If you haven’t already heard, Richmond received good news last week. We are one of 8 communities across the country to receive the Culture of Health Prize from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Let’s be clear – this award does not mean Richmond has achieved excellence or that our health outcomes have dramatically leap-frogged other cities and towns. What it does signify, however, is that Richmond demonstrates a hunger for change. It shows that community stakeholders are joining together and moving the needle forward, little by little, to make Richmond the best city it can be.
The Community Foundation is fortunate to work alongside many of these changemakers. We support the efforts of key partners like the Jenkins Foundation, which has invested over $20 million in 20 years to improve access to health care and education in the region, and nonprofits partners on the ground who daily meet the needs of local residents. Through the power of philanthropy, The Community Foundation works to not only sustain this positive momentum but also create a better balance of opportunity for all residents investing in efforts that make Richmond a more active community and quality place.
The collaboration between private funders, city officials and generous donors shows that together we will continue to make Richmond a better place to work, live and play. The momentum for change is building, and we are encouraged by the work and dedication of many who are making Richmond a healthy community for all.