What does it mean to be a Culture of Health Prize Community? 

To become an RWJF Culture of Health Prize winner, Louisville had to demonstrate how it excelled in the following six criteria:

      Defining health in the broadest possible terms.

      Committing to sustainable systems changes and policy-oriented long-term solutions.

      Cultivating a shared and deeply-held belief in the importance of equal opportunity for 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.

“THE RWJF CULTURE OF HEALTH PRIZE COMMUNITIES SHOW US THAT IN TOWNS AND REGIONS ACROSS THE NATION, INDIVIDUALS ARE COMING TOGETHER TO FIND POWERFUL WAYS TO HELP PEOPLE ACHIEVE THE BEST HEALTH POSSIBLE. THESE COMMUNITIES ARE CONNECTING THE DOTS BETWEEN HEALTH AND EDUCATION, JOBS, HOUSING AND COMMUNITY SAFETY,” SAID RISA LAVIZZO-MOUREY, RWJF PRESIDENT AND CEO. “WE’RE PRIVILEGED TO LEARN FROM THIS GROWING NETWORK OF COMMUNITIES THAT OFFER HOPE FOR THE WELL-BEING OF THE ENTIRE NATION.”

Throughout a year-long process, the Louisville Culture of Health application team led by Community Foundation of Louisville, IDEAS xLab, Greater Louisville Project and KentuckyOne Health introduced the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute to neighborhoods and initiatives that led to our city being recognized for our city's commitment to health equity, data-driven decision making, collective impact, violence prevention efforts, and for its innovation in engaging artists to improve health.

To view a full list of Culture of Health Prize winners click here

The Culture of Health Prize is an opportunity to come together as a city - it's a launch pad for making sure that whether you live in Shawnee, Smoketown, PRP or the Highlands, a culture of health is accessible for all of us.

Even with representation from a broad array of partners, only a sample of the work being done in Louisville was highlighted in the space-limited RWJF application.  The application process itself facilitated frank conversations about race and violence demonstrating that, while Louisville has ground to cover, we’re making strides to tackle the systemic issues that are barriers to health equity.

 In a city where nonprofits, CEOs, healthcare systems, artists and community members can band together to create change, the Culture of Health prize has the potential to further collective efforts in Louisville.

Our Assets

CLICK HERE to view a list of Louisville organizations and initiatives doing work across the County Health Rankings Factors including health behaviors, clinical care, socio-economic, physical environment and more! CLICK HERE if you would like to submit an individual, organization, or program to be added to the list.  Thanks to Greater Louisville Project for compiling this list and facilitating it's expansion! 

 Photo of Louisville delegates with Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, RWJF President and CEO at the Culture of Health Prize Celebration in Princeton, NJ. Photo courtesy RWFJ. Delegates Left to Right: Patricia Blackshear - Louisville Youth Voices against Violence Fellow, Theo Edmonds - Artist and Co-Founder of IDEAS xLab, Hannah Drake - spoken word artist, IDEAS xLab and Roots & Wings, Tony Peyton - Program Officer for CE&S Foundation, Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, Alice Bridges - VP Health Communities at KentuckyOne Health, Brandy Kelly Pyor - Director of Louisville's Center for Health Equity, Josh Miller - Artist and Co-Founder of IDEAS xLab, Shelton McElroy - Community Builder at Metro United Way.

Photo of Louisville delegates with Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, RWJF President and CEO at the Culture of Health Prize Celebration in Princeton, NJ. Photo courtesy RWFJ.
Delegates Left to Right: Patricia Blackshear - Louisville Youth Voices against Violence Fellow, Theo Edmonds - Artist and Co-Founder of IDEAS xLab, Hannah Drake - spoken word artist, IDEAS xLab and Roots & Wings, Tony Peyton - Program Officer for CE&S Foundation, Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, Alice Bridges - VP Health Communities at KentuckyOne Health, Brandy Kelly Pyor - Director of Louisville's Center for Health Equity, Josh Miller - Artist and Co-Founder of IDEAS xLab, Shelton McElroy - Community Builder at Metro United Way.

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