Princeton, N.J.—The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) today announced the 15 communities that have been chosen as finalists for the third annual RWJF Culture of Health Prize, which honors inspiring communities that place a high priority on health and bring diverse partners together to achieve local change.
Selected from more than 340 applicants, the following 15 finalist communities are one step closer to the coveted national Prize:
- Bridgeport, Connecticut
- Bronx, New York
- El Paso County, Texas
- Everett, Massachusetts
- Itta Bena, Mississippi
- Kansas City, Missouri
- Lac du Flambeau Tribe, Wisconsin
- Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
- Lawrence, Massachusetts
- Marin City, California
- Menominee Nation, Wisconsin
- Quad Cities Region, Illinois & Iowa
- Santa Clara County, California
- Sonoma County, California
- Spartanburg County, South Carolina
The RWJF Culture of Health Prize finalists are transforming their communities to make them healthier places to raise a family, provide jobs, and educate their children,” said Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, RWJF president and CEO. “These inspiring finalists are one step closer to being named 2015 Prize winners this fall.”
The RWJF Culture of Health Prize is an annual competition that awards $25,000 to up to 10 communities that are making great strides in their journey to better health. The Prize is guided by the principle that every community has the potential to improve and be a healthier place to live. Prize winning communities are forging partnerships 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.
To earn Prize finalist status, communities excelled in six criteria:
- Defining health in the broadest possible terms.
- Committing to sustainable systems changes and policy-oriented, long-term solutions.
- Cultivating a shared and deeply-held belief in the importance of equal opportunity for health.
- Harnessing the collective power of leaders, partners, and community members.
- Securing and making the most of available resources.
- Measuring and sharing progress and results.
The RWJF Culture of Health Prize is one pillar of the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program, a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. The Rankings show communities where they can improve; the Roadmaps show communities how to take action to expand opportunities for healthier choices, and the Prize honors communities that represent solutions-driven leadership at its finest. Together, these pillars serve as a platform for the Foundation’s vision to build a Culture of Health, now and for generations to come. Find out more at www.rwjf.org and www.countyhealthrankings.org
The 2015 RWJF Culture of Health Prize winners will be announced this fall.