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December 9, 2013: According to a new report released by The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, in partnership with RWJF and four other organizations, states would earn about $25 million in tobacco revenue next year but are still using revenue linked to tobacco for puruposes other than cessation and prevention.Read The New York Times article
December 9, 2013: Two new RWJF-released reports show public health in Mass. in two different lights. The first reviews the creation of a four-year Trust created as an element of health care cost containmen in 2012. The other finds that states continue to spend only a small portion of their tobacco revenues to fight tobacco use, leaving Mass. 14th from the bottom in helping people quit.Read the Boston.com Health Stew blog post
December 7, 2013: Sixty-eight percent of parents reported their child’s school failed to provide daily physical education classes, a recommendation included in the CDC’s guidelines for schools. Also discovered in the NPR/RWJF/Harvard School of Public Health survey of 1,368 U.S. parents is their desire for more emphasis to be placed on physical education.Read the UPI.com article
December 4, 2013: A new preparedness index, primarily made up of public health and health care system measures, provides a way to gauge and advance the nation's readiness to protect people during a disaster. “We invite new partners to join the effort, making it an even stronger tool ... " said John Lumpkin, MD, RWJF senior vice president and director of the Health Care Group.Read the PR Newswire article
December 1, 2013: Nursing programs in N.J. are expanding as the number of applicants for admission climbed from 440 in 2009 to 750 this year. Because of the growing nursing and faculty shortage, in 2009 RWJF and the N.J. Chamber of Commerce launched a five-year, $22 million N.J. Nursing Initiative to help train nurses to become nurse faculty members.Read The Star-Ledger article
November 20, 2013: New Jersey needs 1,000 more primary care doctors by 2020 to meet the demand of 900,000 newly-insured people anticipating under the Affordable Care Act. RWJF awarded $1.1 million in grants to improve patient care and address the shortage of doctors and nurses in the garden state.Read The Star-Ledger article
November 15, 2013: The Green House Project allows frail elders to avoid hospital-like settings and instead, embrace home-like environments that offer privacy and independence, aiming to make long-term care more effective. The concept is “changing our ideas about how to care for people at that stage of life,” says Jane Lowe, RWJF senior adviser for program development.Read the SunSentinel article
November 5, 2013: Retail clinics could save up to $500 million per year in health care costs if nurse practitioners (NPs) who staff them are allowed to practice independently. According to a new RWJF study, NPs who practice to the full extent of their training delivery high-quality primary care. In New Mexico, NPs are allowed to diagnose and treat patients without physician involvement.Read the Albuquerque Business First blog
November 4, 2013: Dramatic differences exist in health outcomes for people living just a few miles apart. Maps released by the RWJF Commission to Build a Healthier America illustrate life expectancy in relation to common landmarks such as subway stops and highway exits. In January 2013, the Commission will release recommendations to create healthier communities.Read the HUD USER.org article
November 4, 2013: The NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee and RWJF announced a $1.5 million grant to be distributed by the Snowflake Youth Foundation to provide youth serving agencies with grants to make facilities repairs and replace equipment that had been damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Sandy.Read the NewYorkJets.com article
October 30, 2013: Violence is the leading cause of death among young men and boys of color. Cure Violence is a national public health strategy that uses a public health model to reduce gun violence. “It’s exciting to begin to see ... a broader recognition that violence is a health problem and a learned behavior that can be changed,” says Jane Lowe, RWJF senior advisor for program development.Read the CureViolence.com blog post
October 30, 2013: Young children unprotected from toxic stress may be at higher risk for lifelong health and social problems, which are strongly connected to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), including abuse and neglect. The RWJF-funded Child First program works in partnership with community-based agencies to bring mental health professionals into the home.Read The New York Times commentary
October 29, 2013: School activities and support of the community help families manage emotional repercussions of Hurricane Sandy. This is especially important at the one-year mark of the superstorm when attention about the tragic event is heightened and feelings of anxiety or depression are triggered.Read the Star-Ledger article
October 23, 2013: Fail to turn in your homework assignment? Forget to get your mom's signature on the class trip form? In a lot of schools, kids who commit such minor infractions have recess taken away from them as punishment. An RWJF study finds that 77 percent of school principals engage in the practice. An article in The Atlantic explains why it's a bad idea.Read The Atlantic article
October 22, 2013: IOM President Harvey V. Fineberg referred to Steven A. Schroeder, MD, as a “champion of health for Americans and citizens around the world” for his lifelong achievements and “perseverance in funding tobacco research and creating breakthrough strategies to help smokers quit.” Schroeder facilitated a shift in public attitudes toward smoking and shaped policies to prevent it.Read the News Medical article
October 21, 2013: For victims of superstorm Sandy, emotional well-being remains a work in progress. RWJF sponsored a panel to discuss the need to call attention to resources available to residents. John Lumpkin, MD, RWJF senior vice president and Health Care Group director says, “It’s that sort of hopelessness over a long period of time . . . where the interventions are so critical.”
October 18, 2013: An estimated 20,000 people remain homeless one year after superstorm Sandy, while their hope for reconstruction, as well as emotional healing, dwindles. Very often, mental health is ignored. “We used to say there’s physical health and mental health,” said John Lumpkin, MD, senior vice president and the director of the RWJF Health Care Group. “There’s clear evidence showing that those two are intertwined.”
October 17, 2013: Eight ideas were pitched at RWJF’s first ever Pioneer Pitch Day, an opportunity to highlight our country’s greatest health and health care challenges. Lori Melichar, PhD, senior program officer who heads up the project, said the pitch team wanted to try out the new format to signal the Foundation's interest in ideas that have the potential to dramatically transform health and health care.Read the MedCity News article
October 15, 2013: Some seniors are not receiving key medications, while others are more likely to receive potentially harmful ones, according to new research from the RWJF-funded Dartmouth Atlas Project. Medication use varies drastically across the United States and the overall health status of a region accounts for less than one-third of variation in prescription drug use across regions.Read The Associated Press article
October 15, 2013: The Dartmouth Atlas Project, which studies variations in medical care across the United States, looked at prescriptions written for patients on Medicare and found that patterns of administering these drugs are inconsistent. This demonstrates how far we still have to go to make sure people get the care they need, says RWJF Senior Program Officer Katherine Hempstead, PhD.Read the NBC News article
October 15, 2013: Although experts say dealing with emotional consequences soon after a disaster may help reduce the possibility of long-term problems, as the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy approaches, emotional damage remains. Through an RWJF grant, New Jersey Mental Health officials have been helping storm victims find relief by work through their psychological issues.
October 9, 2013: Hospitals with higher nurse-to-patient staffing ratios are less likely to be penalized for excessive readmissions. Researchers note that higher staffing reduces nurses’ workloads, allowing them to work more effectively while coordinating patient care, overseeing care in the hospital, planning for patients’ discharge, and educating patients and families about post-release home care.
October 8, 2013: The promotion of energy-dense, nutrient-poor products—such as soft drinks and fast food—by physically fit, well-known athletes sends mixed messages about diet and health. According to researchers, 93 percent of 46 beverages analyzed, which were endorsed by athletes, received all of their calories from added sugars.
October 6, 2013: The underlying culture of nutrition and eating in America is changing, according to newspaper articles from all over the country; we are turning the corner in addressing America’s obesity challenge. In spite of financial gain enjoyed by purveyors of unhealthy eating and high-fat food choices, health eating and physical activity make too much sense to ignore.
September 30, 2013: The gaming industry’s understanding of how to drive effective behavior change may be useful in exploring the intersection between health care and video games. On October 1st, RWJF will announce finalists in two data challenges to find technological solutions to some of the nation’s most pressing health care issues.
