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Posted on: December 27, 2019

Douglas County advances in prestigious Culture of Health Prize consideration

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Douglas County has advanced to the next round in the annual Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize.

Out of 136 applicants, we are one of only 35 to reach Phase II.

The annual prize elevates the compelling stories of community members throughout the country who are working together in new ways so that everyone can live their healthiest life possible.

In Douglas County, our Phase I application celebrates progress in these areas:

  • Affordable Housing
    • Tenants to Homeowners is the state’s first Community Land Trust. 
    • Affordable Housing Advisory Board oversees $1 million in annual tax-funded housing supports. 
    • Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority has implemented flexible voucher programs for families experiencing homelessness, domestic violence and other challenges.
  • Behavioral Health
    • Behavioral Health Leadership coalition forms.
    • Integrated Crisis Team provides enhanced services at LMH Health emergency department.
    • Douglas County and BHLC provide leadership to guide the passage of a sales tax referendum that funds a Treatment and Recovery Campus and to improve our behavioral health system of care.
  • Healthy Food Access
    • Just Food, local food bank, launches mobile food pantry serving rural, vulnerable population. 
    • Food service training program helps clients find employment. 
    • Partnership with the health care sector to integrate food assistance into care.
    • Food pantries at schools and universities to serve youth and youth adults.
  • Healthy Futures
    • Schools serve as a hub for children to receive supportive services.
    • Douglas County Dental Clinic operates free clinics in every school.
    • Bert Nash expands WRAP workers in every school district to support behavioral health needs.
    • Community partners support Safe Routes to School.

We have completed our Phase II application. You can watch this Community Voices Entry that was part of our application, and it features Douglas County residents who have worked on making progress in: - Integrating Arts and Social Science to serve behavioral health needs - Building a Peer Support System of Care in Behavioral Health - Affordable Housing solutions for all residents - Building a Community of Learning and Practice for Equity Video supported by the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department and K-State Research and Extension - Douglas County. 

Partners in the Culture of Health Prize effort include Lawrence Tenants to Homeowners, Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority, Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, United Way of Douglas County, Douglas County Dental Clinic, Douglas County Government, City governments of Lawrence, Eudora, Baldwin, Lecompton, Lawrence Public Schools, Eudora Schools, Baldwin City USD 438, Perry-Lecompton School District, Just Food, LMH Health, Heartland Community Health Center, Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, DCCCA, University of Kansas, Haskell Indian Nations University, Douglas County Food Policy Council, LiveWell Douglas County, Behavioral Health Leadership Coalition, Lawrence Affordable Housing Advisory Board, Be Active Safe Routes.