The Colorado Health Foundation is accepting nominations for its annual Dr. Virgilio Licona Community Health Leadership Award.
A nationally recognized social justice advocate, Licona contributed to the health of Colorado residents as a physician and expert in rural health delivery and migrant health. His service as a community leader also brought a critical voice to some of the most important conversations and decisions related to whether it is possible to bring lifelong good health into reach for all residents of the state.
Established in his honor, the Health Leadership Award recognizes an on-the-ground changemaker working to help Colorado’s highest-need communities thrive — today, tomorrow, and in the future. Compelling nominees include those who build bridges between people with differing backgrounds or viewpoints; those who have achieved positive change in their community; those who contribute to better public policies and practices in the field; those who represent a community organization that can show evidence of improving health outcomes; and those who create positive impact with respect to the delivery of rural health, migrant health, and/or the overall health of minority communities.
The award recipient will have the opportunity to designate a one-time $20,000 grant in support of his or her work or to a nonprofit that is working to improve the health of Colorado residents, as well as the opportunity to attend the Colorado Health Symposium free of charge (including lodging and meals).
To be eligible for the award, nominees must be a resident of Colorado and be making a significant contribution to community health and/or public health policy in Colorado. Self-nominations will not be considered.
See the Colorado Health Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.