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Announcing the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 2016 Culture of Health Prize Winners


Seven communities have come together around health. Each has approached health uniquely to address the disparities in their area. The 2016 RWJF Culture of Health Prize winners are: 24:1 Community in St. Louis, Missouri; Columbia Gorge Region of Oregon and Washington; Louisville, Kentucky; Miami-Dade County, Florida; Manchester, New Hampshire; Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe in Washington; and Santa Monica, California.

“The RWJF Culture of Health Prize communities show us that in towns and regions across the nation individuals are coming together to find powerful ways to help people achieve the best health possible. These communities are connecting the dots between health and education, jobs, housing, and community safety,” said Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation president and CEO.

Learn more about these communities below, and apply for the 2017 Culture of Health Prize today. 

24:1 Community, St. Louis, Missouri: Learn about the municipalities that serve a population of 36,250 collectively, that came together to take an “all-for-one” approach for their communities, and watch their inspiring 24:1 video.

Columbia Gorge Region, Oregon and Washington: See how this community of only 75,000 is “characterized by extremes.” This area is surrounded by many popular tourist destinations, but 1 in 5 residents in the area report running out of food on a regular basis.

Louisville, Kentucky: Learn how civic leaders and health institutions have come together and turned data and statistics into tools that can help rectify health inequality, make the city’s health resources available to all, and respond to neighborhood violence.

Miami-Dade County, Florida: Miami-Dade County, hosts 13 million visitors a year, but 1 in 5 residents live below the poverty line, and two-thirds of adults are at an unhealthy weight.

Manchester, New Hampshire: Manchester is working on revitalizing health and well-being efforts that focus on building and bolstering neighborhoods. See how their efforts are improving health.

Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe, Washington: Learn how the Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe has big goals to improve the overall health and well-being of its people through promoting active living, healthy behavior, and through youth and resident programs..

Santa Monica, California: In a city surrounded by tourism, the reality for residents of Santa Monica is vastly different than the tourism strip many are familiar with. 1 in 5 households earns less than $20,000 a year. With sobering statistics like this, Santa Monica is pushing for change on multiple fronts.