#wethedata contributor Dr. Prabhjot Singh Wins Young Leader Award

Great news – the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation named #wethedata contributor, Dr. Prabhjot Singh, one of 10 people under 40 transforming the US health care system. Prabhjot is the Director of Systems Design at The Earth Institute as well as an Assistant Professor at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University and is a resident in internal medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. You might remember seeing Prabhjot’s stirring #wethedata guest blog post last month titled Imagine Truly Knowing The Pulse Of A City Or The Pressure Of Growing Up In A Tough Neighborhood.

Young Leader Awards

Prabhjot is one of 10 winners of the first-ever Young Leader Awards, which mark the 40th anniversary of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The awards recognize leaders who are ages 40 or under “for their exceptional contributions to improving the health of the nation.” The awards, which come with a $40,000 prize, also signal the winners’ strong potential for future leadership, according to the foundation. Prabhjot attributes his latest win to a project close to his heart: “It’s in large part for the work we’re doing with City Health Works!, particularly our innovative interest and application of rich data systems that communities use“. He hopes that other groups working at a similar intersection will help push their work forward.

Collaboration and Leadership

Prabhjot is very passionate about forwarding an Earth Institute led initiative to bring together the Dept of Health, city health systems, insurance companies and groups like City Health Works! to figure out what the interface of community generated data and formal health systems data looks like. He concludes of the award: “I thought it was an amazing opportunity to really translate low resources innovations from across the world to domestic health systems like in East Harlem”.

“We really want to put Harlem on the map as a leader in community led systems change.  Our friends in the community would like to as well!”

To learn more about Prabhjot’s inspiring and much-needed work to improve the US healthcare system and his newly minted Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award, click here.

Tragically, the health system so often first learns about someone in the red zone when the damage is already done. What we need are a thousand wired torches, wielded by people in the community who know their neighbors best, to guide them to the right place at the right time.”

— Dr. Prabhjot Singh

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