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Meet the Culture of Health Prize Winners

Robert Wood Johnson Culture of HealthEach year, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation awards Culture of Health Prizes to eight cities creating powerful partnerships to enable everyone  especially those facing the greatest barriers to good health  with the opportunity to live well. Meet the Culture of Health winners for 2017.

Apply for the 2018 Culture of Health Prize by November 3, 2017. 

Rebuilding Healthy Places in Rural America

Head Start in Blytheville, Arkansas.Small, rural areas across the United States face problems like aging populations, youth migration, high poverty rates and poor health. Efforts like We 2Gether Creating Change in Drew, MS and Incourage in Wisconsin Rapids, WI are working towards building a healthier, more secure future for residents. View Rebuilding Healthy Communities in Rural America.

Cross-Sector Partnership Creates Path for Change

The Grace Guild of Sinai-Grace Hospital and Community Development Corporation

Detroit Medical Center’s Sinai Grace Hospital and Enterprise Community Partners developed an anchor institution strategy to benefit thousands of hospital workers and neighborhood residents. Read Cross-Sector Partnership in Winship Community to learn about the community development corporation they launched.

Partnering for a Healthier WorkFORCE

McDowell County, North CarolinaDespite factors contributing to poor health outcomes and loss of job opportunities, residents of McDowell County, NC are working together to invest in community-identified solutions to improve the health and prosperity. View Partnering for a Healthier WorkFORCE

The Anchor Mission Playbook

Anchor Mission PlaybookAnchor institutions can play a key role for low-income communities by better aligning their institutional resources—like hiring, purchasing, investment, and volunteer base—with community needs. The recommendations for hospitals and health systems in The Anchor Mission Playbook are drawn from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL. 

Rush University Medical Center making Impact Investments

Rush University Medical Center Impact InvestmentsRush University Medical Center is investing $6 million in organizations working to revitalize neighborhoods in the West Side of Chicago. Read how they are investing in housing to improve health: Rush to Make $6 Million in Impact Investments.

 

Building on Tradition, Catholic Hospitals Invest in Community to Improve Health

Baltimore Opening a children’s museum seems an unlikely endeavor for a health care system. So does establishing a trendy restaurant district. But these are just two of the innovative strategies financed in recent years by Catholic health systems seeking to spur economic development and improve well-being in the low-income communities they serve. Read the Crosswalks Magazine article.

The Root of Good Health: Fresh Food

Health Care Share Program

Hospitals and health care providers in Vermont are using the Health Care Share program to "prescribe" fresh vegetables through farm shares and to educate patients about nutrition. The University of Vermont Medical Center shares its experience in The Root of Good Health: Fresh Food.

People & Places 2017 Focuses On Healthy Places

Destiny 2Community development improves people's health. And, the healthcare industry is increasingly taking notice of community development's impact on the social determinants of health. People & Places 2017 featured focused on on the how community development and healthcare fields are partnering to improve health and opportunity.

 

Partner Finder

Healthy Places LogoFind the health and community development organizations nearest to you. Partner Finder helps you take the first steps to identify potential cross-sector partners in improving the health and well-being of your community. Access the Build Healthy Places Network's Partner Finder.

Hospitals Aligned for Healthy Communities Toolkits

Democracy Collaborative LogoThese toolkits help hospitals and health systems build community wealth through inclusive hiring, investment, and purchasing — and give community developers insights on how to develop partnerships with hospitals. Access the Hospitals Aligned for Healthy Communities Toolkits

 

Health-Mapping Every ZIP Code in Arizona

Arizona MapThe Arizona Partnership for Healthy Communities wanted to learn how things like walkability, access to primary care physicians, housing costs, and poverty rates looked across the state.  So, they mapped 15 health indicators by zip code to identify health disparities and opportunities for positive impact.

November 1, 2016

NACEDA's Healthy Places Challenge: Logic Model and Theory of Change

NACEDA's Theory of Change and Logic Model outline how the health and community development sectors can collaborate to maximize resources and build healthier places with community credibility.

 

Playing Matchmaker for UnitedHealthcare & an Arizona Neighborhood

Ribbon CuttingPedro Cons of Chicanos Por La Causa "shot for the moon" and launched a stellar partnership with UnitedHealthcare that's improving homes, health, and opportunity in Phoenix's Maryvale neighborhood.

September 30, 2016

Health Equity and the Role for Community Development

Build Healthy PlacesCommunity development plays an integral role in America’s efforts to improve health equity, asserts the directors of the Build Healthy Places Network.

August 16, 2016

From Guard Towers To Gardens

Eggplant Craft Stamford, CTVincent Tufo of Charter Oaks Communities and Pam Koprowski of Stamford Hospital forged a partnership in Stamford, Connecticut – the Vita Health & Wellness District. As the Affordable Care Act requires nonprofit hospitals to play a role in preventing disease, Vita stands out as a national model. 

July 8, 2016

From Guard Towers to Gardens

Eggplant Craft Stamford, CTVincent Tufo of Charter Oaks Communities and Pam Koprowski of Stamford Hospital forged a partnership in Stamford, Connecticut – the Vita Health & Wellness District. As the Affordable Care Act requires nonprofit hospitals to play a role in preventing disease, Vita stands out as a national model. 

July 8, 2016