CULTURE OF HEALTH PRIZE

2018 Call for
Applications

The Culture of Health Prize honors and elevates American communities that are making great strides in their journey toward better health.

2018 Call for Applications

We want to hear from communities that have placed a priority on health and are creating powerful partnerships and deep commitments to provide everyone, especially those facing the greatest challenges, with the opportunity to live the healthiest life possible.

If your community is using innovative ways to catalyze and sustain positive change, take the time to learn more about what it takes to be an RWJF Culture of Health Prize winner. Register to join the informational webinar on September 20th.

Application Deadline
November 3, 2017, 3:00 p.m. ET
Release Date: August 10, 2017
Learn how to apply

Meet the Culture of Health Prize Winners

Communities across the country are coming together to make health a priority. Meet the previous winners and explore their stories.

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24:1 Community, Missouri

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

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Columbia Gorge Region, Oregon and Washington

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.

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Louisville, Kentucky

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

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Manchester, New Hampshire

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.

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Miami-Dade County, Florida

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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Santa Monica, California

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.

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Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe, Washington

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.

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Bridgeport, CT: 2015 Culture of Health Prize Winner

Innovative “green” strategies have revitalized Bridgeport and created a healthy, sustainable environment. The transformation has not only boosted the economy, but is also leading to new schools, housing, green spaces—and opportunities for health.

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Everett, MA: 2015 Culture of Health Prize Winner

In Everett, if all residents are to be healthy, racial justice and economic opportunity are essential. Community-police relations and expanding resident access to jobs that pay livable wages are a core focus of their work.

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Kansas City, MO: 2015 Culture of Health Prize Winner

Kansas City is creating a safe, healthy environment for all its residents by addressing what impacts health. Over the past decade, life expectancy improved for all. The gap between white and African-American residents was reduced from 6.5 to 5 years.

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Lawrence, MA: 2015 Culture of Health Prize Winner

Lawrence is making schools a community hub where parents get help for their children and financial and employment guidance for themselves. This has helped to raise the high school graduation rate from 52% in 2011 to 67% last year.

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Menominee Nation, WI: 2015 Culture of Health Prize Winner

Menominee Nation is improving health by reclaiming traditional culture and using trauma-specific interventions to foster healing from historical losses. As a result, 4-year graduation rates increased from less than 60% in 2007 to nearly 99% in 2014.

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RWJF Awards Eight Communities with RWJF Culture of Health Prize

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announced the eight winners of the 2015 RWJF Culture of Health Prize, which honors communities that are working to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to live a longer, healthier, and more productive life.

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Spartanburg County, SC: 2015 Culture of Health Prize Winner

Data driven decision making, partnerships, and collective impact—that is the Spartanburg way. They are connecting low-income residents to medical homes and support for the social determinants of health, resulting in a 42% drop in hospital costs.

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The Bronx, NY: 2015 Culture of Health Prize Winner

Residents and organizations of the Bronx have united to revitalize everything from jobs and schools to housing and the environment. From 1985 to 2013, life expectancy at birth increased by 9.7 and 6.5 years for Bronx men and women, respectively.

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Waaswaaganing Anishinaabeg (Lac du Flambeau) Tribe, WI: 2015 Culture of Health Prize Winner

The Waaswaaganing Anishinaabeg (Lac du Flambeau) Tribe is drawing on cultural traditions to strengthen well-being. A youth program uses practices steeped in the Ojibwe language to improve school attendance and redirect at-risk youth.

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Brownsville, TX: 2014 Culture of Health Prize Winner

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

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Buncombe County, NC: 2014 Culture of Health Prize Winner

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

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Durham, NC: 2014 Culture of Health Prize Winner

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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Spokane County, WA: 2014 Culture of Health Prize Winner

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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Taos Pueblo, NM: 2014 Culture of Health Prize Winner

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

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Williamson, WV: 2014 Culture of Health Prize Winner

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

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Cambridge, MA: 2013 RWJF Culture of Health Prize Winner

Cambridge—best known for its world-renowned universities—is improving health equity by addressing public health challenges like obesity and school readiness. Cambridge is one the six winners of the inaugural RWJF Culture of Health Prize.

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Fall River, MA: 2013 RWJF Culture of Health Prize

Fall River, Massachusetts is one of the six winners of the inaugural RWJF Culture of Health Prize. The prize honors outstanding community partnerships, which are helping people live healthier lives.

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Manistique, MI: 2013 RWJF Culture of Health Prize

Manistique, Michigan is one of the six winners of the inaugural RWJF Culture of Health Prize. The prize honors outstanding community partnerships, which are helping people live healthier lives.

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Minneapolis, MN: 2013 RWJF Culture of Health Prize

Minneapolis, Minnesota is one of the six winners of the inaugural RWJF Culture of Health Prize. The prize honors outstanding community partnerships, which are helping people live healthier lives.

