Meet the RWJF Culture of Health Prize Winners

These six communities are beacons of hope and progress for healthier people and families. They were selected from more than 250 applicants in 2014, and are leading some of the nation’s most innovative efforts to build a national Culture of Health.

Building a Culture of Health

Building a Culture of Health means building a society where getting healthy and staying healthy is a fundamental and guiding social value that helps define American culture. The RWJF Culture of Health Prize honors communities which place a high priority on health and bring partners together to drive local change.

Each year, communities across the nation who are leading some of the nation’s most innovative efforts to build a Culture of Health receive a no-strings attached $25,000 cash prize in recognition of their accomplishments. These communities are beacons of hope and progress for healthier people and families.

See our 2014 Prize Winners

See our 2014 Prize Winners

See our 2014 Prize Winners

See our 2014 Prize Winners

The RWJF Culture of Health Prize goal is to raise awareness and inspire locally-driven change across the country. Watch and learn about our 2014 winners. 

The RWJF Culture of Health Prize goal is to raise awareness and inspire locally-driven change across the country. Watch and learn about our 2014 winners. 

See our 2014 Prize Winners

The RWJF Culture of Health Prize goal is to raise awareness and inspire locally-driven change across the country. Watch and learn about our 2014 winners. 

Communities on the Road to Better Health

We know that where we live matters greatly to our health. Guided by this knowledge, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation honors outstanding communities that are transforming in ways that help to put better health within everyone’s reach. Representing places large and small from across the nation, the Culture of Health Prize communities signify solutions-driven leadership at its finest.

These communities are creating powerful partnerships and deep commitments to drive local change, weaving health into all decisions, and ensuring that all residents have an opportunity to make healthy choices in their schools, workplaces and neighborhoods.

2016 CULTURE OF HEALTH PRIZE

The 2016 competition will launch August 10, 2015. Up to 10 winning communities will each receive a $25,000 cash prize and have their stories shared broadly with the goal of inspiring locally driven change across the nation. To be notified when the 2016 Call for Applications is released, sign up for funding alerts.

2015 CULTURE OF HEALTH PRIZE FINALISTS

Fifteen finalist communities are one step closer to the coveted national Culture of Health Prize. The 2015 Culture of Health Prize winners will be announced October 28, 2015.

2014 Culture of Health Prize Winners

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Spokane County, WA

July 31, 2014

Recognizing the powerful impact education has on long-term health, Spokane is improving health by expanding educational opportunities that empower young people.

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Durham, NC

June 25, 2014

To build a healthier community, Durham County is harnessing locally driven revitalization efforts to address the many factors that impact health.

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Buncombe County, NC

June 25, 2014

By creating a broad collaboration of community partners, Buncombe County is on a path to long-term and sustainable change.

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Brownsville, TX

June 25, 2014

Brownsville is highly successful in promoting active lifestyles and demonstrates the strength of community partnerships in action.

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Taos Pueblo, NM

June 17, 2014

The Taos Pueblo community of northern New Mexico is drawing on its cultural traditions to address modern challenges.

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Williamson, WV

June 17, 2014

In the heart of central Appalachia coal country, Williamson is committed to improving health and expanding economic development.

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improving community health

The RWJF Culture of Health Prize was launched to further the work of the County Healthy Rankings & Roadmaps program, which aims to educate the public and policy-makers on the multiple factors that influence community health—such as education, economic conditions, and the physical environment—and to provide solutions that will improve community health.