September 27, 2013: Nearly one in three American children are overweight or obese. During a Washington Post Live Summit, RWJF President and CEO Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, spoke about six strategies that work well to produce a long-lasting impact in reversing the childhood obesity epidemic. "After decades of nothing but bad news, we're finally seeing some progress."Read The Washington Post commentary
September 27, 2013: Patterson Awards for Excellence in Sports Philanthropy were awarded by RWJF at its campus in Princeton, N.J., honoring the legacy of Steve Patterson, whose outstanding basketball career was surpassed only by his giving heart and dedication to improving the lives of others. Winners were recognized for giving back to their communities and using sport as a tool to better society.
September 25, 2013: The Tony Hawk Foundation was recognized for supporting the creation of public skateboard parks across the country during an RWJF Steve Patterson Award for Excellence in Sports Philanthropy ceremony in Princeton, N.J. Also honored were the San Francisco 49ers and LA84. The Patterson award acknowledges those in sports who demonstrate excellence, leadership, and a sustained commitment toward a mission that serves and improves the lives of others.
September 25, 2013: Little Devices Lab and RWJF launched MakerNurse, an initiative to learn about systems nurses use to improve health care. The process involves sending a team out to collect stories from nurses across the country to learn about how they fix problems and improve patients’ experiences, sometimes involving technologies that they conceived on their own.Read the mobihealthnews story
September 17, 2013: The childhood obesity rate appears to have stabilized and in some states, has actually declined. Signs of progress are evident in places that are taking comprehensive action to address the epidemic. Organizations selecting projects based on evidence of success are shining examples of how to combat not only the childhood obesity epidemic, but other problems as well.
September 16, 2013: More than half of physicians have started keeping electronic medical records and about 80% of hospitals have gone digital also. Not only can they improve health, they reduce costs by cutting problems such as duplicate tests and prescription errors. Unfortunately, privacy remains an issue as well as patients’ temptation to self-medicate after reading their doctor’s notes.
September 3, 2013: Safe, healthy and organized recess can be a key driver of better behavior and learning. Playworks, an RWJF-funded program, shows widespread benefits, including less bullying, more physical activity and more time for learning. Recess benefits students as well as teachers, enable schools to address a number of pressing issues at the same time.
September 2, 2013: In the early going, insurers probably won't implement alternatives to benefits standards specified by states' baseline plans, so there should be fewer disruptions to insurance markets, according to a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report. Concerns over adequacy of benefits remain.Read the American Medical News article
September 2, 2013: Rutgers University officially broke ground on the New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health (IFNH) which will host six centers, including the Center for Childhood Nutrition and Education. As its first strategic initiative, the institute is focusing on childhood obesity. The project is supported by a $10 million grant by RWJF.Read the PhillyBurbs.com article
August 31, 2013: Nearly one in three children and adolescents are overweight or obese. Only 13 percent of students walk or bike to school, even though it is an easy way to help kids meet the 60 minutes of daily activity recommended. The RWJF-funded Safe Routes to School program works to make road and sidewalk repairs aimed at getting kids to school safely on foot or bicycle.
August 28, 2013: Inability to afford medical treatment and dealing with racism are common fears experienced by African Americans who participated in a poll sponsored by RWJF, NPR and Harvard School of Public Health. “If we’re going to create a national culture of health, we need to focus as much on factors such as education and employment as we do on providing affordable and equal access to high-quality, high-value care,” says RWJF President and CEO Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD.
August 21, 2013: People with lower incomes and less education continue to have the highest obesity rates, according to the annual "F as in Fat" report released by the Trust for America's Health and RWJF. ABC Health held a tweet chat to review the latest findings on obesity with top experts in the field, including researchers from The Obesity Society, The National Weight Control Registry and RWJF.Read the ABC News blog
August 19, 2013: Growing attention to the threat of obesity and rigorous efforts to contain it may be working at last. After decades of increases, obesity rates in the United States have leveled off, according to a report issued by the Trust for American’s Health and RWJF. The 2013 “F as in Fat” report indicates that although rates have been stabilized, they remain high, putting Americans at risk for health problems and increasing national health care costs.
August 18, 2013: About half of 1,300 nurses surveyed reported "moderate" verbal abuse from doctors and other nurses, defined as up to five incidents in the preceding three months, according to the RWJF-funded RN Work Project. This is daunting news; another nursing shortage is predicted because almost half of American’s 3 million registered nurses are over age 50.
August 15, 2013: Obesity rates in northeastern states, N.J. in particular, are lower than southern states and the Midwest, according to the 10th annual report, "F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future, " by the Trust for America's Health and RWJF. After three decades of increases, the overall obesity rate is leveling off nationwide, says RWJF President and CEO Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD.
August 15, 2013: Patients who receive pain medicine directly from a doctor achieve better pain relief than those who receive it automatically in their IVs. The way caregivers present and administer treatments, including placebos, has a powerful effect on clinical outcomes. In June, Harvard Medical School and RWJF held an international medical conference devoted entirely to placebo science.
August 15, 2013: Armed with data, Accountable Care Organizations, or network of doctors and hospitals that share responsibility for providing care to patients, can prevent complications and hospital readmissions by addressing potential problems early. Unnecessary readmissions are expensive and put patients at risk, says Susan Mende, RWJF senior program officer.
August 14, 2013: Navigators, a new category of workers under President Obama’s health care law, will educate the uninsured about insurance options. States with fewer funds will need a lot more ingenuity. “There’s definitely going to be a tremendous difference, not only in navigators but also in marketing funds,” says Andy Hyman, senior program officer and Coverage team director at RWJF.
August 13, 2013: Nurses who are verbally abused by physicians are more likely to verbally abuse each other. A new study by the RWJF-funded RN Work Project surveyed 1,328 newly registered nurses to find out why newly-licensed nurses have the highest turnover rate.Read the HealthLeadersMedia.com commentary
August 13, 2013: A new study by The Health Impact Project, a collaboration between RWJF and the Pew Charitable Trusts, shows that poverty and lack of food would lead to increased diseases such as diabetes. If a proposed 5.1 million people are eliminated from the food stamp program, health care costs could increase by almost $15 billion over 10 years.
August 8, 2013: Until now, many reductions in childhood obesity have been limited to higher-income kids. According to a new map released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity is dropping among low-income preschoolers in 19 states. And last month, a joint RWJF/American Heart Association conference highlighted 11 U.S. areas with declining obesity rates.
August 7, 2013: After decades of rising rates, and especially common among Black and Hispanic children, a significant decrease in childhood obesity is reported in a record number of states. "These signs of progress tell a clear story: we can reverse the childhood obesity epidemic. It isn't some kind of unstoppable force," said James S. Marks, MD, RWJF senior vice president and Health Group director.Read the Fox News Latino article
August 6, 2013: Cities and states that participated in programs to make healthy food accessible and encourage exercise were most successful in reducing childhood obesity rates. “From this aggregation, it is clear now that any community that makes these kinds of changes over a few years will see their children get healthier,” says Jim Marks, senior vice president and director of the RWJF Health Group.
August 3, 2013: Although 70 percent of marketplace participants will receive federal assistance, it is not yet known if prices for health coverage will be affordable. Experts from RWJF and the Urban Institute said that only people at or below an income of 250 percent of the federal poverty level will qualify for a combination of premium and cost-sharing subsidies that make coverage through state exchanges as good or better than employer-sponsored coverage.
