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By Lookout Staff

September 14, 2016 -- Santa Monica is one of seven cities awarded the 2016 RWJF Culture of Health Prize by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, City officials announced Wednesday morning.

The national prize "honors communities for their efforts to ensure all residents have the opportunity to live longer, healthier, and more productive lives," officials said. Santa Monica was the only Wesy Coast city to receive the award.

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“This honor reflects our community’s decades-long work to create a city that works for everyone, especially the most vulnerable,” said Santa Monica Mayor Tony Vazquez.

“From increasing the minimum wage and our hands on approach to addressing homelessness to using data to measure the wellbeing of our community, building a culture of health is part of the Santa Monica ethos.”

Santa Monica was among nearly 200 communities competing for the national award, City officials said.

The City is being recognized for "bringing partners together to rally around a shared vision of health, drawing especially on the wisdom, voice, and experience of residents themselves," officials said.

Santa Monica was recognized for its efforts to provide affordable housing, address the homelessness problem, increase the minimum wage to $15 by 2020, provide a growing network of alternative modes of transportation and boost funding for public education, officials said.

The other six winning communities for 2016 are the St. Louis area of Missouri; Columbia Gorge Region of Oregon and Washington; Louisville, Kentucky; Manchester, New Hampshire; Miami-Dade County, Florida, and the Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe in Washington.

“The RWJF Culture of Health Prize communities show us that in towns and regions across the nation, individuals are coming together to find powerful ways to help people achieve the best health possible," said Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, RWJF president and CEO.

“These communities are connecting the dots between health and education, jobs, housing, and community safety,” We’re privileged to learn from this growing network of communities that offer hope for the wellbeing of the entire nation.”

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