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Podcast: Spartanburg named winner of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize

Thursday, October 29

Award demonstrates community's commitment to a shared vision of health


The good news just keeps coming for Spartanburg. Yesterday, the the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation's largest philanthropy dedicated solely to health, named Spartanburg one of eight winners of its Culture of Health Prize for 2015. Spartanburg County is being recognized for leveraging its unique strengths and rallying community partners around a shared vision of health.


Efforts have resulted in a significant reduction in teen pregnancy rates in the county, a comprehensive neighborhood revitalization that is increasing affordable housing, education opportunities, and access to wellness services and healthy foods, increased access to healthcare and social services for low-income, uninsured residents in the county, and creative strategies to integrate behavioral health services into the community. To become a RWJF Culture of Health Prize winner, Spartanburg County 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.


Today on the podcast, we're talking with Mary Black Foundation President and CEO Kathy Dunleavy about this new award, and what it means for the work currently being done to address health issues within our community. Listen below for more.


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