Eighteen Communities Embark on Road to Better Health

New grants target local health factors such as education, community safety.

    • December 13, 2012

Princeton, N.J. and Madison, Wisc.—The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has awarded $3.6 million in Roadmaps to Health Community Grants of up to $200,000 each to 18 coalitions across the United States to create healthier places to live, learn, work, and play. The Roadmaps to Health grants are part of the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program, a collaboration of RWJF and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI).

In their second year, the Community Grants now support a total of 30 state and local coalitions made up of leaders from government, business, education, health care, public health, and community organizations. The 18 new grantees will be funded for two years as they create policy and systems changes that address the factors we know are connected to health. A number will focus on improving educational opportunity and attainment, which research has shown can lead to better health. Among the projects are:

  • An initiative in Salt Lake City, Utah, that will create a comprehensive early learning system for children from birth to five years old, and advocate for statewide adoption of early education standards and school readiness programs.
  • A project in Manchester, New Hampshire, to expand the focus of three public schools from educating students to hosting other organizations that will provide a range of social supports to children and families in those communities.
  • Efforts in Colorado Springs, Colorado, that will establish a coordinated system of care for service members, veterans, and their families.
  • A grantee in New York City that will strengthen a campaign to enact a city ordinance that mandates employers provide a minimum number of sick days to employees.

The grants will be managed by Community Catalyst, a national consumer health advocacy organization.

In addition to the Community Grants, the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program includes other efforts to mobilize local communities, national partners, and leaders, including: the County Health Rankings, an annual check-up that highlights the healthiest and least healthy counties in every state, and those factors that influence health outside of the doctor’s office; a prize competition to recognize communities taking action that leads to better health; and tools and resources to help groups working to improve the health of their communities.

Media Contact:
Christine Clayton | Robert Wood Johnson Foundation | media@rwjf.org | (609) 627-5937

 

About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing our country. As the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, measurable, and timely change. For 40 years the Foundation has brought experience, commitment, and a rigorous, balanced approach to the problems that affect the health and health care of those it serves. When it comes to helping Americans lead healthier lives and get the care they need, the Foundation expects to make a difference in your lifetime. Follow the Foundation on Twitter (www.rwjf.org/twitter) or Facebook (www.rwjf.org/facebook).

About the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute
The University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute is the focal point within the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health for translating public health and health policy research into practice. The Institute strives to:

  • Address a broad range of real-world problems of topical importance to government, business, providers and the public;
  • Promote partnerships of inquiry between researchers and users of research, breaking down barriers between the academic community and public and private sector policy makers; and
  • Make useful contributions to public health and health policy decisions that improve the health of the public.

For more information, visit http://uwphi.pophealth.wisc.edu.

About Community Catalyst
Community Catalyst is a national non-profit consumer advocacy organization dedicated to quality affordable health care for all. Community Catalyst works in partnership with national, state and local organizations, policymakers, and foundations, providing leadership and support to improve the health of communities and to improve the health care system so it serves everyone. For more information, visit www.communitycatalyst.org. Read or comment on our blog at http://blog.communitycatalyst.org. Follow us on Twitter (@healthpolicyhub).