The Columbia Gorge Region was recently awarded the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize in recognition for the region's efforts towards ensuring all residents have the opportunity to live longer, healthier, and more productive lives, and its commitment to collaboration. CHARA’s medical director, Kristen Dillon, and Paul Lindberg from Providence Hood River Hospital represented the region at the RWJF Culture of Health Prize National Celebration and Learning Event this week in Princeton, New Jersey. Click the button below to view the event and watch Kristen and Paul share about the region's success and approach with the RWJF President/CEO and Culture of Health Prize Director (skip to 26:00-38:00 to watch specific content on the Gorge).
Chosen from nearly 200 communities across the country, the Columbia Gorge’s selection stems from its success in bringing partners together to rally around a shared vision of health, drawing especially on the wisdom, voice, and experience of residents. The Columbia Gorge region is one of seven communities awarded the Prize in 2016.
A big thanks to the 15-member Community Advisory Council (CAC), Veggie Rx program, The Next Door, and all of the other community led initiatives, community leaders, and volunteers that have united our community in a strive to increase health and inclusion for all in our region. Keep up the great work!