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2020 RWJF Culture of Health Prize Deadline Draws Near

The 2020 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize Call for Applications deadline is less than two short weeks away!

An annual award, the RWJF Culture of Health Prize elevates and honors communities at the forefront of advancing health, opportunity, and equity for their residents. Prize-winning communities are pursuing innovative ideas, leveraging their unique strengths, and bringing partners together so better health flourishes for everyone. And they represent all types of communities—cities, counties, tribes, regions, and small towns; urban, rural, and suburban.

We often hear from prospective RWJF Culture of Health Prize applicants that they’re curious about how the Prize has helped past winners advance their work. A recent webinar connected prospective applicants with representatives from three past Prize-winning communities who shared their insights about:

The benefits of the Prize application process:

“For us, the application prompted so many conversations, so many meetings of different people at the table. It really helped us understand the community on a much deeper level than we had prior to [starting the application]. Ultimately, the application process allowed us to build a very clear vision about how we are going to tackle things on a community-wide level and…when you have all those people thinking about how you want to improve a community, you just build momentum about what you're trying to create.”

  • Nick Cochart, Superintendent, Algoma Schools
    Algoma, Wis. - 2017 RWJF Culture of Health Prize Winner

What winning the Prize has meant for their community’s health improvement efforts:

“Winning the RWJF Culture of Health Prize impacted our community in a major way—it’s given us a sense of pride about our community and the importance of collaborating and coming together for a unified purpose. Our community has become even more health conscious and responsible in creating a healthier environment, a healthier community.”

  • Veronica King, Executive Assistant to the Mayor, Town of Eatonville
    Eatonville, Fla. – 2018 RWJF Culture of Health Prize Winner

And, the positive effects of joining with other communities across the country in the Culture of Health movement:

“This is like the ultimate thought partner collective that just keeps on giving…people talk about the challenges they face, how they got traction, and lessons learned. It can help you get outside of your own world view when you don't realize how ensconced in it you are. The nice part about being part of this network is that every year it grows—and the more it grows, it reenergizes our community. We realize we have more folks to network with and more folks who are up against the same challenges that might have things to share with us.”

  • Leslay Choy, Executive Director, San Pablo Economic Development Corporation
    San Pablo, Calif. – 2017 RWJF Culture of Health Prize Winner

Does your community want to join this growing network of RWJF Culture of Health Prize winners? Apply by 3pm ET on November 4, 2019 for the 2020 RWJF Culture of Health Prize.

Watch the full webinar featuring insights from past Prize-winning communities Algoma, Wis.; Eatonville, Fla.; and San Pablo, Calif.:


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