RWJF in the News

The Green House Effect: Homes for the Elderly to Thrive

12/15/2014 | New York Times Well Blog

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which has provided grants for the project, has called the Green House concept a model that can be “a catalyst for significant social change” in how frail older adults are cared for in this country. Although Green House homes may not be the only way to go, they are demonstrating the undeniable value of starting from scratch to create a new, less-institutional approach that enhances care.

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A Radical Health Transformation: Creating a New Culture of Health in America

12/03/2014 | The Charleston Chronicle

Beyond going to the doctor or affordable health insurance, imagine health as a blanket that covers every aspect of your life. Add to that your neighbors’ well being and preschool for their kids; a nearby grocery with affordable whole, healthy food; full voter participation and a level playing field for employment opportunities. Imagine a safe, evergreen park near your house, and corporations that care as much about people as profits. What idyllic utopia is this? Ask Alonzo Plough, chief science officer at the nation’s largest philanthropy dedicated to health and health care. He responds that all those conditions are evidence of a Culture of Health.

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The List: Top Private Donations Made Toward NJ's Hurricane Sandy Recovery

11/24/2014 | NJ SPOTLIGHT

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, New Jersey's largest private foundation, has donated $7 million to help the state recover and rebuild. Some of that money was distributed to food banks and the Red Cross, and $1.5 million went to repair damaged youth organizations around the state. Funding also went to various groups working to address the long-term mental-health impacts of the storm on Sandy survivors. (Full disclosure: RWJF is a funder of NJ Spotlight’s health coverage.)

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Opinion: A Culture of Health, Best When Locally Grown

11/21/2014 |

At a Culture of Health forum convened by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently in Jersey City, a New Jersey City University student stood up and asked the assembled leaders how they could tackle access to fresh food in the city. Months from graduation, community health major Dinah Carter explained a fascinating project she and other students worked on using geo-mapping to highlight problems with food access in Jersey City.

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Will Radio Save Science Journalism?

11/18/2014 | Columbia Journalism Review

Radio station WNYC is an interesting case study in turning the tide on a specialized beat when it, and the media business as a whole, are struggling. Two years ago, the station honed in on health coverage as a strategic priority and targeted its fundraising accordingly. Today, it’s seeing results. Grants from a suite of philanthropic foundations are backing WNYC’s health unit, including Robert Wood Johnson, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Iris and Junming Le Foundation.

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Health Care Enrollment Push in North Jersey Gets a Personal Touch

11/14/2014 |

Round 2 of President Obama’s health care overhaul starts on Saturday as the three-month enrollment period for health coverage through the Affordable Care Act begins. This year, health insurance is going retail. Advocates and insurers are focused on old-fashioned face-to-face meetings to bolster enrollment despite the spotlight on the online performance of, the website whose disastrous debut caused profound embarrassment to the administration last year.

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Jersey City Mayor Wants to Put Municipality Ahead of the Health Curve

11/07/2014 | NJ SPOTLIGHT

A livable city doesn’t just mean walkability, economic development, and access to entertainment. It also means a healthy city. In Jersey City, Mayor Steven Fulop’s administration is using several methods to make the city an example for the entire state of how to prioritize the health of its residents, ranging from increased access to healthcare to making it easier for residents to shop for nutritious food.

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Sighting Leadership Networks in Action

11/04/2014 | Women's Learning Studio

Similar to birders sighting a rare species in an urban parking lot, I became excited when I spotted the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation role modeling how to work out loud online while I was doing an unrelated project.  I saw a CEO who is quite transparent about redoing their leadership development work to foster a national “culture of health” in the United StatesThis huge organization exemplifies (IMO) how to encourage its thousands of associates, most of them not employees, to work out loud through its blogs AND Twitter, Google+, podcasts, and discussion groups online among other social media. I’d like to share what I have learned so far.

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Keeping Coalitions Together to Help Improve Community Health

11/04/2014 | NJ SPOTLIGHT

When local groups get together with the goal of improving community health, generating ideas and enthusiasm is much easier than building a lasting effort. Overcoming the many factors that can make community coalitions unsustainable is the focus of a new grant program from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Plainsboro-based organization that is the largest foundation in the country focused solely on health.

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Two Years After Sandy, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Knows Mental Health Services' Work Isn't Done

10/29/2014 | NJBIZ

As Wednesday marks the second anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, Princeton-based Robert Wood Johnson Foundation said it continues to support the state's mental health services, which the foundation identified as its top priority after the storm roared across the state — causing billions of dollars in immediate physical damage and taking a long-term toll on the emotional health of the people in its path.

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Media Contacts

Melissa Blair

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (609) 627-5937

2014 President's Message

Building a Culture of Health

At RWJF, building a Culture of Health means working as an ally to make getting healthy and staying healthy a vital part of American culture. It means spotlighting places where the seeds of healthy actions are being planted and working alongside people across the country to turn small victories into a national movement.  

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