I am writing to let you know about the Roux Prize, a new US$100,000 award recently launched by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) to recognize individuals or groups who have used disease burden evidence to take action that makes people healthier. Nominees may come from anywhere in the world and could include, but are not limited to, staff in government agencies, researchers at academic institutions, volunteers in charitable organizations, or health providers working in the community. The only requirement is that they have used Global Burden of Disease (GBD) findings at some point since the publication of the first GBD study in 1993 to improve health at the local, national, or global level.
GBD is a systematic, scientific effort to quantify the comparative magnitude of health loss due to diseases, injuries, and risk factors. Data on disease burden have led to changes on a variety of health issues, ranging from global tobacco control to laws in Vietnam encouraging helmet use among riders of motorcycles and bicycles to reduce road injury deaths.
We would greatly appreciate your assistance in nominating worthy individuals and sharing information about the prize via social media or e-mail. Nominations are due March 31, 2014, and the winner will be announced at an event in September 2014. More information can be found at rouxprize.org. A digital Roux prize flier is available online: ihmeuw.org/rouxprize-flier
Please let me know if you have any questions or need additional information. Thank you for your time.
Katie Leach-Kemon, MPH
Policy Translation Specialist
Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation | University of Washington