Gonzales is one of five winners of the 2019 RWFJ Culture of Health Prize awarded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The city was chosen from about 200 applicant communities.
The award recognizes communities working to advance health, opportunity and equity. What made Gonzales stand out was efforts to put initiatives and programs in place over the last 10 years that have resulted in progress on youth engagement, economic development, health care access and sustainability.
“The City Council and staff are committed to working collaboratively to provide the resources necessary to bring excellent services that enhance the quality of life of our diverse community. We are honored to be recognized by RWJF for the years of hard work by many of our residents and community partners who have contributed to the city’s goal of improving the overall health of all residents,” said Gonzales Mayor Maria Orozco.
Gonzales will get a $25,000 prize, join a network of prize-winning communities and have its accomplishments shared around the country.
The city joins Santa Cruz County, Santa Monica and San Pablo as the fourth California to win the prize.