Friday, December 15, 2017

Vicksburg Receives RWJF Culture of Health Prize

 For Efforts to Improve Health and Well-Being

 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Recognizes Vicksburg for

 Partnerships for a Shared Vision of Health

 Vicksburg, Mississippi (September 19, 2017) Vicksburg is one of eight winners of the 2017 RWJF Culture of Health Prize awarded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Prize honors communities for their unwavering efforts to ensure all residents have the opportunity to live healthier lives. 

 Vicksburg Receives RWJF Culture of Health Prize

 For Efforts to Improve Health and Well-Being

 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Recognizes Vicksburg for

 Partnerships for a Shared Vision of Health

 Vicksburg, Mississippi (September 19, 2017) Vicksburg is one of eight winners of the 2017 RWJF Culture of Health Prize awarded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Prize honors communities for their unwavering efforts to ensure all residents have the opportunity to live healthier lives.  

 Vicksburg is being nationally recognized for pursuing innovative ideas and bringing partners together to rally around a shared vision of health. Chosen from more than 200 applicant communities across the country, Vicksburg’s award winning efforts include nationally recognized strategies in education and career development as well as fitness and nutrition initiatives that bring residents together for better health.

 Shape Up Mississippi founder Linda Fondren says, “when we make a commitment to do better for ourselves and then come together to help each other in our commitments, mountains can be moved.”

 “For the past five years, RWJF Culture of Health Prize communities have inspired hope across the country. We welcome these new eight Prize communities who are forging partnerships to improve health for their residents,” said Richard Besser, MD, RWJF president and CEO. “There are now 35 prize-winning communities across the country that are thinking big building on their strengths, and engaging residents as equal partners to tackle the problems that they see.”

 Vicksburg will receive a $25,000 cash prize, join a network of Prize-winning communities and have their inspiring accomplishments shared throughout the nation. The other seven winning communities are: Algoma, Wisconsin; Allen County, Kansas; Chelsea, Massachusetts; Garrett County, Maryland; Richmond, Virginia; San Pablo, California, and Seneca Nation of Indians in western New York.

 To become an RWJF Culture of Health Prize winner, Vicksburg 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.

 

 “This recognition means that everyone’s mission is aligning, and we're all moving in the right direction,” says Michele Connelly, Executive Director of the United Way of West-Central Mississippi. “There's a sense of excitement here, a sense of ownership in the community.”

“Vicksburg is on its way. We’re hoping to create a family destination here”, says Mayor George Flaggs.

 

 Vicksburg will join this year’s other Prize winning communities at the Culture of Health Prize Celebration and Learning Event at Robert Wood Johnson Foundation headquarters in Princeton, New Jersey on October 11-12.  

 

In celebration and recognition of Vicksburg’s commitment to a Culture of Health, partners including The City of Vicksburg, The United Way of West-Central Mississippi, Shape Up Mississippi, and the Vicksburg-Warren County Chamber of Commerce will host a celebration event at the Vicksburg Municipal Auditorium on October 30th, 2017. Join local, state and national leaders, along with non-profit agencies who have helped inspire long-term solutions for a Culture of Heath in our community.

 

 Learn more about Vicksburg’s work, as well as this year’s other Prize winners through a collection of videos, photos, and more at www.rwjf.org/Prize.

 

About Shape Up Mississippi

 

Shape Up Mississippi, founded in 2010 by local gym owner Linda Fondren, has the mission to improve health, well-being and quality of life in our community. SUM addresses obesity and inactivity issues with free physical fitness and nutrition classes and monthly walks in city parks. SUM and partner organizations have developed community-oriented initiatives such as the Vicksburg Community Garden Park, as well as educational programs that celebrate the unique history and ethnic diversity of the region.

 About The United Way of West-Central Mississippi

 For over 60 years, the United Way of West Central Mississippi has focused on improving lives and strengthening our community through programs that provide a lasting impact in the areas of health, education, financial stability and support services – the building blocks for a good quality life. We collaborate with our partner agencies, non-profits, local government, civic and faith organizations, along with community investors to deliver measurable improvements and solutions to the critical health and human services facing the communities we serve. We LIVE UNITED because individuals are willing to give, advocate, and volunteer on our behalf.

 About Vicksburg-Warren County Chamber of Commerce

 Established in 1895 as the Vicksburg Board of Trade, the Vicksburg-Warren County Chamber of Commerce's mission today is to improve the quality of life for Warren County, including the City of Vicksburg. This is achieved by promoting the growth and development of the business community through opportunities in networking, education, and training. Having a healthy workforce and a community with a good quality of life helps to attract businesses to the area. For more information, visit http://www.vicksburgchamber.org/

 About the City of Vicksburg

 The City of Vicksburg was established in 1825 and is governed by a full-time Mayor and Board of Aldermen. The City’s mission is to provide public service to taxpayers and to promote the safety, health and welfare of its citizens. For more information, visit www.vicksburg.org

  About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

For more than 40 years the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to improve health and health care. We are working with others to build a national Culture of Health enabling everyone in America to live longer, healthier lives. For more information, visit www.rwjf.org Follow the Foundation on Twitter at www.rwjf.org/twitter or on Facebook at www.rwjf.org/facebook.

 About the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute

The University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute advances health and well-being for all by developing and evaluating interventions and promoting evidence-based approaches to policy and practice at the local, state, and national levels. The Institute works across the full spectrum of factors that contribute to health. A focal point for health and health care dialogue within the University of Wisconsin-Madison and beyond, and a convener of stakeholders, the Institute promotes an exchange of expertise between those in academia and those in the policy and practice arena. The Institute leads the work on the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps and the RWJF Culture of Health Prize. For more information, visit http://uwphi.pophealth.wisc.edu