The Opportunity: Creating a Culture of Health
This report provides a profile of health in America, focusing specifically on the role that social factors like neighborhood features, early childhood, income, education, and race and ethnicity play.Read the Report
This report describes findings from a national survey of professionals in the fields of health care, public health, early child care, education, human services, housing, transportation, and community development finance, providing information on how cross-sector initiatives and collaborative action can improve the health of communities across the United States.Read the Report
Across America, people living just a few miles apart have dramatic differences in life expectancy. To improve health we need to improve people’s opportunities to make healthy choices—in the places where they live, learn, work, and play.Explore the Maps
Explore this fact sheet to learn about the key elements of successful early childhood programs, estimated savings to society, and known risks of failing to invest in early childhood development.Read more
Explore this fact sheet to see how communities can affect health, including the impact of housing and transportation on health.Read more
In April 2009, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to Build a Healthier America issued 10 cross-cutting recommendations for improving the nation’s health.Read the recommendations
Early Childhood Resources
This issue brief examines how social and economic conditions shape children's health and the strong evidence that disadvantages in early childhood can limit children's opportunities for health throughout life.Read the issue brief
Healthy Communities Resources
This issue brief examines the current evidence linking neighborhoods and health, the opportunities for Americans to live in healthy neighborhoods, and promising programs and interventions to make neighborhoods healthier places to live, learn and play.Read the Issue Brief
In an April 12, 2013 speech about creating resilient communities, Chairman of the Federal Reserve System Ben S. Bernanke illustrates the close connections between housing, education, unemployment, and health within neighborhoods.Read more
Risa Lavizzo-Mourey's chapter in Investing In What Works for America's Communities examines the connections between health and community development, and explores how the two sectors can work together to amplify their impact.Read the chapter
We create new opportunities for better health by investing in health where it starts—in our homes, schools, and jobs.
Developing small community homes as alternatives to nursing homes, this radical, new national model for skilled nursing care returns control...
A conference in St. Paul, Minnesota earlier this month examined ideas and emerging examples for building a healthier Minnesota by promoting ...
The RWJF DataHub tracks state-level data, and allows visitors to customize and visualize facts and figures.
A short distance can mean large disparities in health. Across America, people living just a few miles apart have dramatic differences in lif...
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is working to increase awareness and understanding of the impact of ACEs and the need to develop effectiv...
As we pause to remember the rich contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we should also reflect on how his legacy can be used to elimi...
The RWJF Roadmaps to Health Prize honors outstanding community partnerships which are helping people live healthier lives. The six winners w...
Bithlo, Fla. is a town of 8,000 that is just 30 minutes outside Orlando and not much farther from the “happiest place on Earth” — but is bes...
Cure Violence, formerly known as CeaseFire, is a national public health strategy that reduces gun shootings and killings.
Gretchen Hammer, MPH, executive director of the Colorado Coalition for the Medically Underserved, on the importance of empathy in healing.
Playworks improving the health and well-being of children through safe, meaningful play