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Nashville Selected as Finalist for RWJF Culture of Health Prize

March 6, 2018

Community Health Efforts Recognized as Nashville Advances in RWJF Prize Selection Process

Nashville was chosen as a finalist for the RWJF Culture of Health Prize given by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. As a finalist, Nashville is one step closer to the national Prize which honors communities that understand health is a shared value and everyone has a role to play in making sure good health flourishes for all.

Nashville joins nine other finalist communities selected among nearly 200 applicants from across the country. Winners will be announced this fall.

"We are pleased to advance as a RWJF Culture of Health Prize finalist community said Bill Paul, M.D., Director of Health of Nashville/Davidson County. "Being named a finalist is recognition of the importance of our collaborative efforts as a community to create healthy conditions for everyone in Nashville."

The Prize is guided by the principle that every community has the potential to leverage its unique strengths and be a healthier place for residents to live and thrive. To earn finalist status, Nashville had to demonstrate how their efforts reflect the six Prize criteria:

  • 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.

"Selected from nearly 200 applicants, these RWJF Culture of Health Prize finalists recognize what it takes to build a healthy community. They have set themselves apart with innovation grounded in evidence; partnerships across non-profit, education, business, and local government sectors, among others; and an unrelenting commitment to all residents having an opportunity to lead their healthiest lives" said Richard Besser, MD, RWJF president and CEO. "We now look forward to visiting these finalist communities to learn more about their work and to help spread their ideas and solutions throughout America."

If selected as a Prize winner, Nashville will be given a $25,000 cash prize and a national platform to share their story and lessons learned with the country. The community will also be part of a national network of past Prize winners.

To learn about the work of the 35 previous Prize winners, visit

The RWJF Culture of Health Prize is a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.