Nominations are open for the 2022 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Equity

The vision of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is to build a culture of health to ensure the achievement of health equity. And the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-AIDS United Award for Health Equity honors those who have successfully implemented systems changes and promoted and highlighted solutions at the community level that lead to health equity.

Last year, we were proud to recognize Brenda Flowers, founder of Rising Against All Odds Inc. for her work to provide HIV prevention, education and awareness in the deep South. Rising Against All Odds provides free and confidential HIV testing and counseling, comprehensive non-clinical case-management services, peer advocates, consulting and public forums dedicated to the elimination of HIV one person-one community at a time. Check out our conversation with Flowers here.

In previous years, we have also honored D. Rashaan Gilmore, the founder, CEO and president of BlaqOut Inc., an organization prioritizing Black queer health, Arianna Inurritegui-Lint who works to serve and supporting the trans community of South Florida, and Yolo Akili Robinson, founder of BEAM, an organization prioritizing mental health in Black communities.

Now, nominations are open again to celebrate and uplift changemakers in our community.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-AIDS United Award for Health Equity recognizes individuals or teams of individuals, who have successfully implemented a systems-change approach to reduce health inequities within the past two years, in one or more of the following areas:

  • Access to quality care.
  • Education.
  • Employment.
  • Income.
  • Community environment.
  • Housing.
  • Public safety.

We are accepting nominations for the Robert Wood Johnson Award for Health Equity through Friday, Oct. 21, at 11:59 p.m. EDT. All applications should be submitted here. For full application guidance, click here. If you have additional questions, please contact Laura Gerson at