August 2, 2013—After a disaster, such as the massive destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey, mental health issues often crop up many months later. In a video published on NJTVOnline, RWJF Senior Vice President and Director of the Health Care Group John Lumpkin, MD, talked about the Foundation's more than $700,000 in post-storm support for mental health services in the Garden State.Read the article and watch the video
August 1, 2013: The Knight News Challenge will begin accepting entries on August 19 for innovative ideas to harness data for the health of communities. The contest is a collaboration between the Knight Foundation and four charitable organizations heavily involved in health care: RWJF; the California HealthCare Foundation; the Clinton Foundation; and the Health Data Consortium.
July 31, 2013: About 5.1 million people would lose food stamp eligibility with proposed cuts to SNAP. The Health Impact Project, a collaboration of RWJF and the Pew Charitable Trusts, released a study indicating that cuts would increase poverty, which combined with lack of food, would lead to increased illness. Access to this article requires a subscription.Read The New York Times article
July 27, 2013: The Green House Project concept allows for improved social interaction and quality of life and health for its residents. The RWJF-funded program takes a holistic approach to elder care and well-being by alleviating loneliness, helplessness and boredom, considering aging a time of development and growth.
July 25, 2013: Two organizations are hoping to encourage collaboration among local groups to support a nationwide movement aimed at giving underserved communities greater access to healthy food, end hunger, and reverse rising obesity rates. With a grant from RWJF, Participant Media and Active Voice will show Participant's hard-hitting documentary "A Place at the Table" and host panel discussions in 25 communities.Read the story on WSJ Market Watch
July 22, 2013: Social problems such as urban crime and low health literacy, two of the top five health care priorities for Trenton, N.J., are among the root causes of chronic health problems in the state’s cities. Information collected through an RWJF-funded hospital patient data assessment is being used to adopt plans to meet the needs of the community.
July 22, 2013: Young men of color face daunting challenges and obstacles every day, experiencing less positive outcomes than their peers. Forward Promise, an RWJF-funded initiative, supports innovative, community-based projects working to strengthen health, education, and employment outcomes for middle and high school-aged boys and young men of color.
July 20, 2013: In many cities, different neighborhoods can have vastly different life expectancies, some lower than those of developing countries. A new series of maps released by the RWJF Commission to Build a Healthier America illustrate that just a few miles can mean a 25-year difference in life expectancy for babies born in the New Orleans area.Read the ABC News article
July 29, 2013: Coping with stress, anxiety and frustration resulting from super storm Sandy can take a toll on emotional health. A $700,000 grant from RWJF will allow the Mental Health Association in New Jersey to hire and train counsellors to work with N.J. residents, listening to their stories and assessing whether they need ongoing counselling. Also, community members will be trained to recognize signs of mental health issues.
July 17, 2013: Just a few miles can mean a 14-year difference in life expectancy for babies born in Kansas City. A new series of maps by the RWJF Commission to Build a Healthier America illustrate that where we live, learn, work and play can have a greater impact on our health than we realize. The 2013 Commission will provide new guidance in two key areas: early childhood and healthy communities.
July 2013: Across America, people living just a few miles apart have dramatic differences in life expectancy, according to city maps released by RWJF. The built environment affects public health at all levels of scale. The challenge for built-environment practitioners is to predict, evaluate, and improve the health outcomes of their work after identifying neighborhood features which serve public health.
Read the editorial on NJ.com
July 15, 2013: Obesity rates are showing signs of leveling off, even dropping. Take a look at New York City and Philadelphia, where obesity rates fell last year, and check out Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-supported studies showing similar signs of progress throughout the U.S. Maybe we're doing something right.
July 15, 2013: Most people understand that there are at times immense health disparities between the United States and other countries, particularly within the developing world. But what most people fail to appreciate is the degree to which community health differs within the United States, from one neighborhood to the next—or even from one subway stop to the next, says David Fleming, public health director and health officer for King County, Washington. RWJF has generated a series of maps illustrating these disparities.Read the story on TheAtlanticCities.com
July 12, 2013: Obesity, now classified as a disease, leads to a lot of other diseases. A joint RWJF/American Heart Association conference about fighting obesity in America highlighted 11 U.S. areas with declining obesity rates. "Of course, we can set national goals ... But I think the important point is that it's important to set local goals," says RWJF President and CEO Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD.
July 11, 2013: The majority of states place significant and unnecessary restrictions on APRNs, causing delays in treatment and making it difficult for APRNs to provide care in rural areas, where physicians are often scarce, says Maryjoan Ladden, RWJF senior program officer. A new policy highlights three models for better leveraging skills, knowledge, and experience of APRNs.
July 11, 2013: Getting better health care information to patients is key to reducing costs, says John Lumpkin, RWJF senior vice president and Health Care Group director at RWJF. From patients using smartphones to show doctors snapshots of rashes to electronic health records, the shift toward health information exchanges plays a big role in national health reform.
July 11, 2013: The obesity rate of children almost tripled between 1980 and 2010. Although only a quarter of 8th- to 12th-graders enrolled in the poorest schools played school sports, only 13 percent of boys and 18 percent of girls between 8 and 17 had never joined a team or club. This and other often hidden-away data was shared as part of ESPN's summer 2013 Kids in Sports initiative.
July 10, 2013: West Virginia communities are building exercise parks and day care centers are serving more nutritious meals. A joint initiative of RWJF and the American Heart Association is examining these and other successful programs while concerned and engaged West Virginia residents are excited about living in one of only five states with a documented reversal in childhood obesity.
July 10, 2013: Underlying data from a new RWJF-released report on health information technology in the United States indicates the need to invest further in technology so that data contained in electronic health records can be used more efficiently to drive improved health outcomes and more efficient delivery of careRead the Forbes article
July 9, 2013: Residents can see what drives county-level health by checking out the RWJF-funded County Health Rankings, which offers a detailed snapshot of more than 3,000 communities across the nation. There is more to health than just health care and the Rankings get communities to focus on particular issues that are relevant to them, in comparison to other communities, which minimizes disparities.Read the fastcoexist.com article
July 9, 2013: The obesity rate in adults has doubled, and has nearly quadrupled in children, in the last 30 years. Weight loss surgery advocates are in favor of AMA’s declaration that obesity is a disease, but drugs and surgery aren’t going to fix the epidemic, which is breaking the health care system. Fortunately, obesity defined as a disease prevents people from accepting it without trying to change it.Read the Huffington Post blog
July 8, 2013: More than four of every 10 hospitals now uses new health information technology and 42 percent of hospitals now meet federal standards for collecting electronic health data, according to a new report released by RWJF. Researchers believe that the combination of reliance on information technology; new federal funding; and future penalties under the ACA is driving HER adoption.Read the U.S. News article
July 8, 2013: Hospitals’ use of electronic health records (EHRs) in 2012 nearly tripled since 2010, and percentages for doctors and hospitals should cross the 50% mark this year, says Michael Painter, RWJF senior program officer. The use of EHRs may dramatically cut health care costs—duplicative medical testing can be avoided if doctors can instantly access patient’s records and medical history.
July 8, 2013: Federal incentives to drive the implementation of electronic health records are working but challenges lie ahead. According to an RWJF-funded report coauthored by Mathematica Policy Research and the Harvard School of Public Health, smaller hospitals and physician practices have been slower to adopt the new technology than larger hospitals and groups.
July 8, 2013: Safe, higher-quality care is a result of the adoption of health information technology by U.S. health care providers. "It’s particularly encouraging to see that more doctors and hospitals are using electronic health records, which contribute to better care at the bedside," said RWJF senior vice president John R. Lumpkin.
