Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Selects 2018 RWJF Culture of Health Prize Finalists

    • March 6, 2018
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Princeton, N.J.—The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) today announced the 10 communities chosen as finalists for the RWJF Culture of Health Prize. The Prize recognizes communities that come together around a shared vision to ensure that better health flourishes for everyone.

The following 10 finalist communities are one step closer to the coveted national Prize:

Bethlehem, PA                                   Cicero, IL

Cincinnati, OH                                   Eatonville, FL

Huntington, WV                                 Klamath County, OR

Lyon County, NV                               Nashville, TN

Ruston, LA                                        San Antonio, TX                    

“Selected from nearly 200 applicants, these RWJF Culture of Health Prize finalists recognize what it takes to build a healthy community. They have set themselves apart with innovation grounded in evidence; partnerships across non-profit, education, business, and local government sectors, among others; and an unrelenting commitment to all residents having an opportunity to lead their healthiest lives” said Richard Besser, MD, RWJF president and CEO. “We now look forward to visiting these finalist communities to learn more about their work and to help spread their ideas and solutions throughout America.”                                                                                                       

The RWJF Culture of Health Prize is an annual competition that awards $25,000 to Prize winning communities that are making great strides in their journey to better health.

Communities selected as Prize winners will share their stories and lessons learned with the country and join a national network of past Prize winning communities. The 2018 winners will be announced this fall. Learn more about the previous 35 Prize winners at

To earn Prize finalist status, communities had to demonstrate how their efforts reflect the six Prize criteria:

  • Defining health in the broadest possible terms.
  • Committing to sustainable systems changes and policy-oriented long-term solutions.
  • Creating conditions that give everyone a fair and just opportunity to reach their best possible 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 a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.


About the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute

The University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute advances health and well-being for all by developing and evaluating interventions and promoting evidence-based approaches to policy and practice at the local, state, and national levels. The Institute works across the full spectrum of factors that contribute to health. A focal point for health and health care dialogue within the University of Wisconsin-Madison and beyond, and a convener of stakeholders, the Institute promotes an exchange of expertise between those in academia and those in the policy and practice arena. The Institute leads the work on the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps and the RWJF Culture of Health Prize. For more information, visit

About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

For more than 40 years the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to improve health and health care. We are working with others to build a national Culture of Health enabling everyone in America to live longer, healthier lives. For more information, visit Follow the Foundation on Twitter at or on Facebook at

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (609) 627-5937

Great Strides Toward Better Health

The RWJF Culture of Health Prize honors and elevates U.S. communities that have placed a priority on health and are creating powerful partnerships and deep commitments that enable everyone to live healthier lives.

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