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New Orleans, LA: 2013 RWJF Culture of Health Prize Winner

New Orleans, Louisiana, is one of the six inaugural winners of the RWJF Culture of Health Prize. The prize honors outstanding community partnerships, which are helping people live healthier lives.

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Santa Cruz County, CA: 2013 RWJF Culture of Health Prize

Santa Cruz County, California is one of the six winners of the inaugural RWJF Culture of Health Prize. The prize honors outstanding community partnerships, which are helping people live healthier lives.

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A Lost Generation

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Part of Wed Sep 14 09:00:00 EDT 2016 Winner: Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe, Washington / Tribal

Addressing Violence

One of the most sobering inequities in Louisville, Ky., may be that its most dangerous neighborhoods have violent crime rates 35 times higher than the safest ones.

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Part of Wed Sep 14 09:00:00 EDT 2016 Winner: Louisville, Kentucky / Urban

Affordable Housing

Nonprofit 24:1 Community Land Trust uses a variety of subsidies to make home ownership affordable for people who would otherwise be locked out of the market.

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Part of Wed Sep 14 09:00:00 EDT 2016 Winner: 24:1 Community, Missouri / Suburban

Affordable Housing

Santa Monica requires developers to set aside a percentage of newly constructed units for affordable housing, using a sliding scale that depends on the overall number of units.

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Part of Wed Sep 14 09:00:00 EDT 2016 Winner: Santa Monica, California / Urban

Artists as Change Agents

Artists can impact health in surprising ways.

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Part of Wed Sep 14 09:00:00 EDT 2016 Winner: Louisville, Kentucky / Urban

Bracing for ‘The Big One’

The Shoalwater Bay tribal elder participates in Federal Emergency Management Agency-sponsored drills on how to manage a tsunami emergency and prepares tribe members for how to react.

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Part of Wed Sep 14 09:00:00 EDT 2016 Winner: Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe, Washington / Tribal

College Advancement

55,000 Degrees is one of four organizations with lead roles in a continuum of programs that begin with preschool and bolster education and training for Louisville residents beyond their high school and post-secondary graduations.

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Part of Wed Sep 14 09:00:00 EDT 2016 Winner: Louisville, Kentucky / Urban

Community Voice

Many organizations would not have the resources to research funding opportunities or to apply for grants on their own. But collectively, the Columbia Gorge Region found success, securing close to $3 million in public and private grants since 2014.

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Part of Wed Sep 14 09:00:00 EDT 2016 Winner: Columbia Gorge Region, Oregon and Washington / Rural

Compassionate Cities

The concept of compassion became an intrinsic element of the city’s policy agenda when Mayor Greg Fischer made it one of his three top priorities—alongside job creation and health promotion—when he took office in 2011.

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Part of Wed Sep 14 09:00:00 EDT 2016 Winner: Louisville, Kentucky / Urban

Continuum of Care

Founded in 1960, Camillus House provides whatever services are needed to help Miami-Dade’s more than 4,000 homeless residents move into permanent homes.

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Part of Wed Sep 14 09:00:00 EDT 2016 Winner: Miami-Dade County, Florida / Urban

Cradle to College

Residents, businesses, and leaders in health care, education and human services banded together to provide a “cradle-to-college” support system for children in Liberty City, with services ranging from neonatal nutrition to college prep classes.

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Part of Wed Sep 14 09:00:00 EDT 2016 Winner: Miami-Dade County, Florida / Urban

Cultural Impact

In a shed on the reservation, Davis teaches young members how to shape logs and planks into images and characters from the legends he heard as a child. Other members teach basket-making or show children how to identify edible plants in the wild.

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Part of Wed Sep 14 09:00:00 EDT 2016 Winner: Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe, Washington / Tribal

Data-Driven

When Manchester, N.H., rolled out its Neighborhood Health Improvement Strategy, volunteers of Granite United Way seized an opportunity to shake up their organization’s investment in the city and boost its impact on health and well-being.

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Part of Wed Sep 14 09:00:00 EDT 2016 Winner: Manchester, New Hampshire / Urban

Early Childhood

Programs Achieving Quality, or PAQ, run by the St. Louis nonprofit United 4 Children in the 24:1 footprint, gives childcare providers, whether center- or home-based, the resources to create the best learning environment possible for young children.

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Part of Wed Sep 14 09:00:00 EDT 2016 Winner: 24:1 Community, Missouri / Suburban

Economic Growth

Moviegoers buy tickets at the 24:1 Cinema on Page Ave. in Pagedale, which was constructed with the assistance of Beyond Housing to revitalize commerce downtown

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Part of Wed Sep 14 09:00:00 EDT 2016 Winner: 24:1 Community, Missouri / Suburban

Engaging Leaders

A dozen North St. Louis County mayors and city representatives discuss matters at their monthly gathering: their struggling school district, whether they should jointly bid on computer networking and security services, the cost of road salt.

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Part of Wed Sep 14 09:00:00 EDT 2016 Winner: 24:1 Community, Missouri / Suburban

Fitness Everywhere

At the city’s community schools, the Granite YMCA offers free health and fitness programs in neighborhoods where people have little access to gyms or exercise facilities.

