2020 CJA Awards


The Communities Joined in Action (CJA) 2020 Awards Committee is requesting nominations for this year’s annual awards. The awards will be presented during the Annual Conference, “Partnering to Build Equitable Communities” taking place May 6-8, 2020 in New Orleans, LA 

This is your invitation to recognize your fellow CJA members, partners, communities and resident leaders for their contributions to community health and well-being. Individuals or groups involved in any aspect of community health should be nominated for these leadership awards.

Please review the criteria for each award listed and select the category most suited to your nominee’s accomplishments.

You are not limited in the number of nominations you submit; however, each nomination must be a separate submission. 

Please note: Letters of recommendation are strongly encouraged, but not required when submitting nominations

Deadline to submit nominations is March 20, 2020.


Emerging Leader in Healthcare Transformation Award
This is an award dedicated to an individual who is an outstanding community leader and/or practitioner.  This individual has demonstrated a commitment to achieving health equity and improving community health for a minimum of ten years and is under 40 years of age.

Grassroots/Political Engagement Award
This is an award dedicated to an outstanding leader with specific skills in grassroots community organizing and/or utilizing the political process to advance community health and equity. This award is given to an individual, an agency or a coalition/collaborative.

Health Transformation Award
This is an award that recognizes an individual, organization, or community health coalition/collaborative that has demonstrated a breakthrough model that achieves better health outcomes, reduces inequities, promotes a culture of health; and, is adaptable in other settings.

Marilyn Hughes Gaston Health Equity Award
This award recognizes a leader who has had broad and substantive influence on theory, policy and/or practice addressing health disparities and improving community health and well-being. The award recognizes the impact that leaders who are dedicated to social justice and health can have on equity and community health.  

Click HERE to submit a CJA Award nomination

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