Durham vies for national health prize

Nov. 27, 2013 @ 11:44 AM

Health and elected officials, as well as community leaders, are busy preparing to roll out the red carpet to showcase Durham’s ongoing work to create a culture of health for all residents.
A site visit team from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will be in Durham Dec. 9-10 to see health projects in action and speak with community members.
The two-day site visit is divided into three parts: a community tour, a leadership dinner, and a community conversation with key stakeholders.
The team is set to visit the Durham Public Schools Hub Farm; East Durham, including the East Durham Children’s Initiative and the Holton Healthy Mile Trail; Lincoln Community Health Center; Project Access of Durham County; and the Durham County Human Services Building.
Durham County is one of 12 national finalists in the second-annual Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Roadmaps to Health Prize competition. The other North Carolina finalist is Buncombe County.
“To have Durham County selected out of 256 communities throughout the country for this prize is a tremendous honor and validates and celebrates the collaborative work we are doing to improve health in Durham County,” said Public Health Director Gayle B. Harris.
To earn prize finalist status, Durham County had to illustrate how its efforts to foster healthier outcomes for its citizens reflect the six criteria to win the foundation’s health prize:
• Harnessing the collective power of leaders, partners, and community members.
• Implementing a strategic approach to improving health that focuses on the multiple factors that influence health.
• Addressing problems that disproportionately affect vulnerable populations.
• Developing sustainable, long-term solutions to shared community priorities.
• Securing and making the most of available resources.
• Measuring and sharing results.
The prize honors communities that are transforming health by bringing together a broad range of partners to improve health outcomes for residents. Winning communities each receive a $25,000 cash prize and have their success stories celebrated and shared broadly, with the goal of raising awareness and inspiring locally driven change to improve health across the country.
Up to six communities will win prizes. Winners will be announced in June.