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September 10, 2015 5:30 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

WANTED: Healthy Communities. REWARD: $25,000.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Culture of Health Prize is now accepting applications from all U.S. communities that are working toward better health. Communities have until November 12, 2015, to submit an application for a chance to win a $25,000 prize for their efforts.

Building a Culture of Health

The RWJF Culture of Health Prize recognizes and celebrates communities that have placed a priority on health and are creating powerful partnerships and deep commitments to make change. Up to 10 winning communities will receive a $25,000 cash prize and the chance to share their accomplishments with the nation. Communities — urban and rural, tribal, large, small, and in between — are invited to apply.

This is the fourth year that the RWJF has hosted the Culture of Health Prize, and previous winners have been recognized for their holistic approach to promoting better health in communities. This prize specifically looks to reward communities that develop comprehensive healthy community strategies with local partners.

Learning from Past Winners

Past winners of the Culture of Health Prize include cities, towns, and counties from throughout the nation that have taken well-rounded approaches to community health.

For example, Durham County in North Carolina was one of six winners in 2014. Durham County was recognized for its multi-disciplinary approach to advancing community health. The video below describes the many features of that multi-disciplinary approach, which includes a clinician volunteering initiative, a career training center, and early childhood reading programs, among others.

1,200 miles to the Northwest, Minneapolis was a 2013 prize-winner that was similarly recognized for its richness of health-oriented programming. The city worked with various neighborhood groups and community partners to increase physical activity, healthy eating, and smoke-free living.The video below highlights these endeavors and more.

Plan4Health coalitions are encouraged to apply for this prize. P4H coalitions operate a wealth of programs that work in concert with one another to improve public health in a more holistic fashion just as previous Culture of Health Prize recipients do. One clear example is the Healthy Savannah coalition. This coalition has brought together over 100 local organizations to work towards banning public smoking, increasing access to healthy food options, reducing obesity, and adding safety features for pedestrians crossing busy intersections.

More Information

If you’d like to learn more, register for an informational webinar that will be hosted by RWJF on September 10, 2015, from 3-4 p.m. ET.

Communities interested in learning more about the Culture of Health Prize, selection criteria, application process, and to see stories about other previous winners are encouraged to visit the Culture of Health Prize website.

The application deadline is November 12, 2015.