Andrea Daitz, MA, focuses on the Foundation’s work to launch the next generation of programs investing in health-focused leaders from many diverse sectors that influence a Culture of Health nationwide. She’s developing, implementing, and monitoring numerous investments critical to help solve the nation’s challenges in health care delivery and health outcomes, specifically strengthening the capacity and diversity of the workforce at all levels.
Daitz brings her expertise in program development and communications to the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program, a free, six-week academic enrichment program for undergraduate college students from underrepresented minority groups, rural areas, and economically disadvantaged backgrounds who are interested in pursuing health professions careers. Daitz is also co-leading the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Human Capital Network, creating connections between and among participants of RWJF Scholars, Fellows and leadership programs to support their work improving health and health care in the United States. In addition, she works on projects addressing current and future workforce needs in primary care, oral health and public health nursing. Daitz also worked on Jobs to Careers: Promoting Work-Based Learning for Quality Care which supported a variety of projects to develop the skills of workers who deliver direct health care and services. In all her work, she relishes “the opportunity to partner with grantees and work on programs that affect people’s lives for the better.”
Before focusing on human capital, Daitz was a member of the Foundation’s Communications department, where she fielded media inquiries, coordinated executive speaking engagements, drafted RWJF news releases, and counseled grantees on their outreach efforts.
Prior to joining the Foundation in February 2003, Daitz managed community relations and administered special projects and programs for the dean’s office of UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Previously, she worked on the communications staff in the New Jersey State General Assembly, in what she describes as an “invaluable learning experience in public policy and dealing with a host of different audiences and constituencies.” She also has served in a variety of health care marketing, communications and public relations positions.
Daitz received an MA in human services administration from Rider University and a BA in communications and marketing from Temple University. She is a member of the 2006 class of Leadership New Jersey.
Born in New Jersey, Daitz resides in Robbinsville, N.J. As a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mercer County for more than a decade, positive youth development is an essential part of her personal and professional life. She was the 2007 recipient of the agency’s Big Sister of the Year Award. And, as an added bonus of being a Big Sister, her teen pop culture knowledge, UNO card game and bowling abilities have significantly improved.