Today the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation awarded its 2014 Culture of Health Prize to six communities. These communities — Brownsville, Texas; Buncombe County, North Carolina; Durham County, North Carolina; Spokane County, Washington; Taos Pueblo, New Mexico; and Williamson, West Virginia — were selected for the work they have done to place a high priority on health and bring partners together to drive local change.
So consider this post a teaser: In the months ahead, Health Affairs Blog is planning to feature guest posts from many leaders in these communities who were instrumental in building those partnerships. They’ll share lessons learned and look forward to the challenges ahead.
“These communities are inspiring examples of what is possible when all sectors work together so that every resident has the opportunity to live a long and healthy life,” said Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, RWJF president and CEO.
The winning communities, chosen from more than 250 across the nation, will receive a no-strings attached $25,000 cash prize in recognition of their accomplishments.