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RWJF Culture of Health Prize

The RWJF Culture of Health Prize honors and elevates U.S. communities that are making great strides in their journey toward better health.

About the Prize


The RWJF Culture of Health Prize honors and elevates U.S. communities that are making great strides in their journey towards better health.

The RWJF Culture of Health Prize recognizes and celebrates communities that have placed a priority on health and are creating powerful partnerships and deep commitments to make change – change that will enable all in our diverse society to lead healthier lives now and for generations to come. The Prize is awarded annually by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to honor communities that are working to build a Culture of Health and to elevate the compelling stories of local leaders and community members who are coming together to implement solutions that give everyone the opportunity for a healthier life. A Culture of Health recognizes that health and wellbeing are greatly influenced by where we live, how we work, the safety of our surroundings, and the strength and connectivity of our families and communities – and not just by what happens in the doctor’s office. The Prize honors those communities that are committed to not only providing access to good quality care, but also to providing opportunities for better health by transforming our neighborhoods, schools, and businesses so that good health flourishes everywhere.

In this fourth round of the competition, up to 10 winning communities will each receive a $25,000 cash prize and have their success stories celebrated and shared broadly to inspire locally-driven change across the nation. Throughout the country, people are coming together with a shared vision and commitment to making needed and lasting changes to improve health in their communities. This is happening in cities and small rural towns, tribal reservations, places with tremendous resources and those with few resources to draw from, places with relatively good health outcomes and those with poor health statistics. The invitation to apply for the Prize is extended to all U.S. communities working toward better health.

The Prize application process is designed to add value to all communities that apply, regardless of the outcome. It challenges leaders and community members to pause, reflect on their collective accomplishments, and take a comprehensive look at their goals and plans for the future.

Based on their demonstrated capacity for and dedication to creating lasting change, representatives from winning communities will be expected to serve as ambassadors for building a Culture of Health across America – sharing their successes and challenges, learning from others, and networking locally, regionally, and nationally.

View the 2016 Call for Applications (PDF), la solicitud para aplicaciones en español, and the Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) for more details. 


For more information on the RWJF Culture of Health Prize, please contact:
Carrie Carroll, Deputy Director, RWJF Culture of Health Prize