At the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, our mission is to improve health and health care for all Americans. But improving health among the most vulnerable requires acknowledging that factors such as poverty, violence, inadequate housing, and education contribute to poor health. If your family is not well off, if your schools do not allow you to be well educated, or if your community lacks resources, chances are you will not be well. You will simply live a shorter and sicker life than those more fortunate.
In his own philanthropy, Robert Wood Johnson understood the critical connections between health and social circumstances. So it is only natural that the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has looked beyond the medical system for effective ways to improve the health of all Americans. This orientation was at the core of our founder's original vision and personal investments, and continues as a fundamental focus of our work and mission today.