FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 20, 2015
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently announced their selection of the City of Kansas City, Missouri as a finalist for the third annual Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Culture of Health Prize. As a finalist, Kansas City joins 14 other communities still under consideration for this national recognition honoring communities for their enduring commitment to build a Culture of Health for all residents.
“It’s special to be a finalist for a prestigious national award honoring the daily work done by many organizations to keep Kansas Citians healthy,” Mayor Sly James said. “This recognition acknowledges sustained and strategically focused efforts of the Health Department and several others in the entire Kansas City health provider community.”
Kansas City is one of 15 finalists selected out of more than 340 communities around the country. RWJF may select up to ten communities for the final award to be announced this fall. A video detailing Kansas City’s commitment to a culture of health can be found online.
“We are proud to have advanced as a finalist for this prestigious award,” said Dr. Rex Archer, director of the City of Kansas City, Missouri, Health Department. “This recognition tells us that our efforts and those of our partners in this community are being noticed and praised by health experts around the nation.”
To earn Prize finalist status, Kansas City had to demonstrate how its efforts to improve health outcomes for all residents meet the following standards:
• Consider all possible factors that impact health, both traditional and innovative.
• Commit to “big picture” changes such as policies that will provide long-term solutions.
• Cultivate a strong belief in the importance of equal opportunity for health.
• Recognize the value of and work with area leaders, partners, and community members.
• Make efficient use of all available resources.
• Measure and share progress and results.
“The RWJF Culture of Health Prize finalists are transforming their communities to make them healthier places to raise a family, provide jobs, and educate their children,” said Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, RWJF president and CEO. “These inspiring finalists are one step closer to being named 2015 Prize winners this fall.”
The RWJF Culture of Health Prize is one part of the County Health Rankings and Roadmaps program, a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. The Rankings show communities where they can improve; the Roadmaps show communities how to take action to expand opportunities for healthier choices, and the Prize honors communities that represent solutions-driven leadership at its finest. Together, these three tools serve as a platform for the Foundation’s vision to build a Culture of Health, now and for generations to come. Find out more at www.rwjf.org and www.countyhealthrankings.org.
Media inquiries on this topic should be directed to Jeff Hershberger, public information officer, at 816-719-3610.