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2017 RWJF Culture of Health Prize Winners: Building Healthier Communities that Thrive

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Today, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation honors eight incredible communities from across the United States who embody what it means to build a Culture of Health. Selected from more than 200 applicants, this year’s RWJF Culture of Health Prize winners are: Algoma, Wisconsin; Allen County, Kansas; Chelsea, Massachusetts; Garrett County, Maryland; Richmond, Virginia; San Pablo, California; Seneca Nation of Indians in western New York; and Vicksburg, Mississippi

Celebrating its fifth anniversary, the RWJF Culture of Health Prize recognizes communities who are collaborating, exploring, learning, and innovating to improve the health and well-being of their entire community. With the understanding that health is about more than medical care - these communities are unwavering in their efforts to ensure all residents have the opportunity to live healthier lives. Working together to increase access to safe and affordable housing, healthy foods, quality education, and career opportunities, they are building places where people can thrive.

Each 2017 Prize community demonstrates the type of progress possible when health is at the heart of all decision-making. While each community has distinct approaches to change and progress, all are committed to:

Building Partnerships:


Creating Opportunities:


Engaging Youth:


Fostering Inclusion:


These eight new Prize communities join a dynamic network of 27 other Prize alumni communities across the country who are bringing partners together to create solutions that put good health within everyone’s reach.

Visit to see featured profiles, more videos, and photos from this year’s winners and information on past winners. If your community is interested in applying for the 2018 Prize, watch this informational webinar and check out the Call for Applications here.