RWJF in the News

Where Health Insurance Prices Are Highest and Lowest

01/16/2015 | AARP

In health insurance prices, as in the weather, Alaska and the Sun Belt are extremes. This year Alaska is the most expensive health insurance market for people who do not get coverage through their employers, while Phoenix, Albuquerque, N.M., and Tucson, Ariz., are among the very cheapest. In this second year of the insurance marketplaces created by the federal health law, the most expensive premiums are in rural spots around the nation: Wyoming, rural Nevada, patches of inland California and the southernmost county in Mississippi, according to an analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation, which has compiled premium prices from around the country.

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How Community Health Workers Can Reinvent Health Care Delivery In The US

01/16/2015 | Health Affairs Blog

As health policy, research and practice are becoming increasingly focused on improving the health of populations and addressing social determinants of health, Community Health Workers (CHWs) may be just what the doctor ordered. As part of the public health workforce with ties to the local community, CHWs can now be reimbursed by Medicaid for providing preventive services if recommended by a physician or other licensed practitioner. This groundbreaking CMS regulatory change along with policy support from the Affordable Care Act, holds the promise of bridging the gap between mainstream health care and community health through expanding the CHW profession and its impact on clinical care. 

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Why Not Just Eliminate the Employer Mandate?

12/29/2014 | New Visions Healthcare Blog

Infographic: Under the Affordable Care Act, employers of 50 or more workers are subject to a penalty if at least one of their full-time workers obtains a marketplace subsidy. Employees offered coverage deemed affordable and adequate are prohibited from obtaining subsidies, as are their family members, and employers can avoid penalties by offering coverage to at least 95 percent of workers.

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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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Media Contacts

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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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