The Awards have been used to expand current projects, provide seed funding for new local initiatives; build evaluation and data collection systems; support training; engaging and recruiting new clients; and other strategic purposes.
In 2013, CHL ranked the most important health issues in their communities: Access to health care; Health equity/Eliminating health disparities; and Social Determinants of health. Over the past 20 years, Leaders have worked to help economically and socially disadvantaged communities to:
Develop technologies and therapeutic tools for persons with profound physical disabilities
Improve access to needed supplies such as free diapers to families in poverty
Provide cost-effective medical, dental and vision care for adults and children living in urban and rural poverty
Encourage and support students to enter various health careers and professions
Participate in aggressive community health education campaigns strengthening the linkage from prevention to treatment
Advocate and help address environmental issues related to heath disparities