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Big Ideas for the Future of Health and Health Care

The leading thinkers and visionaries in our What's Next Health series are helping us explore big ideas and new areas that are likely to be important to health and health care moving forward. Each month, What’s Next Health talks with these thought leaders to inspire us all to think big about the future of health and health care.

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RWJF Culture of Health Prize

Congratulations to the six 2014 prize winners who are working at the forefront of health improvement!

Congratulations to the six 2014 prize winners who are working at the forefront of health improvement!

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The RWJF Culture of Health Prize honors communities making great strides toward better health. Is your community working together to build a Culture of Health?

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These communities are inspiring examples of what is possible when all sectors work together so that every resident has the opportunity to live a long and healthy life.

The Burden of Stress

We all have stress, but for many, it can be debilitating—and the most common cause is poor health. What's more, stress can affect our overall well-being. A recent Forum at Harvard School of Public Health, presented in collaboration with RWJF and NPR, explored the issue in depth.

We all have stress, but for many, it can be debilitating—and the most common cause is poor health. What's more, stress can affect our overall well-being. A recent Forum at Harvard School of Public Health, presented in collaboration with RWJF and NPR, explored the issue in depth.

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If we are going to build a Culture of Health in America, one big step we can take is recognizing the causes and effects not just of our own stress and the stress of those closest to us, but of others we encounter in our day-to-day lives.

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, RWJF president and CEO

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    To Prevent Most Debilitating Symptoms of a Severe Mental Health Disorder, Start Early

    When at-risk young people exhibit early signs of mental illness, a package of pre-emptive services, including early identification, strong family involvement, and continuing support, can prevent them from converting to full-blown psychotic behavior, according to an RWJF-supported study.

    Learn how this approach helps patients succeed at school and work
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    $1 Million RWJF Grant Boosts WNYC Newsroom's Health Unit

    With this grant, along with support from other foundations and major donors, WNYC will create a team of reporters, producers, editors and other media specialists with skills to create health content across multiple platforms, locally and nationally.

    Learn more about WNYC's health reporting initiative

    Visit six communities that are on a journey to building a Culture of Health: Brownsville, Texas; Buncombe County, N.C.; Durham, N.C.; Spokane, Washington; Taos Pueblo, N.M.; and Williamson, W.Va.

    Visit six communities that are on a journey to building a Culture of Health: Brownsville, Texas; Buncombe County, N.C.; Durham, N.C.; Spokane, Washington; Taos Pueblo, N.M.; and Williamson, W.Va.

    Visit six communities that are on a journey to building a Culture of Health: Brownsville, Texas; Buncombe County, N.C.; Durham, N.C.; Spokane, Washington; Taos Pueblo, N.M.; and Williamson, W.Va.

    Building a Culture of Health

    What does this idea mean to you? At RWJF, it means working with all Americans to transform what it means to be a healthy nation, finding places where the seeds of a Culture of Health are being planted, and joining forces to build small victories. In her annual message, RWJF President & CEO Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, reflects on making health a national priority.

    Read the annual message