Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Selects 2020 RWJF Culture of Health Prize Finalists

    • March 4, 2020

Princeton, N.J.—The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) today announced the eight communities chosen as finalists for the 2020 RWJF Culture of Health Prize. The Prize honors communities working at the forefront of advancing health, opportunity, and equity for all.

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

Addison, Ill.                                                Alamosa County, Colo.

Chickaloon Native Village (Alaska)             Douglas County, Kan.

Drew, Miss.                                                National City, Calif.

Tulsa County, Okla.                                    Worcester, Mass.

“Since 2013, Prize communities have shown the nation what is possible when leaders and residents join forces to remove barriers to health—from creating new jobs and improving high school graduation rates to expanding affordable housing,” said Richard Besser, MD, RWJF president and CEO. “We look forward to visiting each finalist community in the coming months to learn more about how they are expanding opportunities for people to thrive.”

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.

This spring, each finalist community will host a site visit for representatives from the Prize program and the 2020 Prize winners will be announced this fall. The winners will receive a $25,000 prize and opportunities to share their story and lessons learned with the country. Learn more about the previous 44 Prize winners at

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 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

For more than 45 years the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to improve health and health care. We are working alongside others to build a national Culture of Health that provides everyone in America a fair and just opportunity for health and well-being. For more information, visit Follow the Foundation on Twitter at or on Facebook at


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

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RWJF Culture of Health Prize

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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