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The 2016 RWJF Culture of Health Prize Competition is Underway

The prize recognizes and celebrates communities that have placed a priority on health and are creating powerful partnerships and deep commitments to make change – change that will enable all in our diverse society to lead healthier lives now and for generations to come. The annual Robert Wood Johnson Foundation competition will award up to 10 winning communities with a $25,000 cash prize and have their stories celebrated and shared broadly.

Trust Launches Decade-Long, $30 Million Early Childhood Initiative

Thousands of children in Forsyth County arrive in kindergarten each year at risk of falling behind their classmates. The goal of Great Expectations is for at least 90 percent of all financially disadvantaged children living in Forsyth County – between birth and exiting kindergarten – to reach age-appropriate developmental milestones.

Investing in Forsyth County’s Future

Kernersville resident Susan Choplin is one of just six North Carolina teachers handpicked to lead a Kindergarten Demonstration Classroom. Each year, she hosts up to 100 instructors from across the state to visit her class at Walkertown Elementary School and observe first-hand how she engages her students, creates a supportive learning environment, and provides Forsyth County’s children with the tools they need to succeed through high school and beyond.

Healthier Learning Grows Healthier Communities

Now president of Western Piedmont Community College (WPCC), Dr. Michael Helmick first learned about the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust’s Healthy Places North Carolina initiative while serving as president of Rockingham Community College. Rockingham County is among the first of seven counties where the Trust launched Healthy Places and began investing in community-led projects and programs designed to improve health outcomes.    

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