Jasmine Hall Ratliff, program officer, who joined the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in 2008, brings her programmatic and grant management expertise to the Foundation’s efforts to create healthy places and practices that will result in achieving a healthy weight for all children. She sees her work at RWJF as “helping to create healthier communities where children have access to affordable, healthy foods and physical activity.” Ratliff focuses her efforts on managing projects that create access to healthier foods in underserved communities, leading the team’s New Jersey-focused work, and exploring the use of program related investments to create healthier environments. Previously, Ratliff worked with the Missouri Foundation for Health where she directed the Women’s Health grant program and the development of the Smiles Across Greater Missouri Oral Health program. She was also a member of the Foundation’s Healthy and Active Communities initiative team and contributed to its 2008–2010 strategic plan.
Her prior work included research at the Saint Louis University School of Public Health, and an internship at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota where she developed a business plan for integrating an off-site acute care facility into the main medical campus.
Ratliff earned a master of health administration from the Saint Louis University School of Public Health and a BA from the University of Virginia. She is chair of the Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy Board of Advisors and a member of the Association of Black Foundation Executives. She has presented at the Southeastern Council on Foundations, Grantmakers in Health, and other various health and philanthropy summits across the nation. She has also written for blogs, newsletters and has been published in the Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved.
Born in Virginia, Ratliff now resides in Lawrenceville, N.J., with her husband, young daughter, and cat. In her leisure time, she enjoys time with her family, reads historical fiction, and goes to the movies and the beach.