The Health Foundation occasionally receives an award in recognition of the work we do on behalf of the community. On an annual basis, we honor the accomplishments of exceptional grantees through the presentation of the Robert Oppenheimer Impact Award.

Awards Received by the Health Foundation

W. B. Potter Founder’s Award

The W. B. Potter Founder’s Award is the most significant award given for a community campaign by the Ad Council of Rochester. The award recognizes a team—including individuals and organizations—that has succeeded in bringing to life a results-oriented, collaborative initiative that fills a community need; and, in so doing, supports the Ad Council’s vision and mission while serving as a role model for other partnerships. The Health Foundation was recognized for its success in bringing more than 100 organizations into its Childhood Healthy Weight initiative.


2013 White House Champions of Change

The Health Foundation received a White House Champions of Change award for its work with the YMCA of Greater Rochester to prevent diabetes, increase the number of urban families at a healthy weight and improve the 90-year-old Maplewood YMCA, as well as for the Foundation’s work to improve neighborhood health and health care delivery. The Champions of Change is a White House program that recognizes individuals, businesses, and organizations that are doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities. The award acknowledges the work of the Health Foundation and the YMCA of Greater Rochester to transform our community and make it a better place in which to live.


2013 Bonnie C. DeVinney Appointed to the Institute of Medicine

Bonnie C. DeVinney, Vice President and Chief Program Officer of the Health Foundation, has been appointed a founding member of the Roundtable on Obesity Solutions at The Institute of Medicine (IOM). IOM is an independent nonprofit organization that works outside of government to provide unbiased and authoritative advice to decision makers and the public to address and identify promising solutions in such areas as food and nutrition, physical activity, families, early care and education, schools, and health care settings.


2011 Anthony L. Jordan’s Community Champions

The Anthony L. Jordan’s Community Champions award was presented to John Urban and the Health Foundation for the emergency grant of $1 million to maintain the financial stability of Westside Health Services until a permanent solution could be developed as it faced significant financial deficits. Urban played a significant leadership role in garnering community support to preserve health care services for patients being served by Woodward Health Center and Brown Square Health Center and the acquisition of Westside by Anthony L. Jordan Health Center.



Scholarships Given by the Health Foundation

Genesee Valley Nurses Association administers the Nursing Student Emergency Fund with funding of up to $150,000 for use on an as-needed basis between 2008 through today for financial support for RN students in good academic standing who face unexpected financial hardships that could compromise their ability to stay in school.

Ibero-American Action League was awarded up to $50,000 in 2013 for use over several years for scholarships to support the education of students pursuing a college degree in the health care field.

Urban League was awarded up to $50,000 in 2013 to distribute over several years for scholarships to support the education of students pursuing a college degree in the health care field.