July 8, 2013: By 2012, there was only a slight a difference (5 percentage points) in electronic health records adoption between hospitals with the poorest patients compared to hospitals with the most well-off patients. According to Michael Painter, RWJF senior program officer, everybody wants to get on board while federal incentives are available and before the disincentives kick in.
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July 8, 2013: Most hospitals are not using electronic health records, mainly due to heavy workload. But according to a new report released by RWJF, federal financial incentives have driven providers (38.2%) to adopt health information technology. RWJF Senior Program Officer Michael Painter says, “we’re making dramatic strides on adoption. The report is showing we’re approaching 50 percent of the market for hospitals.”
July 8, 2013: In an effort to improve quality and reduce the costs of health care, the U.S. government is pushing for the use of electronic health records. According to an RWJF-funded report, 27 percent of hospitals are engaged in a data-sharing initiative, connecting electronic records to share patient information.
July 5, 2013: Through the shared decision-making (S.D.M.) approach, patients’ preferences and values are part of the equation when it comes to making medical care decisions with their doctors. S.D.M. is an attempt to make medicine more humane but clinicians don’t know much about how to engage patients in decision-making in a way that actually achieves the most desired long-term outcome.Read The New Yorker blog
July 1, 2013: Within the next five years, there may not be enough public health RNs to meet population health needs. Recruitment and retention of registered nurses is problematic as many are unsatisfied with their salaries and lack education and training resources. An RWJF-funded report quantifies the problem and its causes.
July 1, 2013: The invention of an orb-like device shows great promise in detecting pain in infant and nonverbal patients, which has been a great challenge for clinicians. The inventor reports that infant pain has often been undertreated because of possible adverse effects of analgesics such as morphine. An RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholars award supported the invention of the device.Read the Nurse.com story
July 1, 2013: The Green House Project is a de-institutionalized care model designed to fit within current regulatory and reimbursement structures, and to nurture people of all abilities, disabilities and financial circumstances. Green Houses are staffed by certified nurse assistants called “shahbazim”, a Persian word describing caring for the elderly as an honor, resulting in improved quality of life for residents.
June 27, 2013: Newly graduated medical students begin their residencies in July. RWJF President and CEO Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, shares ways to avoid being readmitted during this “less-than-ideal” time to be in the hospital: Ask and repeat; have a discharge plan, know your meds, keep appointments, and spot warning signs.
June 27, 2013: Although nurses experience high levels of job satisfaction and feel they are making a difference, health departments are having difficulty filling vacant positions. A new report released by RWJF provides the first comprehensive assessment, describing the relationship between workforce infrastructure and population health outcomes.Read the nurse.com story
June 26, 2013: With shrinking government resources, smaller families and populations growing older, it will take new approaches to ensure that people with disabilities have good lives after their parents or siblings are gone. Disability support organizations help people secure futures for family members with disabilities by preparing long-term care plans and building networks of support.Read The New York Times Opinionator blog
June 26, 2013: A more educated nursing workforce is needed to meet demands of an evolving health care system. A report by the Institute of Medicine and RWJF recommends that at least 80% of nurses have BSNs by 2020. Susan Hassmiller, RN, PhD, FAAN, RWJF senior adviser for nursing, says it is important for hospital CNOs to specify that all new ADN hires get their BSN within five years.
June 25, 2013: Americans throw away $4 billion to $5 billion usable drugs even though one in three are uninsured and have difficulty paying for them. Sirum, an RWJF-funded organization operating in California, collects unused medications and matches up the drugs with clinics that need them, which not only provides medication to those in need but also reduces pharmaceutical waste.
June 24, 2013: Step One to acheiving massive social impact is adopting a new model. Sanjeev Arora, MD, created Project ECHO, a model of medical education and care delivery that allows academic medical centers to share specialized knowledge with local clinicians, bringing evidence-based medicine to everyday medical practice and expanding existing capacity to treat chronic conditions.
June 24, 2013: Project ECHO takes expertise from the academic medical center and puts it in the hands of the primary care providers in the field, allowing them to have 10 times the impact they would if they merely practiced in their clinic. In order for this model to be replicated, specialists must be willing to share their knowledge base with primary care practitioners.
June 23, 2013: "We have to make a decision: Will we invest in our youth so they can build and strengthen our communities, or will we allow them to become further disconnected from communities that already lack needed education and employment opportunities?" Writing in the Detroit Free Press, Maisha Simmons, program officer, RWJF Vulnerable Populations team, and Tonya Allen, CEO at the Skillman Foundation, laud efforts to transform the futures of young men of color.
June 20, 2013: A Crittenton Children’s Center program helps students in Kansas City work through crises so they can focus on learning. The RWJF-funded initiative will expand the Head Start-Trauma Smart program in classrooms across Missouri to work with family members and teachers on the effects of trauma experienced by students, such as homelessness, abuse, and the death of a parent.
June 20, 2013: PatientsLikeMe launched an open-participation research platform in February with the help of a $1.9 million grant from RWJF. By providing open access to patient-reported health outcome measures and focusing on what is meaningful to patients, this initiative has the potential to accelerate discovery, advance medicine, and improve health.
June 19, 2013: New Jersey’s 114,000 actively licensed nurses, just 8 percent under the age of 30, won’t be enough to meet demands. The New Jersey Nursing Initiative, a collaboration of RWJF and the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation, is addressing the issue with a scholarship program aimed at recruiting and retaining faculty to educate the next generation of nurses.
June 19, 2013: Thanks to research, we now know that toxic stress in childhood contributes to behavioral and health issues in later life. Writing in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Institute for Safe Families Executive Director Martha Davis and Kristin B. Schubert, RWJF Vulnerable Populations team director, say "spreading that knowledge is the first step toward improving health and saving lives."
June 18, 2013: Come October 1, when uninsured Americans will be required to obtain coverage under the Affordable Care Act, will the states be ready? RWJF-supported research suggests two of three states that are not running their own health insurance exchanges on their own—Michigan and Virginia—will be ready. For a third state studied—Alabama—the outlook is fuzzier. A second study shows that competition among insurers in several states "has heated up."Read more
June 17, 2013: Hospitals are under pressure to make prices publicly available and the federal government is collecting/analyzing quality measures for providers. RWJF is seeking innovative uses of health care data with a $120,000 competition among technology developers to improve consumer understanding and use of data that compare hospital prices.Read the Time Magazine's Swampland blog
June 16, 2013: New Jersey needs to boost nurse training to keep up with projected health care needs—a shortfall of at least 40,000 nurses is expected by 2020. The New Jersey Nursing Initiative, launched in 2009 by RWJF and the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation, provides scholarships to help nurses earn advanced degrees.
June 16, 2013: Teachers find that students return to their desks refreshed and ready to learn after recess. Play is an opportunity to model the skills of empathy, teamwork, leadership and inclusion, says Jill Vialet, the founder of Playworks, an RWJF-funded program that brings full-time coaches to low-income schools.Read the San Francisco Chronicle post
June 16, 2013: Foundations are more transparent in an effort to avoid making similar mistakes and wasting money. David Colby, RWJF vice president for Research and Evaluation, says that the Foundation has in recent years been undertaking major outside evaluations to put attention on what’s working and what’s not—"If a failure isn’t a learning opportunity, it is a complete waste of resources."
