STAMFORD, Conn., May 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Stamford's Vita Health & Wellness District has been selected to receive an Action Award from the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps Program, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation program. Stamford is one of 20 communities nationwide receiving this recognition in 2015.
The Roadmaps to Health Action Awards are designed to strengthen the capacity of communities to improve health. The Award represents a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. The Rankings show communities where they can improve, and the Roadmaps show communities how to take action to expand opportunities for healthier choices.
Stamford's Vita Health & Wellness District, a partnership of Charter Oak Communities (COC), Stamford Hospital and the City of Stamford, was selected because of demonstrated efforts to improve the health of COC residents and the Stamford community at large.
The Vita Health & Wellness District will receive:
- Direct, customized support from a Roadmaps to Health community coach for up to one year to support Vita's journey to build a "culture of health"
- The opportunity to network and engage with thought leaders, national organizations and other communities, including consultation referrals and participation in an in-person conference
- Up to $10,000 funding for related program initiatives.
"With this support, COC and its community partners will continue strengthening the Vita Health & Wellness initiative, building a healthier community comprising science-based objectives, robust provider support, and strong community partnerships," said Vincent J. Tufo, executive director and CEO, Charter Oak Communities. "This Action Award recognizes the significant progress COC and its partners have already achieved in improving access to integrated health and wellness resources, and offers an enhanced roadmap for our continuing evolution."
Tufo said the initiatives underway include several agencies participating in Vita's Stamford Community Collaborative -- local organizations vested in community health and wellness. They share hands-on, related interests, he added, with a sustained focus on improving overall health and wellness, including equitable access to services and improved opportunities for residents.
The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program also includes the RWJF Culture of Health Prize which honors communities that are making great strides in their journey to build a Culture of Health. The 2015 Prize winners will be announced on October 28, 2015.
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SOURCE Charter Oak Communities