyd created Pathway out of Poverty, a program based on cultural values to train Hawaiians and other disadvantaged students in nursing careers. A former foster child and teen mother, Boyd's vision is to reduce poverty, increase the representation of Hawaiians in nursing, and train more emp
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