June 13, 2013: Medicaid insurance is being extended to millions who lack coverage, but difficulties they experience due to our health care system are not being addressed. Roberta Capp, RWJF Clinical Scholar, says some Medicaid patients who do everything they can to see a doctor, to no avail, resort to emergency department visits and undergo the same medical tests multiple times.Read The Washington Post's Opinions blog
June 11, 2013: New analysis represents the first county-level assessment of how the well-being of children is affected by health and environmental factors. The US News Rankings team consulted with experts studying community health and relied on the County Health Rankings, a collaboration between the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and RWJF, in their analysis and reporting.Read the U.S. News story
June 11, 2013: The Affordable Care Act (ACA) will unlock opportunities for individuals purchasing private plans, and according to a recent report from RWJF, 1.5 million additional people will become self-employed who would not have otherwise done so. Access to high-quality, subsidized health insurance coverage will no longer be exclusively tied to employment.
June 4, 2013: The RWJF-funded Future of Nursing Scholars program will support up to 100 doctorate nursing candidates during its first two years. RWJF cannot achieve its mission to improve health and health care without a robust, well-educated nursing workforce and more highly educated nurse leaders, says John Lumpkin, MD, senior vice president and director, Health Care Group.
May 31, 2013: The number of self-employed people is expected to rise by 1.5 million despite insurance-related job lock. According to a new report by RWJF, the Urban Institute, and Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute, under the Affordable Care Act, access to high-quality, subsidized health insurance coverage will no longer be exclusively tied to employment.
May 30, 2013: The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF), made up of top food and beverage companies, announced that they reached their goal of taking 1.5 trillion calories out of the marketplace by making changes to product formulas and sizes. An evaluation by RWJF is expected this fall to report on HWCF’s continued progress.
May 28, 2013: Consumers may make better choices if restaurant-type establishments are required to post calorie content of the foods on their menus. A recent RWJF-funded study found that adults, teens and children underestimate calorie content by means of 175, 259 and 175 calories, respectively.
May 24, 2013: Medical students now have free access to high-quality online materials to help them prepare for the revised MCAT exam in 2015. As part of this new AAMC collaboration with the Khan Academy and RWJF, these organizations are sponsoring a competition to encourage medical students and residents to create tutorials explaining concents that draw from their own experiences.
May 24, 2013: Federal guidelines recommend that children and teenagers get at least one hour of daily physical activity but few do. According to an RWJF-supported study, 44 percent of school administrators said they cut significant time from gym and recess to focus on reading and mathematics.
May 23, 2013: VideoLink launched its newest on-site ReadyCam® studio at RWJF, allowing professionals from the Foundation to comment on health and health care topics from the convenience of their headquarters in Princeton, NJ. The camera system is capable of transmitting broadcast quality, HD video over the Internet directly to all news media organizations around the world.
May 23, 2013: Residents of Green House homes enjoy private rooms as well as socializing in cozy shared living spaces while eating food prepared in open kitchens.The RWJF-supported Green House model takes on a unique approach to care that produces better clinical outcomes than traditional nursing homes, such as fewer hospitalizations and falls, and less staff turnover.
May 23, 2013: Diners at fast food restaurants don’t really know what they are eating in terms of calorie content, information they need to make healthier choices. An RWJF-funded study indicates that teens are eating about 259 more calories than they realize and adults are off the calorie mark by about 175.Read the USA Today story
May 22, 2013: Forbes annual snapshot of 100 women with the most impact includes top politicians, CEOs, leaders in philanthropy, etc. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, President and CEO of RWJF—the fourth largest charitable foundation in the United States—is among these change-agents who are transforming the world.
May 22, 2013: New Jersey Nursing Initiative (NJNI) graduates could fill one-third of approximately 30 vacant positions at the state’s nursing schools. NJNI, sponsored by RWJF and the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation, aims to eliminate, or significantly reduce, the state's nurse faculty shortage, a key reason for the predicted nurse shortage in the state.
May 21, 2013: Be sure to thank a nurse this month for being tireless, compassionate, and efficient in the face of daily physical and emotional demands. The New Jersey Nursing Initiative, an RWJF national program, focuses on the nurse faculty shortage projected at more than 23,000 by 2030.Read The Star-Ledger commendary
May 20, 2013: Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are creating a database to help researchers figure out how people are eating in certain communities and then how to address problems in those diets that could lead to obesity or disease. RWJF-funded research will fill gaps in current data about the choices available to consumers and whether they are healthy.
May 17, 2013: The St. Vincent de Paul Society in Eugene, OR is creating sustainable local jobs while supporting community health. One of Lane County’s largest employers, this RWJF-funded organization turns trash into cash through a recycling-and-retail operation that generates $24 million in revenue each year.
May 9, 2013: The merger of UMDNJ and Rutgers will result in one of the finest research universities in the nation. A grant from RWJF will contribute toward combining the finance, human resources and information technology departments of the two schools, as well as the development of Rutgers’ new strategic plan.Read The Star-Ledger article
May 9, 2013: One in 5 elderly patients is readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of discharge. An RWJF-released report found that many readmittions can be avoided and occur because of differences in patient health status and the quality of inpatient care, discharge planning, and care coordination. As of last year, hospitals that do not meet certain guidelines in preventing readmissions are fined.
May 8, 2013: Costs of preventive medical exams vary as much as 700%. New data is showing the differences in costs for 100 medical procedures. A report from RWJF shows significant variation across the country and within communities in what hospitals charge for common inpatient services.
May 8, 2013: Lack of transparency is one of the biggest factors in rising health care costs. In an effort to force health care providers to be more consistent, the federal government published prices charged by thousands of different hospitals. To make the data more usable by consumers, RWJF plans to publish a map based on the data, so people can choose where to be treated.
May 8, 2013: Curbing deficit spending by capping the tax exclusion for employer-sponsored health coverage could save millions, but may dramatically alter the health insurance market. The cap would make a huge difference in deficit reduction, according to an RWJF-funded report released by the Urban Institute. (A free subscription is necessary to view this article.)
May 8, 2013: One quarter of American adults consume fast food two or more times per week, ordering from menus that describe items as being “healthy” and low in fat content. Despite company pledges to increase the nutritional quality of their fast food menu items, an RWJF-supported study revealed only a slight improvement of 3 percent between 1997/98 and 2009/10.
May 6, 2013: A new study shows that 84 percent of advertised foods and beverages on Spanish language television shows are low-nutrient and high-calorie products, although the number dropped for children’s shows in English to 49 percent. This study by the Healthy Eating Research program used an independent food rating system by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
May 6, 2013: Obesity rates among children have tripled in a single decade and by 2040, roughly half the adult population may be obese. A new report by the Campaign to End Obesity shows that "efforts to prevent chronic health problems like obesity provide good value in the short term, but even more value when we look decades down the road," said James S. Marks, MD, RWJF senior vice president.
May 5, 2013: Changes in non-profit-leadership education include teaching coalition-building to solve problems that affect a wide range of people. RWJF formed two pilot programs last year that stress the need for nonprofit executives from different organizations and different types of charities to learn to work together as well as to work with people in other fields, such as business and government.
May 2, 2013: The Oregon Health Insurance Study, appearing in today’s New England Journal of Medicine, illustrates how being insured can help low-income Americans. “Enrollment in Medicaid, after about two years, profoundly increased patients’ use of needed medical services, and vastly reduced the financial strain that previously limited their care,” says RWJF Senior Vice President John Lumpkin.
May 1, 2013: Counties nationwide use data from the County Health Rankings, developed by RWJF and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, to highlight the need for public health initiatives to improve the health of residents. The program shows “there is no singular factor that makes a community healthy or unhealthy,” says Abbey Cofsky, MPH, RWJF senior program officer.
