Penny M. Bolla

Web Editor, Research and Evaluation

Penny Bolla manages research, evaluation and learning content for the RWJF Research & Publications website. As Bolla notes: “The Foundation has the ability to change the world of health and health care—the Research & Publications area enables us to share key findings from many of our major research projects and initiatives.” Bolla also project manages the Foundation’s Culture of Health Metrics initiative that is creating a set of national measures to advance a national culture of health movement. She is responsible for tracking and reporting the Foundation’s team performance indicators in the Scorecard, an annual assessment of RWJF organizational performance that is drawn from surveys of grantees, staff and key stakeholders, and which is presented to staff, management and trustees.

Having joined the Foundation in 2000, Bolla also has served as a grants administrator and administrative program assistant. Previously, she was a project/technical coordinator in the Health Research and Educational Trust’s (HRET) research unit, based at the New Jersey Hospital Association. In that position she monitored grant-based programs, and prepared communications/marketing materials and guidelines for HRET’s various grant initiatives, including a few RWJF-funded research projects such as: Covering Kids, Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions, and Medical and Social Management of Care for Victims of Domestic Violence in New Jersey.

While at HRET, Bolla was involved in a major quality improvement initiative (supported by Johnson & Johnson) that worked with New Jersey hospitals to develop and implement continuous quality improvement programs. She has worked on a number of projects to streamline the Foundation’s grant application process and to improve its customer database. Bolla received her Greenbelt Certification in Six Sigma, a program that stresses sustained organizational quality improvement, and was the recipient of the New Jersey Hospital Association Hall of Fame Award for Long-Standing Superior Performance. She is currently enrolled in a degree program in business management.

Bolla resides in Robbinsville, N.J. She enjoys exercising, yoga, decorating, reading, and spending time with her husband, Dennis, who retired from Mobil Oil Corporation and the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security. They have two adult children.

Edith M. Bolla