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Student & Alumni Achievements

UNC Alumni Lead NC Health Departments that Win RWJF’s Culture of Health Prize

Two of six U.S. communities selected as winners of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Culture of Health Prize for 2014 are in North Carolina, and public health efforts in both are led by alumni of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.


[Photo: Ms. Gayle Harris and Ms. Gibbie Harris, from videos about their award-winning counties.]

Durham and Buncombe counties were among the winners of the $25,000 prize. Alumna Ms. Gayle Harris is director of the Durham County Department of Health, and alumna Ms. Gibbie Harris (no relation), is Buncombe County Health Director.

“These six communities are beacons of hope and progress for healthier people and families,” says the Foundation’s website. “They were selected from more than 250 applicants and are leading some of the nation’s most innovative efforts to build a national ‘culture of health.’”

Other winners of the 2014 Culture of Health Prize include Spokane, Wash.; Brownsville, Texas; Taos Pueblo, N.M.; and Williamson, W.V.

See the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s features on Durham County and Buncombe County