RWJF Culture of Health Prize Winners

Stories about U.S. communities that are making great strides in their journey toward better health.

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Each year, RWJF honors and elevates U.S. communities that are making great strides in their journey to better health and well-being.

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Announcing the 2016 Prize Winners

September 14, 2016 | News Release

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announced the seven communities selected to receive the 2016 RWJF Culture of Health Prize. The winning communities were chosen from a group of nearly 200 applicants.

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2017 Call for Applications

Apply now to receive up to $25,000 and have your stories and successes celebrated broadly to inspire others toward locally-driven change. Deadline: November 03, 2016, 3:00 p.m. ET.

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Manchester, New Hampshire

September 14, 2016 | Story

In the largest city in northern New England, public officials and private sector leaders have taken a data-driven, block-by-block approach to better health.


24:1 Community, Missouri

September 14, 2016 | Story

Twenty-four contiguous municipalities northwest of St. Louis, M.O., embrace an “all-for-one” approach to heal their community.


Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe, Washington

September 14, 2016 | Story

For years, members of the Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe had to drive 70 miles to see a doctor. Now, the Tribe's holistic approach to health led them to open a Wellness Center, encourage youth leaders and come together for emergency preparedness.


Santa Monica, California

September 14, 2016 | Story

Santa Monica has been building an inclusive, equitable, and diverse community for more than 40 years. The City is taking a data-driven approach to become a true City of Wellbeing where everyone thrives.


Louisville, Kentucky

September 14, 2016 | Story

Collaboration, data driven decision-making, and a shared commitment to health anchor efforts in Louisville.


Columbia Gorge Region, Oregon and Washington

September 14, 2016 | Story

To bridge disparities, the people of the Columbia Gorge Region, a 2016 RWJF Culture of Health Prize winner, turned an ordinary requirement from Oregon lawmakers into an extraordinary opportunity to improve the health and wellness of all residents.


Miami-Dade County, Florida

September 14, 2016 | Story

A vibrant, collaborative, and coordinated approach to improved health is happening across a diverse Miami-Dade County, where 51 percent of its almost 2.7 million residents are foreign-born and at least 79 cultures are represented within its borders.

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