Applications are open for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Culture of Health Prize 2023. The
RWJF Culture of Health Prize honors the work of communities where people and organizations are
collaborating to advance health, opportunity, and equity for all.
The RWJF Culture of Health Prize celebrates communities across the country where people and
organizations are collaborating to build positive solutions to barriers that have created unequal
opportunities for health and wellbeing. The Prize serves to inspire others to take action and create a
healthier future for everyone’s children and grandchildren.
In 2023, RWJF will select up to 10 winning communities through a competitive selection process to receive
a range of resources and supports including the following:
- A $250,000 Prize.
- National and local promotion of communities’ stories that will inspire others’ efforts.
- Training to enhance outreach to media, policymakers, advocacy networks, and grassroots
- Opportunities to expand networks by connecting with other Prize communities as well as
national and local leaders working to build a Culture of Health.
Access to technical assistance, coaching, and workshops to enable Prize winners to
accelerate their progress.
The following eligibility criteria reflect that the RWJF Culture of Health Prize honors the work of
communities that bring health equity to life by addressing systemic inequities. First and foremost, the
Prize recognizes diverse, cross-sector partnerships that center people who are most impacted by local or
regional health inequities and the opportunities they see to improve health and wellbeing. Some
examples are economic opportunity, housing justice, healthcare access, criminal legal reform, or many
other topics. The Prize is awarded to either whole cities, towns, tribes, reservations, or counties.
Eligible applicants must represent one of the following:
- City, town, village, borough, or other municipality with a publicly elected governing body;
County or parish;
- Federally recognized tribe or a state-designated American Indian reservation;
- Native Hawaiian organization serving and representing the interests of Native Hawaiians or
other Pacific Islanders in Hawaii;
- Region, defined as geographically contiguous municipalities, counties, and/or reservations.
Types of organizations include, but are not limited to:
- Community coalitions
- Community development organizations
- Government agencies or departments
- Grassroots and advocacy organizations
- Hospital or healthcare organizations
- Local and regional foundations
- Nonprofit community-based organizations
- Resident groups
Applications are being accepted now through March 29, 2023. The Prize is awarded to either whole cities,
towns, tribes, reservations, or counties.