Tom Lantos Innovation in Community Service Awards

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Thank you very much for all who have submitted an application.

Huff and Puff poster


If you had $5,000 to do something to help the pulmonary hypertension (PH) community, what would you do?

PHA's Tom Lantos Innovation in Community Service Awards, given out once a year, provide up to $5,000 for projects created in the community that extend support, education and advocacy services to those affected by PH who are underserved by existing programming. The awards are named for one of the true heroes of the PH community, the late Rep. Tom Lantos (D-Calif.), a PH supporter and early advocate in Congress of legislation that would benefit people living with PH.

Lantos Award project ideas might address the following areas:

  • Public awareness
  • Education
  • Resource development
  • Advocacy
  • Other initiatives that benefit the PH community

Timeline and Additional Information

Projects should be completed within a 12-month period with an approximate start date of April 2017.

Please refer to the program guidelines for more information.

Watch the "Recipe for a Successful Lantos Grant" video to learn more:

Previous Lantos Award Winners

The following PH community members were chosen to implement new awareness-raising initiatives and create new community services and resources through the Tom Lantos Innovation in Community Service Awards program.

  • Donna Caterini's "Huff and Puff" poster (above) used the story of the Big Bad Wolf to explain PH and promote local support group meetings.
  • Bonnie Patricelli and her son Ryan Juntti created 50,000 hot beverage cup sleeves designed and printed with a PH awareness message for the public. These “hot holders” were distributed around the country to coffee shops near high-traffic areas such as college campuses, train stations, and airports.
  • PHA Israel held an intensive one-day conference on PH for the medical, research and public health communities addressing PH diagnosis and treatment and the challenges of living with PH.

Read more about the winning projects in 2016, 2015, 2014, 20132012, 2011 and 2010.


If you have questions, or would like to brainstorm project ideas, contact:

This program is supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Gilead Sciences.

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