Six members of Partners for a Healthier Community traveled to Princeton, New Jersey, on February 21, 2013 for a two-day meeting with staff from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and Population Health Institute in which they were presented with one of six national Prize Awards. The team included MDPH Health Systems Manager Michael Coughlin, United Neighbors Executive Director Wendy Garf-Lipp, Fall River Mass In Motion Coordinator Julianne Kelly, Partners School Wellness Coordinator Marcia Picard, Greater Fall River Re-Creation Program Director Jamison Souza, and Healthy City Fall River Coordinator David Weed. They were joined by Nadia Chamblin-Foster, Regional Community Benefits Director, and James Corbett, System Vice President of Community Health & Ethics of Steward Health Care. The City of Fall River was presented with an award plaque, a flag and a check for $25,000 by RWJF President and CEO Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey and praised for its efforts to improve health over the past five years. Click here for a video of the event. Click here for links to more photos and videos about the Prize application process. For more information, contact Healthy City Fall River coordinator David Weed at 508-324-2411.

(Top row) The Fall River team arrives at Robert Wood Johnson headquarters in Princeton, New Jersey, where Fall River Mass in Motion Coordinator Julianne Kelly greets Graham Hartley of the Minneapolis prize-winning team. (Row two, left) Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Senior Program Officer Abbey Cofsky and President and CEO, Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, talks with members of the Fall River team. (Row two, center and right) Senior Communications Officer Joe Marx talks with members of the Minneapolis team before joining Abbey to introduce members of the staff. (Row three) Fall River team members Julie Kelly, Mike Coughlin, Jamison Souza, Marcia Picard and Wendy Garf-Lipp sit down for the luncheon reception and are joined later by Nadia Chamblin-Foster and James Corbett of Steward Healthcare for a photo with Dr. Lavizzo-Mourey. (Row four) Abbey and Dave talk with WSAR radio talk show host Hector Gauthier during a live phone interview before Julie Kelly delivers a presentation about Fall River and Jamison Souza attends a presentation about Cambridge and Santa Cruz. (Row five) Mike Coughlin responds to a question from the audience in his presentation with Julie and Marcia and Wendy do a similar presentation during the second session. (Bottom row, left and right) David Weed introduces himself and his team to RWJF staff as representatives from Santa Cruz, Minneapolis, Cambridge and Manistique listen. (Bottom row, center) Wendy's message to RWJF on the Gratitude Board.

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