Spokane County is one of six winners nationwide for the 2014 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize. Through the hard work of Communities In Schools and other local youth-serving organizations, the graduation rate in Spokane Public Schools has significantly increased from less than 60% in 2006 to almost 80% in 2013. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recognizes our work in helping students access more education is directly linked to higher income and better health.

Spokane was the only applicant out of 253 to focus on building a culture of health through the lens of educational attainment. Washington was also the only state in the Pacific Northwest to be home to a 2014 winning community. Priority Spokane was the submitting agency for the application.

To learn more about how Spokane is improving education watch this short video by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Click Here: Education as a Catalyst for Better Health