LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Nov. 4, 2016) — The City of Louisville is one of seven winners of the 2016 RWJF Culture of Health Prize that honors communities for their efforts to ensure all residents have the opportunity to live longer, healthier and more productive lives.
The national award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJ) recognizes cities for bringing partners together to rally around a shared vision of health, drawing especially on the wisdom, voice and experience of residents themselves. Chosen from nearly 200 applicant communities across the country, Louisville earned the prestigious award for its commitment to health equity, data-driven decision making, collective impact, violence prevention efforts, and for its innovation in engaging artists to improve health.
“The City of Louisville is honored to be acknowledged among the seven 2016 Culture of Health Prize communities,” said Mayor Greg Fischer. “This recognition is a testament to the great work being done across our community by civic, nonprofit and corporate partners, with the goal of eliminating health inequities and improving the overall health in our community.”
Louisville will join a network of prize-winning communities, receive a $25,000 cash prize, and have its accomplishments shared nationally by RWJ, the largest philanthropy in the U.S. focused solely on health. The other six winning communities are: 24:1 Community in the St. Louis area; Columbia Gorge Region of Oregon and Washington; Manchester, N.H.; Miami-Dade County, Florida; Santa Monica, Calif.’ and the Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe in Washington.