LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Louisville's effort to ensure everyone in the city has an equal opportunity to live longer, healthier lives has gained national attention.
The city has been awarded the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize. Louisville is one of seven winners this year. The Prize honors communities for their efforts to ensure all residents have the opportunity to live longer, healthier and more productive lives.
Louisville will join a network of Prize-winning communities, receive a $25,000 cash prize, and have its inspiring accomplishments shared nationally by RWJ, the largest philanthropy in the U.S. focused solely on health.
Nearly 200 communities nationwide were in the running and Louisville was chosen because of its commitment to health equity, data-driven decision making, collective impact, violence prevention efforts and 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."
"The RWJF Culture of Health Prize communities show us that in towns and regions across the nation, individuals are coming together to find powerful ways to help people achieve the best health possible. These communities are connecting the dots between health and education, jobs, housing and community safety," said Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, RWJF president and CEO. "We're privileged to learn from this growing network of communities that offer hope for the well-being of the entire nation."
The other six winning communities are: the St. Louis area of Missouri, Columbia Gorge Region of Oregon and Washington, Manchester, New Hampshire, Miami-Dade County, Florida, Santa Monica, California, and the Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe
To become a winner, Louisville had to demonstrate how it excelled in the following six criteria:
- Defining health in the broadest possible terms.
- Committing to sustainable systems changes and policy-oriented long-term solutions.
- Cultivating a shared and deeply-held belief in the importance of equal opportunity for health.
- Harnessing the collective power of leaders, partners, and community members.
- Securing and making the most of available resources.
- Measuring and sharing progress and results.