Canton, Ohio Selected as Finalist for RJWF Roadmaps to Health Prize

Sep 27, 2013

Canton, Ohio Selected as Finalist for RJWF Roadmaps to Health Prize

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Canton, Ohio: Canton was chosen today as a finalist for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) second annual RWJF Roadmaps to Health Prize. As a finalist, Canton is one step closer to the RWJF Roadmaps to Health Prize, which honors communities whose efforts illustrate an enduring commitment toward creating a culture of health for all residents. Canton was selected along with eleven other communities from across the nation for their health improvement efforts and will now be considered for the RWJF Roadmaps to Health Prize.

Canton will host the RWJF site visit team in early December and the six prizewinners will be announced in June 2014.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is the premier philanthropic grant funder for healthcare in America. The Roadmaps to Health Prize application was submitted by Mercy Medical Center on behalf of the community of Canton, Ohio. The approach showcased the achievements of community partners that strive to make the city a great place to live, work, learn and play. 

Featured in the application was Canton’s ability to collaborate, assess and prioritize needs, share resources, support effective policies and programs, evaluate existing programs, communicate victories and challenges, and continue the journey toward optimal health for all. 

The application highlighted the following four achievements Canton has accomplished on its roadmap to health:

  • North East Area Renaissance [NEAR] implements action goals and policies for the renaissance of northeast neighborhoods.
  • Community Building Partnership enacts evidence based city renewal policies.
  • Mahoning Road Corridor Project provides access and city revitalization. 
  • Mercy Medical Center establishes quality healthcare for the at-risk in the heart of a northeast neighborhood.

“We are pleased and honored to have advanced as a RWJF Roadmaps to Health Prize finalist community,” says Sister Carolyn Capuano, HM, vice president of mission and ministry at Mercy Medical Center. “The application process has been extensive and increased awareness of the numerous collaborators in our city that make accessible healthcare for all a priority.  It is our hope that other communities around the country can learn from Canton’s efforts to bring quality healthcare to their communities.”

To earn Prize finalist status, Canton had to illustrate how its efforts to foster healthier outcomes for its citizens reflect the six RWJF Roadmaps to Health Prize criteria:

  1. Harnessing the collective power of leaders, partners, and community members.
  2. Implementing a strategic approach to improving health that focuses on the multiple factors that influence health.
  3. Addressing problems that disproportionately affect vulnerable populations.
  4. Developing sustainable, long-term solutions to shared community priorities.
  5. Securing and making the most of available resources.
  6. Measuring and sharing results.

“Selected from more than 250 applicants, the twelve RWJF Roadmaps to Health Prize finalist communities distinguished themselves with creative strategies to help people lead healthier lives,” said Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, RWJF president and CEO. “These communities are shining examples of a growing movement to create a culture of health across our nation.”
The RWJF Roadmaps to Health Prize is an annual no-strings-attached $25,000 cash prize that will be awarded to up to six of the finalist communities in June 2014. The Prize was launched to further the work of the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program, a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. The program provides data, tools and potential solutions to help policy-makers and the public improve the many factors that influence health in their community. The Rankings show communities where there are areas to improve and the Roadmaps show how communities can take action to expand opportunities for healthier choices. The RWJF Roadmaps to Health Prize honors communities that are creating a culture of health. Find out more at
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