Eligibility, How to Apply, Selection Criteria, and Process

Below are details about how to participate in the Pearl Birnbaum Hurwitz Humanism in Healthcare Award.

Eligibility

Nominees must:

  • Be a woman.
  • Have a history of health-focused advocacy work targeting underserved communities. Although healthcare is the focus, work may cut across other sectors, such as education, social services, research, policymaking and legislation, community mobilization, activism, etc.
  • Be extensively involved and currently active in her advocacy work.
  • Demonstrate the values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in her work.
  • The award is focused on women who are mid-career in her work.
  • Nominees do not need to have a professional degree.
  • Previously nominated individuals may be nominated again (not to exceed two times within five years).

How and When to Apply

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation is now accepting nominations for the 2022 award. Submit your nomination here. The deadline to submit has been extended to June 6.

Nominators will describe their nominee’s work, her advocacy on behalf of underserved populations, and the impact of this work.

Selection Criteria and Process

The Gold Foundation includes outside experts to support the review process and make recommendations to the Gold Foundation. Based on these external recommendations and internal reviews from Gold Foundation staff, the Pearl Birnbaum Humanism in Healthcare Awardee is selected according the following criteria:

  • Demonstrates a history of health-focused advocacy work targeting underserved communities
  • Maintains a high level of compassion and empathy
  • Demonstrates respect, sensitivity and appreciation for individuals’ social, cultural and economic backgrounds
  • Acts as a strong voice for the underserved
  • Has impacted a significant number of individuals
  • Has created lasting institutional change in the way/scope in which care is administered
  • Has received public recognition or been previously awarded for their advocacy work

The Gold Foundation champions humanism in healthcare, which we define as compassionate, collaborative, and scientifically excellent care. Those honored by the Gold Foundation with the Pearl Birnbaum Humanism in Healthcare Award are expected to reflect these values in daily practice and strive to be exemplars of humanism in healthcare.

Honoring the recipients

The Pearl Birnbaum Hurwitz Humanism in Healthcare Award winner receives a plaque and a check for $1,000 from The Arnold P. Gold Foundation. The award will be presented at a ceremony, which may be virtual.