Culture of Health Sentinel Community Insights

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Sentinel Communities Surveillance project, which began in 2016, monitors activities related to how a Culture of Health is developing in each of 30 diverse communities around the country. In the Snapshot and Community Portrait reports for each community, developed between 2017 and 2018, we described Sentinel Community efforts to promote the health and well-being of their residents.

In 2019, as a result of our learning on key Culture of Health dimensions, we have developed a set of three reports that provide insights on themes that have emerged from looking across all 30 Sentinel Communities, and focus on key topics that may be of value to stakeholders working to build a Culture of Health in their own communities.

The Health Equity report is the first of these reports. It provides insight into how 11 communities conceptualize health equity and how those perspectives influence strategies and approaches to promote health equity.

The Anchor Institutions report provides insight into how anchor institutions in 8 communities are having an impact on community narrative, investment, and measurement around health and well-being, as well as developing innovative solutions to address health equity.

The Rural and Small Communities report focuses on the unique experiences of these communities in addressing health and well-being issues, and communicating a narrative about health.