The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize elevates the compelling stories of community members throughout the country who are working together in new ways so that everyone can live their healthiest life possible, regardless of who they are or how much money they make. A Culture of Health recognizes that where we live — such as our access to affordable homes, quality schools, and reliable transportation — affects how long and how well we live. The Prize elevates the compelling stories of community members who are working together to transform neighborhoods, schools, businesses, and more, so that the opportunity for better health flourishes for all.
There are characteristics shared by communities that catalyze and sustain positive change. Because the Prize recognizes whole communities, applicants must think beyond their own individual organizations and initiatives to what has been accomplished across the community. Applications will be judged based on the criteria below:
- 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.
The RWJF Culture of Health Prize honors U.S. communities. Submissions representing the work of a single organization will not be considered. With the exception of previous Prize winners and 2019 finalists, all past applicants are eligible to reapply for 2020 (2019 finalists may reapply in 2021).
A “community” must be a geographically defined jurisdiction within the United States that falls into one of the following categories:
- County, parish, borough, city, town, village, or other municipality with a publicly elected governing body
- Federally recognized tribe or a state-designated Indian reservation
- Native Hawaiian organization serving and representing the interests of Native Hawaiians in Hawaii
- Region defined as geographically contiguous municipalities, counties, and/or reservations.
Potential applicants may join an informational webinar
on September 24 at 3:00 p.m. ET, visit the online FAQs
, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
, or call (608) 263-6983.