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Part of Wed Sep 14 09:00:00 EDT 2016 Winner: Manchester, New Hampshire / Urban

Focus on Seniors

Miami-Dade County offers free activities and services to promote good health among its oldest residents.

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Part of Wed Sep 14 09:00:00 EDT 2016 Winner: Miami-Dade County, Florida / Urban

Food Security

"Veggie Rx" participants receive a monthly packet of vouchers worth $30 and can use them at 10 farmers’ markets or 29 grocery stores, but only to buy whole fruits and vegetables.

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Part of Wed Sep 14 09:00:00 EDT 2016 Winner: Columbia Gorge Region, Oregon and Washington / Rural

Fostering Leadership

The more Latinos become involved in leadership positions around the region, the more effective the community will be at addressing their challenges.

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Part of Wed Sep 14 09:00:00 EDT 2016 Winner: Columbia Gorge Region, Oregon and Washington / Rural

Health Advisory Council

Community representatives worked in tandem with a panel of health care professionals to arrive at the top 10 priorities for improving the region’s collective well-being.

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Part of Wed Sep 14 09:00:00 EDT 2016 Winner: Columbia Gorge Region, Oregon and Washington / Rural

Health Workers

Community health workers help people connect to services in all aspects of their lives, not just housing.

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Part of Wed Sep 14 09:00:00 EDT 2016 Winner: Columbia Gorge Region, Oregon and Washington / Rural

Healthier Homes

NeighborWorks® Southern New Hampshire has helped thousands of people break the cycle of poverty and improve their financial stability through either home ownership or providing quality affordable rental housing.

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Part of Wed Sep 14 09:00:00 EDT 2016 Winner: Manchester, New Hampshire / Urban

Healthy Kids

The Miami-Dade Parks Department teamed up with the University of Miami Health System to create Fit2Play, which is a health, wellness and obesity prevention after-school program.

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Part of Wed Sep 14 09:00:00 EDT 2016 Winner: Miami-Dade County, Florida / Urban

Lifting Youth

As part of the Cradle to Career initiative, Santa Monica High School soon will have a new Thrive Center, offering mental health screening, coordinated care for the most at-risk students and a range of well-being interventions.

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Part of Wed Sep 14 09:00:00 EDT 2016 Winner: Santa Monica, California / Urban

Opioid Epidemic

Each Manchester NH Fire Station is a designated safe environment for individuals who need help getting started with substance recovery.

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Part of Wed Sep 14 09:00:00 EDT 2016 Winner: Manchester, New Hampshire / Urban

Righting Schools

In 2014, the state created a new governing body for the district, the Normandy Schools Collaborative, with a mandate to meet accreditation standards by 2017.

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Part of Wed Sep 14 09:00:00 EDT 2016 Winner: 24:1 Community, Missouri / Suburban

Safe Parks

Virginia Avenue Park now boasts a new Pico Branch Library, a teen center, a fitness center with a boxing ring and dance studio for Zumba classes, and meeting spaces for after-school enrichment classes or birthday parties.

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Part of Wed Sep 14 09:00:00 EDT 2016 Winner: Santa Monica, California / Urban

Safe Parks

Miami-Dade is carving out more space for playgrounds, walking and cycling throughout the city.

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Part of Wed Sep 14 09:00:00 EDT 2016 Winner: Miami-Dade County, Florida / Urban

Schools as Hubs

Manchester set up two community schools which bring in health care, social services, family support and community-building activities to support the surrounding neighborhoods.

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Part of Wed Sep 14 09:00:00 EDT 2016 Winner: Manchester, New Hampshire / Urban

Tackling Homelessness

Every day from 3 a.m. to 1 p.m., pairs of specially trained officers reach out to homeless individuals on the streets of Santa Monica, Calif.

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Part of Wed Sep 14 09:00:00 EDT 2016 Winner: Santa Monica, California / Urban

Transportation

The opening of the seven-stop Expo rail line in May 2016, which connects downtown Los Angeles with seaside Santa Monica, prompted planners to take a closer look at travel patterns in the city.

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Part of Wed Sep 14 09:00:00 EDT 2016 Winner: Santa Monica, California / Urban

Welcoming Neighbors

Whatever it does, the Shoalwater tribe puts out the welcome mat for neighbors from surrounding communities.

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Part of Wed Sep 14 09:00:00 EDT 2016 Winner: Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe, Washington / Tribal

Wellness Agenda

The Pulling Together for Wellness group meets to discuss ideas for improving the tribe’s health and well-being.

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Youth Leaders

Young people at YouthBuild Louisville do their daily chores, picking weeds in the garden and courtyard of their LEED-certified green campus—just one beat in the rhythm of this 16-year-old vocational training, education and community service program.

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Part of Wed Sep 14 09:00:00 EDT 2016 Winner: Louisville, Kentucky / Urban

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