Salinas is a Finalist for RWJF Culture of Health Prize

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News Date: 
February 24, 2021

The City of Salinas was chosen as a finalist for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RJWF) Culture of Health Prize. As a 2021 finalist, Salinas is one step closer to the national Prize, which honors communities working at the forefront of advancing health, opportunity, and equity for all.

The City joins eight other finalist communities from across the country, and the winners will be announced this fall.

“We are pleased to advance as a RWJF Culture of Health Prize finalist community. To the City of Salinas community, this is a recognition of the community’s efforts serving as leaders and advocates in planning for a more vibrant, healthy, and safe community,” said Megan Hunter, Director of Community Development. “We credit our advancement as Prize finalist to City staff who guided the Visión Salinas and planning processes, Institute for Local Government and Big Sur Land Trust who have partnered with us on this opportunity, and most importantly the Salinas community who shared their vision for Salinas by participating in the Visión Salinas planning initiatives."

To get to this stage in the process, communities had to showcase the breadth of work and collaboration happening across sectors to expand health opportunities for residents. To become a finalist, the City of Salinas had to demonstrate how its 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.
  • Maximizing the collective power of leaders, partners, and community members.
  • Securing and making the most of available resources.
  • Measuring and sharing progress and results.

If selected as a Prize winner, Salinas will be given a $25,000 prize and a national platform to share their story and lessons learned with the country. The community will join with and learn from other national and community change leaders, including past Prize-winning communities.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Selects 2021 RWJF Culture of Health Prize Finalists

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize