Puerto Rican is selected by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as a fellow of its prestigious Culture of Health Leaders national program The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the largest philanthropic organization in the United States dedicated exclusively to health, recently selected Mariely Rivera Hernández as a fellow of the Culture of Health Leaders national program 2019, the only resident from Puerto Rico to receive this prestigious fellowship. Since 1972 the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has supported research and programs aimed at the most pressing health problems ranging from substance abuse, access to health services, to improving the quality of life.
Mariely Rivera-Hernández is the founder and leader of ChangeMaker Consultants, a firm focused on management and best practices, and the ChangeMaker Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing changemakers, both operating in Puerto Rico. The innovative foundation has the support of the Puerto Rico Science, Technology and Research as its fiscal agent.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health program fellows aim to put their knowledge and talents into action to solve significant social problems by integrating the health component in favor of the well-being of communities, corporations, people and interested sectors. The program encourages collaboration between people from different fields and professions that influence people’s health to build fair and prosperous communities.
The fellowship will require Rivera-Hernández to develop initiatives for three consecutive years that influence a culture of health that responsive to people's well-being while continuing to lead her own professional projects. “I feel very honored to be selected for this fellowship and I am convinced that I will continue to strengthen my skills as a leader. I intend to share this knowledge and create a vibrant ecosystem of changemakers in different professions, especially in nonprofit management, ”said Mariely Rivera Hernández.
Changemakers are people committed to their community, who collaborate and are involved in provoking favorable changes to transform circumstances in favor of social good. As a leader with twenty years of experience in the non-profit sector, Mariely Rivera-Hernández firmly believes that the values she has chosen to represent in her professional field reflect her contributions as a changemaker and citizen. “Being a leader involves designing new ways of living, learning and working towards the well-being of people, fostering a culture of health. It is to lead with diversity, inclusion and equity in favor of the common good”, said Mariely Rivera Hernández.