More than 300 cities applied, but only twenty were named as finalists in [Michael] Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge. Vote now to support CitizenLex.org, a Lexington, Kentucky-based project of the USF Florida Prevention Research Center (FPRC).
According to Mayor Jim Gray, “CitizenLex helps cities turn citizen energy into action through a set of tools that catalyze innovative community projects.”
The grand prize is $5 million with $1 million as consolation prizes. With this level of funding, the project could sustain and expand its reach to thousands of citizens in the Lexington community.
The impact for the FPRC is equally as huge. Having a model they are testing to help coalitions use marketing to select and promote policy changes to prevent obesity in the national spotlight is priceless.
The Department of Community and Family Health in the College of Public Health is the parent organization for the Florida Prevention Research Center. The FPRC’s mission is to develop, implement and evaluate evidence-based approaches to strengthen community capacity for sustained disease prevention and health promotion. The Florida Prevention Research Center is designated as one of 37 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Centers in the nation funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.