April 29, 2013: Childhood obesity has more than doubled in the past 30 years and a child who is obese has an 80 percent chance of becoming an obese adult. The American Journal of Preventive Medicine and RWJF created an online competition to encourage ideas to combat the childhood obesity epidemic using a crowdsourcing platform for submissions that may lack funding or research backing.
April 29, 2013: North Carolina had the lowest average annual growth in Medicaid spending of any state from 2007 through 2010 thanks to Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC), a private, nonprofit managed care agency. CCNC integrates physical and mental health, instead of coordinating services through locally-owned managed care organizations.
April 25, 2013: The Ashoka Future Forum is bringing together 400 leading social innovators, business entrepreneurs, philanthropists and journalists to exchange transformative ideas in an effort to solve significant problems in a changing world. RWJF will be among the diverse group of changemakers at the event.
April 25, 2013: CO-Ops will be competing with large, established insurers for new exchange business under the health law. These new marketplaces are one of the ACA's key mechanisms for expanding affordable coverage. “It remains to be seen whether CO-OPs can effectively market their policies and services to become self-sustaining,” a recent brief from Health Affairs and RWJF states.
April 25, 2013: Exchanges provide the opportunity for Americans without insurance from their employers to shop around for private insurance, which allows for competition between providers. But in some cases, a dominant carrier can negotiate the best prices with hospitals and then pass along those savings to the insured, in which case consumers don’t necessarily need more than one option.Read the Stateline story
April 24, 2013: THE GREEN HOUSE® Project represents a revolution in long-term care, creating small homes that return control, dignity, and a sense of well-being to elders, while providing high-quality, personalized care. The results of this 10-year-old program are happier, healthier elders. RWJF support is helping to spread The Green House model across the United States.
April 24, 2013: Down from 73% three years ago, only 60% of California firms offered health benefits last year due to escalating premium costs. A new study from RWJF-funded State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC) found that across the nation, health insurance coverage from employer-sponsored insurance diminished substantially over the last decade.
April 20, 2013: This year's honorees were chosen by readers and senior editors of Modern Healthcare and Modern Physician for their leadership in the varied sectors of the industry, whether provider organizations, government agencies, associations, insurers or supplier companies. RWJF President and CEO Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, is among those being honored this year.
April 21, 2013: Children across America consume hundreds of billions of calories of junk food at school every year. Parents in Virginia's Fairfax and Montgomery Counties are demanding healthier snacks in school instead of waiting for updated standards from the Department of Agriculture for foods sold in school vending machines and cafeteria lines.
April 19, 2013: A health care cost containment plan by the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) offers recommendations such as changes to Medicare policy that would cut the federal deficit by about $560 billion over the next decade. With this RWJF-supported initiative, BPC is working to address unsustainable health care cost growth in the United States.
April 19, 2013: Many private corporations have acknowledged America’s incredible agricultural heritage, and fostered cultures that demonstrate an understanding of the connection between the food we eat and our overall health, and not a moment too soon. According to a report from Trust for America's Health and RWJF, more than half of Americans may be obese by 2030.
April 15, 2013: Federal health officials are heading to Capitol Hill for activities such as the National Food Policy Conference, a speech by Senator Mark Pryor, and appearances by Treasury Secretary Jack Lew. Off Capitol Hill, the Kaiser Family Foundation and RWJF will hold a forum Thursday on consumer assistance efforts and how they will matter to the success of the Affordable Care Act.Read The Hill Healthwatch blog
April 12, 2013: In the course of the last decade, 1.6 million people in Michigan stopped getting heath care benefits from their employers, a decline of 69.2 percent. Fewer employers are willing to provide health care benefits because of rising premiums, which also makes it less likely that employees will sign up for coverage if it is offered to them, says authors of a new RWJF-funded report.
April 11, 2013: Employer health coverage declined drastically with 12 million fewer people covered in 2011 than in 2000, according to a study released today by RWJF and the State Health Access Data Assistance Center. The Affordable Care Act is expected to boost coverage in the United States by 27 million people this decade even as employer-sponsored insurance continues to decline.
April 11, 2013: About 11.5 million people who had health insurance through their jobs no longer do, a trend that researchers attribute to rising unemployment rates and high health care costs. According to an RWJF-funded study by the State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC), the average annual premium for individuals with work-based coverage doubled in the last decade.
April 11, 2013: The number of private-sector companies in California offering health benefits fell over the last decade, to 52 percent in 2011 from 57 percent in 2000. People will have new options for insurance coverage in January under the federal healthcare law, with federal premium subsidies for some consumers buying private coverage and Medicaid expansion in some states.
April 11, 2013: If states do not support the Medicaid expansion and take advantage of new private market options, millions of Americans will be left without affordable health insurance coverage and inequities that federal health reform was intended to eliminate will remain. If every state expanded, an additional 21 million Americans could be covered through the Medicaid program.
April 11, 2013: Some employers would rather drop health insurance and pay a $2,000 fine than pay $15,000 per employee to buy it. A state-by-state analysis by RWJF-funded State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC) found that employer-sponsored coverage dropped from 69% to 60% between 1999 and 2010.
April 11, 2013: In 2011, workers paid more than two and a half times more for an individual insurance policy than they paid a decade earlier, and the trend is likely to continue. In January, every state will have an online marketplace providing consumers and employers with a place to shop for insurance coverage.
April 11, 2013: President Obama wants to raise the federal levy on cigarettes from $1.01 a pack to $1.95, and use the proceeds to expand early childhood education, possibly sparing a half-million young people from death. An RWJF-funded study published in 2010 by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids concluded that 67% of American voters favored a $1 increase in their state’s cigarette tax.
April 10, 2013: It’s been four years since RWJF’s Commission to Build a Healthier America issued recommendations on improving population health, but the group is reconvening with a focus on early childhood and healthy communities. Mark McClellan, MD, PhD, and Alice Rivlin, PhD, are returning as Commission co-chairs.
April 10, 2013: Grantmakers heard from a host of stakeholders about disaster planning, best practices, rebuilding and recovery during the Education Relief and Recovery Conference Call Series which began one week after Hurricane Sandy struck. In February, more than 50 philanthropic leaders, including RWJF President and CEO Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, visited the disaster-affected communities.
April 8, 2013: Forty percent of those 85 and older have Alzheimer’s or related diseases. As baby boomers age, the number of dementia cases will increase along with the health care spending they entail. The Green House Project, co-funded by RWJF and NCB Capital Impact, provides certified nursing assistants and allows for less administrative costs by keeping residents ambulatory.
April 4, 2013: Poverty can disrupt the development of the circuits of the brain, making it difficult for children to learn to control impulses, to plan, to monitor, to solve problems, and to follow directions. Children who grow up poor are more likely to suffer from diabetes and obesity. Early education programs that provide stucture are beneficial in countering the effects of the stress of poverty.Read the WGBH News article
April 3, 2013: The Affordable Care Act expands Medicaid eligibility to people with incomes at or below 138 percent of the federal poverty line. States that participate in the Medicaid expansion have an opportunity to significantly decrease financial burdens for a high-need segment of their population, according to a study by RWJF and the Urban Institute.
March 29, 2013: Later this year, the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation will report on its 2010 pledge to remove one trillion calories from the products they sell in U.S. stores and vending machines. "This is the largest and first industry initiatve of this type in the country" says C. Tracy Orleans, PhD, RWJF senior scientist. Counting total calories sold marks a major advance in tracking eating habits.
March 27, 2013: As many as 6 million Americans may miss out on Medicaid as a result of states’ decisions not to participate in the Medicaid expansion. According to a new study from RWJF and the Urban Institute, poor, uninsured veterans who would have qualified for Medicaid under the expansion will not be able to access it. Only 25 states and the District of Columbia have said yes so far.
