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Announcing the 2015 RWJF Culture of Health Winners



The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has announced the eight communities that were selected from more than 340 applicants to receive the 2015 RWJF Culture of Health Prize. Each of the winners will receive a $25,000 cash prize and the opportunity to share their successes and lessons learned with other communities.

“This year’s RWJF Culture of Health Prize winners are inspiring examples of communities that are weaving health into everything they do,” said Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, RWJF president and CEO. “These eight communities, and our 12 previous winners, are connecting to like-minded people across the country to build a Culture of Health movement fueled by bold ideas, collaboration and solutions so that everyone will have the opportunity and means to live the healthiest life they can.”

The following communities were selected:

  • Bridgeport, Connecticut—Bridgeport has invested in going green, and now boasts community areas, eco-friendly businesses, more green spaces, and new schools.
  • Bronx, New York—The Bronx River Greenway now follows the Bronx River with parks and trails. Community groups have united to create an area that provides recreational and educational opportunities for their community.
  • Everett, Massachusetts—Residents of Everett have banded together to form One Everett, and have successfully worked on economic issues in their area, as well as improved community relations and force diversity within the local police department.
  • Kansas City, Missouri—More than 150 community organizations have partnered with the Chamber of Commerce to work with communities, improve health, and improve minimum wages.
  • Lawrence, Massachusetts—Lawrence has transformed their schools into more than just a classroom by creating community hubs to help parents with employment guidance.
  • Waaswaaganing Anishinaabeg (Lac du Flambeau) Tribe, Wisconsin—The Waaswaaganing Anishinaabeg Tribe has created a youth program to help those at risk, and are doing youth programs in the Ojibwe language.
  • Menominee Nation, Wisconsin—The Menominee Nation is reclaiming their culture, and using that to improve health, education and healing from historical loss.
  • Spartanburg County, South Carolina—Spartanburg is lessening hospital costs by connecting lower-income residents to medical homes.

Congratulations to all of the 2015 RWJF Culture of Health winners!