Fishers recently was selected one of 12 finalists for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize, which honors communities that bring partners together around a shared commitment to health, opportunity and equity.
Fishers was selected out of nearly 200 other communities. Winners will be announced in the fall.
“Advancing as a RWJF Culture of Health Prize finalist is a testament to the hard work and dedication of dozens of city leaders and residents committed to making Fishers a vibrant and healthy community,” Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness stated. “Through partnerships with Hamilton Southeastern Schools, the city and other leaders, our community has been on a journey for the last six years to not only address the mental health crisis in our community, but to bring more economic opportunity, more equitable conversations to the forefront, and develop wraparound services for our residents in need. Being recognized as a finalist means we’re on the right track to providing all residents a quality of life that goes beyond the traditional definition of a great place to live to include health, safety and opportunity.”
In the application process, Fishers showcased its dedication to a sustainable culture of health through various programs, such as the Fishers Fire and Emergency Services Dept.’s WeCare program; the Fishers Mental Health Initiative; the Fishers Council on Disability; the City of Fishers’ and Hamilton Southeastern Schools’ chief equity officer; Launch Fishers and Indiana IoT Lab economic development efforts; affordable housing efforts; township government support; local nonprofits like the Fishers Youth Assistance Program and Youth Mentoring Initiative; Fishers Parks and Recreation’s nature programs; and a partnership with AARP and senior programming.
If selected as a prize winner, Fishers will receive a $25,000 cash prize and a national platform to share its story and lessons learned.
For more, visit rwjf.org/prize.