The county of Greenville has received the 2019 Culture of Health Prize, which honors communities across the United States that are catalyzing and sustaining positive change in the overall health of its citizens.
Out of about 200 applicant communities, Greenville was selected as one of five communities to receive the award, which includes $25,000 to go toward advancing its health-oriented goals as well as national promotion by the foundation.
“Greenville County is engaging around public transportation, affordable housing and education to improve the community’s health and well-being,” the award citation noted.
Awarded each year by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in partnerships with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, the prize is judged with six major factors in mind:
- Defining health in the broadest possible terms.
- Committing to sustainable systems changes and policy-oriented long-term solutions.
- Creating conditions that give everyone a fair and just opportunity to reach their best possible 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.
Greenville County received the prize along with Broward County, Florida; Gonzales, California; Lake County, Colorado; and Sitka, Alaska.
“These communities have set themselves apart by recognizing that health is about opportunity,” said Robert Wood Johnson Foundation CEO and president Richard Besser, M.D. “It is connected to every element of our lives – good schools, safe and affordable housing, high-quality jobs that pay a fair wage and so much more.”