Chosen from nearly 200 applicant communities across the country, Greenville County is one of five winners of the RWJF Culture of Health Prize awarded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Our community’s award-winning efforts include:
- OnTrack Greenville, a school-based early warning and response system helping to keep middle-school students on track to graduate from high school. It is a community-wide collaboration among United Way, Greenville County Schools, Prisma Health, and local non profit organizations.
- The Greenville Housing Fund, working to expand affordable housing options and purchase land in gentrifying communities along with efforts by community groups such as Mountain View Baptist Church and the Sterling Land Trust
- A resident-based advocacy effort to increase public funding to expand public transit hours and routes.
- Passage of the Workforce Expansion Act to create more employment opportunities for residents who were once incarcerated
- Creation and expansion of the Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail
- Advocacy for educational equity by the Upstate DREAMers Alliance
- Youth mentoring through Momentum Bike Clubs
“The time was right to nominate Greenville because community partners have demonstrated a culture of collaboration and innovation to build a thriving community for all. We believe Greenville is an awardee because the leaders, both formal and informal, in this community are shining a light on the many opportunities that we have to improve health, and are actively working together to make lasting change.”
– Sally Wills, executive director of LiveWell Greenville.
LiveWell Greenville, the Piedmont Health Foundation, and the Jolley Foundation collaborated to submit the application on behalf of Greenville County.