Entries in this category honor strategic partnerships that strengthen the competitiveness of the communities in which they serve through building and/or embedding a culture of health across geographic, demographic, and social sectors. These initiatives include, but are not limited to:
- Providing information about health issues;
- Convening broad-based action groups(i.e. policy, health, faith-based, business, etc.) for shared discussions
- Hosting public events (health and wellness fairs, farmers markets, walk/run, workout classes);
- Empowering employees to extending workplace wellness into community activities;
- Targeting initiatives: Surveying the landscape, conducting a needs assessment, setting clear-evidence based goals to improve health;
- Connecting individuals and families to health care, after-school activities, childcare, housing, transportation, and other quality-of-life support;
- Creating goods and services that support teh health of their consumers (i.e. quality food, affordable prices, sustainable practices).
Award-winning submissions must include (1) an outline of the larger partnership strategy with (2) a detailed narrative of 1-3 specific initiatives and (3) a commitment to demonstrate measurable results in improving health. Submissions should detail the impact and evaluation methodology from either 2015 or 2016 data.