The RWJF Culture of Health Prize honors and elevates U.S. communities that are making great strides in their journey toward better 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 - change that will enable all in our diverse society to lead healthy lives now and for generations to come. The prize is awarded annually by RWJF to honor communities that are working to build a Culture of Health and to elevate the powerful stories of local leaders and community members that are coming together to implement solutions that give everyone the opportunity for a healthy life. America has long spent more than any other nation on building a health care system primarily focused on treating people once they are sick. The prize honors those communities that are committed to not only providing access to good quality care, but also to addressing the barriers to better health by transforming our neighborhoods, schools, and businesses so that good health flourishes.
In this third round of the competition, up to 10 winning communities will each receive a $25,000 cash prize and have their success stories celebrated and shared broadly to inspire locally-driven change across the nation. Throughout the country, people are coming together with a shared vision and commitment to making needed and lasting changes to improve health in their communities. This is happening in urban settings and small rural ones; it is happening in places with tremendous resources and in places with few resources to draw from; it is happening in places with relatively good health and in places with poor health. The invitation to apply for this prize is being extended to all U.S. communities working toward better health.

Click here for frequently asked questions, and here to go to the RWJ Culture of Health Prize website. Please note that September 17, 2014 is the deadline for Phase 1 Applications for all applicant communities.