March 22, 2013: Rebecca Onie, RWJF Young Leader Award winner, is cofounder and CEO of Health Leads, an RWJF-funded program that envisions a health care system that addresses all patients’ basic needs as a standard of quality care. This program focuses on the root causes of health problems, because doing so will result in lower-cost health care, said RWJF Chief of Staff Robin Mockenhaupt.
March 22, 2013: County health departments use data from the County Health Rankings to shape health improvement plans, resulting in successes such as higher rates of diabetic screening and smoking cessation. The County Health Rankings, published by RWJF and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, make it clear that health results from many sources beyond clinical care.
March 20, 2013: State's healthiest counties tends to be in a suburban areas with higher-income residents, while the least healthy counties have higher concentrations of poor residents with poor eating and exercise habits, according to the County Health Rankings published by RWJF and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.
March 20, 2013: Major differences in health exist between state counties close to one another and even some that share borders. The County Health Rankings and Roadmaps, an RWJF-funded study and website created by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute uses 30 indicators such as obesity rates and income to rank counties within each state from healthiest to least healthy.
March 20, 2013: How healthy you are is strongly linked to where you live in Berks County, Pa., or any other county, according to the County Health Rankings funded by RWJF. "It turns out that social and economic factors are the most powerful (health) predictors," said James S. Marks, MD, RWJF senior vice president. "Where and how people live, learn, work and play greatly affects their health."
March 20, 2013: Researchers suggest thinking beyond obvious measures and looking at the connection between socioeconomic factors and health, according to the 2013 County Health Rankings published by RWJF and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. The recently released winners of the 2013 Roadmaps to Health Prize have taken the rankings and turned them into action.Read the Governing article
March 19, 2013: The tobacco industry spends an average of $23 million a day marketing its products and in contrast, state funding for anti-smoking efforts has declined. RWJF spent just under $80 million to support anti-smoking efforts in 1999 and donated $10 million in 2009. Like other foundations that more recenlty are focusing on alternate issues, RWJF shifted its focus to combating obesity.
March 15, 2013: Children with a positive home environment and high ability to stay focus and think abstractly are more likely to have good heart health as adults. This is part of a larger conversation about how positive factors can help people live a longer, happier life. RWJF-funded research is showing that there is an integral relationship between our health and how we live, learn, work and play.
March 14, 2013: Our nation's young people are predicted to have a lower life expectancy than most grownups today. In 2007, RWJF committed $500 million to reversing childhood obesity by 2015. Since then, rates are declining in Philadelphia, New York City, Mississippi, and California. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, president and CEO of RWJF wants to keep the momentum going.
March 14, 2013: Six U.S. communities won the Roadmaps to Health Prize, a new initiative from RWJF which funds public health programs. All of the winners placed an emphasis on youth engagement—an aspect underscored by RWJF President and CEO Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD. In many cases, "tapping into our sense as a nation that we want the next generation to be healthier than we are," she says.
March 14, 2013: One in five elderly patients winds up back in the hospital within 30 days of leaving. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, president and CEO of RWJF, says that in an effort to pinpoint the human factors behind these numbers, the Foundation commissioned a report as part of the Care About Your Care initiative, devoted to improving the transition from hospital to home.Read the Health Affairs blog
March 13, 2013: New Orleans is one of six winners of the inaugural RWJF Roadmaps to Health Prize. The prize honors outstanding community partnerships, which are helping people live healthier lives. Fit NOLA, a Health Department-led, multi-faceted partnership, is working toward the goal of making New Orleans one of the 10 fittest U.S. cities by 2018—the city’s 300th anniversary.
March 12, 2013:
The Bloomberg administration plans to appeal the decision against the large, sugary drinks ban, a victory for soda companies and the organizations they funnel millions of dollars to for non-profit and education programs serving Blacks and Hispanics. Anti-obesity advocates remain in favor of soda taxes, as research by RWJF shows that higher prices can drive people to eat fewer unhealthy foods.
March 10, 2013: Although life expectancy is increasing, research shows that gains are going mostly to higher-income people. According to the County Health Rankings, published by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and RWJF, specific factors shape health outcomes, such as behavior; clinical care; social and economic factors; and the physical environment.
March 8, 2013: A new report produced by the committee for the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition says that schools are the best place to get kids moving. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, chair of the committee and president and CEO of RWJF, says, "The evidence shows that being physically active can help kids get and stay fit and perform better at their schoolwork."Read the USA Today article
March 7, 2013: One in three U.S. youth are obese and another third are overweight. "We're seeing pockets of progress toward reversing the childhood obesity epidemic," said Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, president and CEO of RWJF. "For progress to reach every corner of our country, we must redouble our efforts: parents, schools, nonprofit organizations, government at all levels, and the private sector."Read the Reuters article
March 7, 2013: From 3:00 p.m. to bedtime, 60 percent of children are given foods and drinks that can lead to unhealthy weight gain. Also revealed by a new poll by NPR, RWJF, and the Harvard School of Public Health are counter-intuitive rules by parents that are backfiring, such as limiting certain foods or drinks at the table that may encourage children's preferences for sweeter foods or larger portions.Read the Huffington Post blog
March 5, 2013: Little consensus exists over strategies to deal with the fiscal crises facing Social Security and Medicare. A poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation, RWJF and the Harvard School of Public Health found strong oppositions to reductions in benefits and strong support for taxing people who make more than $400,000 a year.Read The New York Times commentary
March 5, 2013: More specialties are joining the Choosing Wisely cause to reduce wasteful medical spending. According to Susan Mende, senior program officer at RWJF, the campaign "provides a platform for providers and patients to have conversations about avoiding unnecessary care and changing the paradigm for more care is always better care to the right care is better care."Read the U.S.News & World Report article
March 5, 2013: Health impact assessments look at direct relationships between the built environment and health to alleviate environmental conditions in housing projects that contribute to illness such as heart disease and obesity. The need to identify and mitigate these negative influences prompted the development of the Health Impact Project, a collaboration of RWJF and the Pew Charitable Trusts.Read The New York Times article
March 5, 2013: Although little progress has been made in reducing hospital readmissions for the elderly, care transitions are improved when patients, their families, nurses and communities work together and share best practices. Agreement was reached by participants of Care About Your Care, a month-long initiative focused on reducing avoidable readmissions, that hospitals can't do it alone.
March 4, 2013: PatientsLikeMe, an open-source health network, not only allows patients with similar conditions to connect, but also provides data to researchers. This new RWJF-funded platform may play a role in future scientific research and patient care by providing a venue for the development of health outcome measurement.
March 4, 2013: Due to optimism bias, we have a tendency to underestimate the likelihood that we will experience anything negative in our lives, including obesity. It turns out that adults have the same false sense of security about their children becoming obese, mainly because of two areas in the brain where the bias exists.
March 4, 2013: The Choosing Wisely Campaign is helping physicians and patients make smart decisions about their care, indicating medical interventions that should be questioned or avoided. These include routine tests for low-risk, asymptomatic patients, espeically when they do not improve patient care or outcomes.
March 4, 2013: According to a poll from NPR, RWJF and the Harvard School of Public Health, children in 25 percent of families are told to eat everything on their plate. Unfortunately, this can backfire, eliciting negative responses from those who question whether there is something wrong with eating vegetables since they aren't rewarded with dessert unless they eat them first.Read the NPR story
March 1, 2013: Putting their attachment to fat-laden, tranditional dishes on the back burner, parents rally for their children to eat healthier. According to a study by the Kids Safe and Healthy Food Project, a joint project by the Pew Charitable Trusts and RWJF, parents support strong guidelines for food sold in school cafeterias.
