RWJF in the News

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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Grant Will Help Students Deal with Stress From Natural Disasters

10/27/2014 | Daily Record

“Hurricane Sandy opened many eyes about the vulnerability of our state’s infrastructure and the communities involved with us are ones continually at risk,” United Way of Northern New Jersey CEO John Franklin said Monday. “Children feel the stress that rolls off the adults in their lives during emergencies and that affects them all throughout the day – at home, at school and in the community. The United Way of Northern New Jersey announced the $800,000 grant that is coming from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and going to 17 schools over the next three years.

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Unable to Meet the Deductible or the Doctor

10/17/2014 | New York Times

While high-deductible plans cover most of the costs of severe illnesses and lengthy hospital stays, protecting against catastrophic debt, those plans may compel people to forgo routine care that could prevent bigger, longer-term health issues, according to experts and research. "They will cause some people to not get care they should get,” Katherine Hempstead, who directs research on health insurance coverage at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, said of high-deductible marketplace plans.

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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.  

Read the annual message