Jul 29, 2015

A Culture of Health in Action

A Culture of Health is the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) vision for America—a culture in which we as a nation strive to build healthier communities, where promoting health is as important as treating illness, and where all members of our diverse society lead healthier lives now and for generations to come.

Nurses are on the front lines in every town and city, well-positioned to promote and help build a Culture of Health. The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action is making sure nurses are an integral part of the RWJF vision. On July 23, 2015 the Campaign’s key stakeholders—including retailers like Best Buy and big-city public health leaders—came together to discuss how they are creating a Culture of Health and how it fits together with efforts to improve health and health care through nursing. Read more about this event and view photos from the meeting.

RWJF’s interim vice president of program portfolios, Michelle Larkin, JD, MS, RN, spoke about the Foundation’s Culture of Health. Watch her presentation below.

The Campaign for Action also brought in a discussion panel to share ways different organizations are creating a Culture of Health. Watch their panel below.

The Culture of Health in Action discussion panel included:


Tools Discussed During the Culture of Health in Action presentation:

Livability Index
The Livability Index is a signature initiative of the AARP Public Policy Institute to measure the quality of life in American communities across multiple dimensions: housing, transportation, neighborhood characteristics, environment, health, opportunity, and civic and social engagement.

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps
The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program is a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. The goals of the program are to: build awareness of the multiple factors that influence health; provide a reliable, sustainable source of local data to communities to help them identify opportunities to improve their health; engage and activate local leaders from many sectors in creating sustainable community change; and connect & empower community leaders working to improve health.