March 1, 2013: Sleep deprivation causes our bodies to store more fat, setting the stage for problems including weight gain and Type 2 diabetes. A poll by NPR, RWJF and the Harvard School of Public Health examines challenges in helping children achieve or maintain a healthy weight.Read the NPR story
March 1, 2013: PatientsLikeMe is a social media platform designed for patients to connect while they learn about their medical condition and track progress in treatment. The aim of this new, RWJF-funded initiative is to make health care better through sharing, support, and research, by capturing data that otherwise would be undocumented.Read the Forbes article
February 26, 2013: A $1.9 million grant from RWJF will be used to build an open science platform to help patients measure the progression of their own diseases. "By building a bridge to formalize that data and share it with scientists who can act on it, PatientsLikeMe’s new platform could prove to be the most legitimately useful social app yet built," says WIRED magazine.Read the WIRED opinion piece
February 21, 2013: More isn't necessarily better when it comes to health care, according to the Choosing Wisely campaign launched by Consumer Reports and the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation. "Reducing the overuse of health care resources is a critical part of improving quality of health care in America," said Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, president and CEO of RWJF.
February 18, 2013: Doctors and nurses describe senior patients as non-compliant and anxious to leave while elders view hospitalization as overwhelming, often unable to understand complicated instructions. A new report by RWJF looks at the revolving door syndrome from two perspectives.
February 10, 2013: Avoidable rehospitalizations cost more than $17 billion a year as nearly 1 in 5 Medicare patients ends up back in the hospital within a month of discharge. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, president and CEO of RWJF, says "everyone must understand their role in improving the quality of care, including families," the premise of Care About Your Care, a coordinated effort let by the Foundation.
February 7, 2013: An RWJF-funded study by the Hudson Institute reports that food chains increased lower-calorie food and beverage servings to 472 billion, which generated a 5.5 percent increase in same-store sales. This effort, and the federal government's mandate for nutrition labeling, are examples of many public and private efforts to bring the nation's obesity epidemic under control.
February 4, 2013: Tom Kean ends his eight-year tenure as chairman of the RWJF Board of Trustees, and more than two decades of service as a board member. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, the Foundation's president and CEO, says "he has been an enormous leader who has really taught us how to use this very core principle of his, inclusion, to enhance the impact of our work."
February 1, 2013: The U.S. Department of Agriculture proposed new rules covering some 50 million children that are part of the school lunch program, including a calorie limit on items sold in vending machines. "The proposed nutrition standards, the first update in more than 30 years, are long overdue and badly needed," says Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
January 29, 2013: Private sector partners are joining the movement to make school food healthier, and although childhood obesity rates are dropping in some cities, James Marks, senior vice president and director of the Health Group at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, says that encouraging signs should be treated with cautious optimism.
January 29, 2013: Nurse researchers reported an increase in hospital programs aimed at engaging staff RNs in quality improvement activities, but found little difference in participation levels of more recently licensed RNs, according to an RN Work Project study funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
January 28, 2013: Sara Horowitz created the Freelancers Insurance Company, which provides health coverage for almost 25,000 New Yorkers, by finding ways to protect and organize in the same way classic trade unions do. Her future vision is a new form of unemployment insurance for the contractor class, says Slate magazine.
January 25, 2013: Nearly 60 percent of Americans are against reductions in Medicare spending, and 46 percent are against cuts in Medicaid, according to a new poll released by the Kaiser Family Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Harvard School of Public Health.
January 18, 2013: Children enrolled in New York State's Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) showed a drop in obesity rates as a result of new initiatives in the program that promote healthier lifestyles and food choices, a new study funded by RWJF and the New York State Health Foundation finds.Read the Your News Now article
January 15, 2013: A new report finds the United States lagging behind similar nations in life expectancy and other key indicators of the health of the population. RWJF Senior Vice President James Marks calls the report "a damning indictment of how we've done" in promoting a culture of health.Read the U.S. News article
January 14, 2013: Pillars of the nursing community are recognized, including Susan Hassmiller of RWJF for The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, a collaborative effort created by RWJF and the AARP, which she says "strives to increase access to high-quality, patient-centered care in the health care system where nurses contribute as essential partners in achieving success."
January 8, 2013: The RWJF-funded New Jersey Nursing Initiative (NJNI), designed to prevent a potential shortage of nurses, is not only supporting individual scholars but working on strategies around the state's aging nursing population. In a guest column in the Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J., RWJF Vice President John R. Lumpkin and Susan Bakewell-Sachs, program director of the NJNI, say, "Filling the nurse faculty pipeline will help turn the tide and avert a crisis."
January 7, 2013: The RWJF grant will support projects to rehabilitate a two-mile walking trail and create a new entrance for the Urban Farm Greenhouse. In gratitude, the Star-Ledger of Newark reports, the Branch Brook Park Alliance dedicated a park bench to former New Jersey Governor and RWJF Board of Trustees Chairman Thomas Kean.
January 6, 2013: RWJF President and CEO Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, has a talent for blending in with the crowd, says the Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J., in a recent profile. But make no mistake: She is a "high-powered CEO with a soft touch, a leader known for her handwritten notes and quiet strength."Read The Star-Ledger profile
January 3, 2013: Research suggests that people are less likely to offer help in an emergency when others are present. A similar phenomenon may be at work in cases where patients have many doctors, as one assumes the other is responsible. That's according to a study by RWJF Clinical Scholar Jason Lott, MD, and Robert R. Stavert, MD.
January 3, 2013: Among the most prominent: Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. A sign that Lavizzo-Mourey wants to step up her foundation’s influence in Washington: The grant maker just appointed its first vice president for public policy.
January 1, 2013: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation commissioned a professional evaluation of Playworks, a Foundation grantee. Peter Goldmark, in a weekly column in Newsday of Long Island, notes that the findings are impressive. Schools in which Playworks is implemented report improved student behavior, better conflict resolution skills, less aggression, and enhanced academic performance.Read the Newsday column
December 30, 2012: Kids need to get out and play, but grade schools are dropping the ball. Scientific evidence strongly supports the case for recess, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, but schools are eliminating structured play time. Recess, the docs say, boosts intellectual and physical performance, and they urge schools to restore play breaks.
December 29, 2012: We’ve known for a while that a lack of funding for New Jersey’s tobacco prevention program hurt its effectiveness. Now, it has hit a new low on a national stage.Read The Star-Ledger opinion piece
December 21, 2012: Today, consumers must take an active role in their own health care and choose providers and hospitals who consistently deliver high-quality and high-value care. It's critical if we want to rein in spiraling costs and enhance care, and if we want to achieve effective, life-long management of chronic conditions.Read the Huffington Post commentary
December 20, 2012: Two top Nevada public safety officials said Wednesday that they think the state is better prepared to respond to disasters, diseases, bioterrorism and extreme weather than the ranking it got in a national survey.Read the Las Vegas Review Journal article
December 19, 2012: The nation's ability to respond to a wide range of deadly emergencies, from salmonella-tainted melons to weather events like Superstorm Sandy to bioterrorism, is losing ground after years of progress, says a report out Wednesday.Read the USA Today article
November 26, 2012: As it marks 40 years of attending to the public’s health, the country’s largest philanthropic foundation is credited for its role in the creation of the nation’s 911 emergency system; the dramatic decrease in unwanted teenage pregnancies; and evolving perceptions of hospice care.Read the Trenton Times editorial
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