Judges from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation “Culture of Health Prize” will be in Algoma Wednesday and Thursday to review the Live Algoma community health initiative.

After five rounds of competition, Live Algoma is one of 11 finalist for this national award, which can be given to up to 10 communities that are making great strides in their journey to better health. The Culture of Health Prize competition started with 210 communities competing for this prestigious award. The winners of the competition receive a $25,000 award. Each winner will also have their success story celebrated broadly to inspire change across the nation.

To earn The Culture of Health Prize finalist status, communities had to demonstrate how they excelled in 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 recognizes communities that have placed a priority on health and are creating powerful partnerships and deep commitments that will enable everyone, especially those facing the greatest challenges, with the opportunity to live well.

A Culture of Health recognizes that health and wellbeing are greatly influenced by where we live, work, the safety of our surroundings, and the relationships we have in our families and communities. The Prize elevates the compelling stories of local leaders and community members who are coming together to create conditions for health and prosperity by transforming neighborhoods, schools, and businesses—so that good health flourishes everywhere.