The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHSC-Houston) has been recognized for its role in the City of Brownsville’s receipt of the prestigious RWJF Culture of Health Prize from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Brownsville was one of only six cities in the nation selected for the award, which was announced today at the Aspen Ideas Festival Spotlight: Health. The prize honors communities that are harnessing the collective power of leaders, partners, and stakeholders to help residents live healthier lives. Brownsville will receive a cash prize of $25,000 in recognition of its commitment to building a Culture of Health.
The award recognizes the collaboration of The University of Texas School of Public Health Brownsville Regional Campus, part of UTHSC-Houston; the City of Brownsville’s Public Health Department; city leaders such as City Commissioner Rose M. Z. Gowen, M.D.; and the involvement of the community. Other key partners include the Community Advisory Board and United Brownsville.
“For the last 10 years, the School of Public Health has partnered with the Community Advisory Board, comprised of over 200 organizations and individuals from around the Rio Grande Valley, to improve health through research, implementation of evidence-based programs, mass media strategies, and policy and environmental change initiatives. The united, collaborative and evidence-based approach has created lasting change,” said Belinda Reininger, Dr.PH., associate professor of health promotion and behavioral science at the Brownsville campus.