From 2013-2021 the RWJF Culture of Health Prize program was a close collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. The Prize was designed to honor and elevate U.S. communities working at the forefront of advancing health, opportunity, and equity for all.
During the Prize’s initial years, this recognition award for community accomplishments served as a third pillar of the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program, providing concrete examples of communities in action through a broad definition of health.
Through collaboration and partnership, Prize grew to be known as a coveted award for communities, and UWPHI became known for leading a gold standard selection process that included:
- Assessing communities through well-honed criteria and multi-day site visits.
- Building networks with Prize-winning community leaders — more than 600 – from across the U.S by providing in-person and virtual spaces to celebrate, learn, and build relationships. .
- Developing community stories and translating to external audiences, in partnership with communications and media firms.
- Synthesizing, researching, and reporting themes and lessons learned with an emphasis on advancing equity.
- Engaging hundreds of national experts to inform and participate in the Prize selection process including a National Advisory Group.
- Developing partnerships to position Prize leaders strategically as experts in community improvement, health, and equity.