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Nominations Sought for St. Luke's Episcopal Health Charities’  2012 Community Health Leadership Award 

HOUSTON (June 1, 2012) –  Each year, St. Luke's Episcopal Health Charities' Community Health Leadership Program honors a nonprofit leader for his or her work in improving the health of vulnerable populations within the 57-county Episcopal Diocese of Texas. The recipient receives $50,000 to be presented to the 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency of their choice. All nominees should embody the operating values of the Charities: informed action, collaboration and empowerment. Active engagement in the community and outstanding leadership in the collaborative nature of community health work are prerequisites for being chosen for this award. In addition, we are eager to learn about how the nominee inspires leadership in his or her board, staff, volunteers and partners. 

The seven previous award recipients include the 2011 honoree Dr. David Buck from Healthcare for the Homeless-Houston, Sandra Martin from Austin’s Center for Child Protection, Mark Nichols, DDS, from Bering Omega Dental Clinic, Dorothy Weston Gibbons of The Rose, Bill Jones of Casa de Esperanza de los Niños, Bob Randall, PhD of Urban Harvest and Daniel Montez of Houston Community Health Centers. Nomination forms and guidelines are available at www.slehc.org or by e-mailing [email protected]. All nominations are due by noon July 13, 2012.

The selected nominee will be notified of his or her selection by October 25, 2012. Both honoree and nominator will be recognized at the Charities’ 15th Anniversary Celebration on November 15, 2012.

Now in its seventh year, the Community Health Leadership Award was created to honor the not fully recognized efforts of one outstanding nonprofit community health leader who is motivated to use his or her knowledge and skills to reach out and advance community health in body, mind and spirit. We are eager to learn more about nominees, their agencies and their leadership vision.

About St. Luke’s Episcopal Health Charities
A supporting 501(c)(3) of the St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System, the Charities is the area’s largest public charity focused solely on public health and research in the area’s most underserved neighborhoods. A one-of-a-kind entity in Texas, the Charities provides responsible stewardship to strengthen and sustain funded programs, recognizing that research practices built on community partnerships often produce more effective interventions and outcomes. To date, the Charities has touched 15 million lives with $86 million distributed through nearly 1,800 research-informed grants to nonprofit community health service programs throughout Southeast Texas. 

Through research-informed grantmaking to Texas nonprofits, St. Luke's Episcopal Health Charities, a separate component of St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System, improves community health and reduces health disparities.  Our Center for Community-Based Research is dedicated to community-based participatory research practices that foster informed action, collaboration and empowerment for the medically underserved and other vulnerable populations.

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