NRPA Receives Grant to Celebrate Those Advancing Health Equity
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has awarded the National Recreation and Park Association 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 and education—in order to improve lives and reduce health disparities.
During the seven-year program, NRPA will independently solicit and evaluate nominations from its membership and select a winner for the award. Winners will be announced at the NRPA Annual Conference, as well as at an annual recognition and learning event at RWJF that will highlight the work of all 10 winners.
"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."
"With the serious health concerns and disparities we face today, local park and recreation agencies are well-positioned in every community across the country to create environments that promote healthy, active living and support a culture of health," said Barbara Tulipane, president and CEO of NRPA. "We are pleased to be a recipient of the RWJF Awards for Health Equity, knowing it will strengthen our national awards program and compel our members to think about how their work impacts inequities in health."