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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Selects 2019 RWJF Culture of Health Prize Finalists

Publication date
March 6, 2019

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) today announced the 12 communities chosen as finalists for the RWJF Culture of Health Prize. The Prize recognizes communities that are bringing partners together around a shared commitment to health, opportunity, and equity.

Selected from nearly 200 applicant communities, the following 12 finalist communities are one step closer to the national Prize:

Broward County, Florida
Carrollton, Georgia
Del Norte County & Tribal Lands, California
Fishers, Indiana
Gonzales, California
Greenville County, South Carolina
Jersey City, New Jersey
Lake County, Colorado
Lake Village, Arkansas
Perth Amboy, New Jersey
Sitka, Alaska
Vista, California                                  

“These communities have set themselves apart by recognizing that health is about opportunity. It is connected to every element of our lives – good schools, safe and affordable housing, high-quality jobs that pay a fair wage and so much more,” said Richard Besser, MD, RWJF president and CEO. “In the coming months, we look forward to visiting each community to learn more about how it is working with local leaders and residents to shape solutions in all these areas that impact health.”    

The RWJF Culture of Health Prize is a national, annual competition that awards $25,000 to Prize winning communities that are working together to transform neighborhoods, schools, businesses and more so that better health flourishes everywhere, for everyone.

Communities selected as Prize winners will share their stories and lessons learned with the country and join a national network of past Prize-winning communities. The 2019 winners will be announced this fall. Learn more about the previous 39 Prize winners at

To earn Prize finalist status, communities had to demonstrate how their efforts reflect the six Prize criteria:

  • Defining health in the broadest possible terms.
  • Committing to sustainable systems changes and policy-oriented long-term solutions.
  • Creating conditions that give everyone a fair and just opportunity to reach their best possible health.
  • Harnessing the collective power of leaders, partners, and community members.
  • Securing and making the most of available resources.
  • Measuring and sharing progress and results.

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