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Dr. Virgilio Licona Community Health Leadership Award

Award to a Colorado Individual to Recognize
Efforts to Promote Health Equity

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Colorado Health Foundation

Deadline Date:

04/20/21 5:00 PM MT


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Award to a Colorado individual to recognize outstanding efforts to promote health equity in local communities. The awardee will receive $20,000 to donate to a health nonprofit organization of their choosing. The purpose of this award program is to recognize Coloradans who are finding innovative and effective strategies to overcoming community health barriers across the State.

The Foundation is pleased to open this award program again in 2021 to honor on-the-ground changemakers – working both at the systems- and community-levels – who are helping Coloradans with the greatest needs thrive today, tomorrow and in the years ahead.

The award program is designed to:

  • Recognize impactful efforts advancing social justice for and health improvement of Coloradans who have historically had less power and/or privilege             
  • Advance innovative, proven and replicable solutions to address critical health issues in Colorado communities
  • Recognize community health leadership and the power of community-based leadership in driving positive health outcomes
  • Inspire others to strive toward Dr. Licona’s standard of excellence and to honor those whose work embodies his spirit of care, compassion, activism and dedication

Through this award program, the Foundation recognizes one Coloradan annually who demonstrates distinguished leadership in the communities they serve and in the systems they are working to disrupt for positive change.

A strong nomination application will exhibit the following characteristics:

  • Aligns with the Foundation’s cornerstones which outline who we serve, how our work is informed and our intent to create health equity
  • Advocates and creates a positive impact for advancing social justice and improving the health of Coloradans who have historically had less power and/or privilege
  • Achieves positive systems- and community-level change that advance health equity for people in their community
  • Contributes to better public policies and practices in the field
  • Fosters lasting connections and builds bridges among people with differing backgrounds or viewpoints
  • Represents a community-based organization from any field (e.g., education, health, public safety, housing, economic development, environment, etc.) that shows evidence of improving health outcomes in their community

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GrantWatch ID#: 195237

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The award recipient will be offered the opportunity to designate a one-time $20,000 donation to support their work or that of another nonprofit working to improve the health of Coloradans.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nominees must meet the following criteria:

- Must be a Colorado resident
- Must be making a positive impact on the health of Coloradans who have historically had less power and/or privilege
-Must have influenced or made a significant contribution to community health and/or public policy in
Colorado that advances the Foundation’s efforts to bring health in reach for all Coloradans

Nominations must comply with the following eligibility requirements:

- Nominations are open to the public
- Each nominator is allowed one nomination
- Potential candidates may be nominated by more than one person
- Organizations may nominate more than one person, but may only submit a single nomination per candidate.
- No self-nominations will be considered
- No Foundation Board member, Board committee community member, staff or their immediate family members will be considered
- No posthumous nominations will be considered
- No standing elected officials will be considered

The award donation funds may be distributed to the winner’s Colorado-based charity of choice, but “shall be used for such charities that do not enjoy substantial support through taxation.” As a result, The Colorado Health Foundation may only make a grant to a publicly-funded organization if the grant supports a specific project that does not receive most of its funding from public dollars.

Pre-Application Information:

The Dr. Virgilio Licona Community Health Leadership Award is now open for nominations through 5 p.m. MT on Tuesday, April 20, 2021.

The final award winner will be chosen by The Colorado Health Foundation Board of Directors in the summer of 2021, and the awardee will be announced in the fall.

The Foundation encourages individuals within an organization to collaborate on submitting a single application per candidate.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For questions, contact Keri Jones, Colorado Health Foundation communications officer, at 303-953-3695 or

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