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Date:10/29/2008

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Announces Winners of the 2008 Community Health Leaders Award

PRINCETON, N.J. and SAN DIEGO, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) today announced the 2008 recipients of its Community Health Leaders (CHL) Award at its Annual Meeting in San Diego. The CHL Award honors unrecognized individuals who overcome daunting odds to improve the health and quality of life for underserved men, women and children in communities across the United States.

Now in its 15th year, the CHL awardees represent the geographical, cultural, ethnic, social and economic diversity of America. From providing deaf patients better access to medical care with interpreters, to giving low-income children a fair start on their education with eye exams, to violence prevention programs for teens, the awardees have dedicated themselves to tackling some of the most intractable problems affecting the health of their communities.

"The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is proud to recognize and honor these courageous individuals who are leading and shaping health care practice and health policy through local action," said Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D., M.B.A., president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. "These Community Health Leaders are truly unsung heroes who have stopped at nothing to help the people of their communities live healthier, better lives."

This year's winners join a distinguished and diverse group of 150 previous award recipients. The 2008 Community Health Leaders named today are:

1) STEPHEN BLACK, President & Founder of Impact Alabama, Birmingham, Alabama

Stephen Black, the grandson of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black, was raised with a great sense of civic duty. So instead of pursuing a lucrative legal career in private practice after graduating from Yale Law School, he returned to his Alabama roots, believing he had an obligation and social responsibility to h
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