The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is invested in developing boundary-spanning leaders—innovative and inspired people who are taking creative, 360-degree approaches to solving problems. These leaders are cutting cut across professions, organizations, and sectors to forge solutions to today’s complex health and health care problems and improve the health of their communities. They are forming partnerships that bring together sometimes unlikely collaborators to break down silos and create an even bigger impact.
Leaders who are transforming health and health care
These visionaries are fundamentally changing the landscape. They are creating new approaches to health and health care by spanning boundaries—across areas of expertise, organizations, cultures, and communities.
Addressing our nation’s health challenges requires leadership and collaboration across all sectors—and the kind of innovation that none of us can achieve alone.”
RWJF President and CEO
Working Together to Create Healthier Communities
The 2011 County Health Rankings ranked San Bernardino County—which spans more than 20,000 square miles and a population of more than 2 million—50th out of 56 California counties in health factors like physical environment, social and economic factors, health behaviors and clinical care. In response, County leaders and community partners created the San Bernardino Healthy Communities Initiative to address the county’s health crisis.
Supporting Leadership Development
The RWJF Scholars, Fellows, and Leadership Programs, part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Human Capital Portfolio, invest in a diverse group of innovative and inspired people, supporting their efforts to improve health and health care for everyone. The programs work to ensure that the nation has a diverse, well-trained workforce—across disciplines and career paths—who can address the health care needs of all Americans.
National Prevention Strategy: Engaging Leaders Across Sectors
The National Prevention Strategy is engaging 17 federal agencies to develop cross-sector strategies to improve Americans’ health. NewPublicHealth.org is talking with Agency directors and their designees to the Prevention Council about their participation in efforts to address the many factors that influence our health—from housing and education, to transportation, clean water and access to healthy foods.Read more
Local Leadership Initiatives
Investing in Community Leaders
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is dedicated to developing and supporting leaders who work in their communities, serving vulnerable populations and addressing some of the nation's most intractable health care problems.
national leadership programs
Supporting Government Leaders, Policy-Makers
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation supports programs that help government leaders and policy-makers in their efforts to develop public policies that promote health and health care in America.
RWJF Program Areas
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A call for nominations of innovative youth for the Young Leaders Awards: Recognizing Leadership for a Healthier America.
By Susan Hassmiller, PhD, RN, FAAN RWJF Senior Adviser for Nursing and Director, Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action
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Learn more about Action Coalitions working around the country.
Learn more about the nursing programs supported by RWJF.
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Babies Born Healthy Leadership in Action Program sought to improve birth outcomes in Baltimore and helped actual and potential leaders devel...
The Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program seeks to increase the number of faculty from historically disadvantaged backgrounds who ...