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Spokane County Receives RWJ Foundation Prize

June 25, 2014 County Commissioners Office
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Spokane County is one of six communities across the county that will receive a $25,000 prize in recognition of their efforts and accomplishments to improve health. The communities that won the Robert Wood Johnson’s Foundation (RWJF) Culture of Health Prize were announced today at the Aspen (Colorado) Ideas Festival Spotlight: Health.

Selected from more than 250 applicants, the RWJF Culture of Health Prize winners have made significant accomplishments in building a national Culture of Health. The six communities are Spokane County, Washington; Brownsville, Texas; Buncombe County, North Carolina; Durham County, North Carolina; Taos Pueblo, New Mexico; and Williamson, West Virginia.

The RWJF Culture of Health Prize was launched to further the work of the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps (CHR&R) program, collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps help communities understand the many factors that influence health and identify strategies community leaders can take to improve health. Find out more at www.countyhealthrankings.org.  

Commissioner Shelly O’Quinn is in Aspen for the award ceremonies. “Spokane County’s focus on educational success and other areas is improving the health of our children. Healthy children become healthier students and adults, and everything we are doing now gives them the foundation they need to succeed after they graduate,” O’Quinn said.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation produced a community profile and video of each of the winners. To see the profile and video, go to http://www.rwjf.org/en/about-rwjf/newsroom/features-and-articles/culture-of-health-prize/spokane-county-wa-2014.html.

Background: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
For more than 40 years the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to improve the health and health care of all Americans. We are striving to build a national Culture of Health that will enable all Americans to live longer, healthier lives now and for generations to come. For more information, visit www.rwjf.org. Follow the Foundation on Twitter at www.rwjf.org/twitter or on Facebook at www.rwjf.org/facebook.

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