Project updates, commentaries, events and news about health across the nation from the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps team.

New Stories on the 2014 RWJF Culture of Health Prize Winners

Monday, August 11, 2014

In June, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announced the 2014 winners of the RWJF Culture of Health Prize. The prize honors communities that are harnessing the collective power of leaders, partners, and stakeholders to help residents live healthier lives. The 2014 prize communities include: Buncombe County, North Carolina; Spokane County, Washington; Durham County, North Carolina; Taos Pueblo, New Mexico; Brownsville, Texas and Williamson, West Virginia.

Representing places large and small from across the nation, the RWJF Culture of Health Prize elevates communities that are making great strides in their journey toward better health.

Now available, a closer look at efforts underway in Williamson, West Virginia and Durham County, North Carolina.

  • In the heart of central Appalachia coal country, Williamson is committed to improving health and expanding economic development through supporting entrepreneurism, expanded access to healthy foods and much more. Learn more here.


  • In Durham County, community leaders, health care professionals, and stakeholders are doing things “The Durham Way” to tackle racial and socioeconomic inequalities in health outcomes, poverty, unemployment, and education attainment. Learn more here.

Learn even more from the RWJF Culture of Health Prize communities this Thursday, August 14 at 2pm ET. Representatives from several Prize communities discuss how they are building a Culture of Health,  what they have gained from the Prize experience, and applying for the Prize. Post your questions for panelists on Twitter using #CultureofHealth. Click to learn more:

If your community is working to build a Culture of Health, consider applying for the 2015 RWJF Culture of Health Prize.  Applications are due September 17, 2014.