The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) recently announced the four winners of the 2018 Culture of Health Prize. The winners include one county, Klamath County, Ore. The three additional Prize winners include Cicero, Ill., Eatonville, Fla. and San Antonio, Texas. Learn more about the winners and read their profiles here.
The RWJF Culture of Health Prize honors and elevates American communities that are making a commitment to health, opportunity, and equity. Chosen from a group of about 200 applicants, Klamath County and the other Prize winners, will each receive a $25,000 cash prize, join a growing network of Prize-winning communities and share their inspiring stories with other communities across the nation who are building a Culture of Health. According to RWJF president and CEO Richard Besser, MD, these places “give all residents the opportunity to live well, no matter where they live, how much money they make or the color of their skin.” Each of these communities have a distinct vision for the future and have committed to improving the health and well-being of their residents.
- Klamath County: Collaboration is in the fabric of Klamath County, the fourth largest county in the state of Oregon which spans 6,135 square miles. Partners come together to improve high school graduation rates for all students, build a strong cadre of local, skilled workers through job training, and attract new businesses. Leaders from law enforcement and mental health agencies have teamed up to provide alternatives to incarceration and build stronger police-community relations by increasing positive interactions with residents. Bilingual community health workers and a rural health care residency program are working to remove barriers to health care. Community leaders and organizations address housing challenges by incentivizing exterior home improvement through mini grants to residents in low-income neighborhoods. Local leaders also drive the development of trails and green space through geographic information system mapping. Read more about Klamath County’s work here.
Counties play a vital role in the health and well-being of their residents, and we congratulate Klamath County on its success. The RWJF Culture of Health Prize is awarded annually. RWJF is now accepting applications for the 2019 Prize and applications are due on Nov. 1. Click here to learn more about the application process and apply today!