09/16/2014 | Inside Philanthropy
Recently, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation awarded a $1 million grant to WNYC that will create a health unit at the station. This unit will "cover three core areas—healthy living and wellness, health care economics and policy, and medical science and discovery—through a blend of high-impact investigative reporting, powerful first-person narrative, data news tools, and deep audience engagement."Read more
09/15/2014 | Inside Philanthropy
Kicking around novel and even crazy-sounding ideas is important for any funder looking to solve big problems. Why? Because you never know where breakthrough thinking will come come from, and the wider you cast the net, the better your chances for generating creative new funding strategies. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is one funder looking for more intellectual juice, and that makes sense. RWJF has taken on the ambitious, sweeping goal of creating a new "culture of health" in the United States. Among other things, this will require slimming down, oh, around 100 million Americans.Read more
09/09/2014 | Everyday Health
Many communities face enormous health challenges for a variety of reasons: from socioeconomics and education to availability of affordable, nutritious food and access to open spaces. But counties across the country are finding creative ways to make wellness a priority shared by residents, businesses, healthprofessionals, educators, and local government.Read more
09/08/2014 | MIT News
With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), which is providing a $1 million grant, the new initiative will address the role of technology in shaping our health, and explore new approaches and solutions to wellbeing. The program is built around education and student mentoring; prototyping tools and technologies that support physical, mental, social, and emotional wellbeing; and community initiatives that will originate at the Media Lab, but be designed to scale.Read More
09/08/2014 | NJBIZ
The New Jersey Hospital Association is providing its specially trained counselors to help laid-off Atlantic City casino employees sign up for health coverage through the Affordable Care Act. NJHA said its “certified application counselors,” as well as trained counselors or navigators from other organizations, will help individuals apply for health insurance Monday through Wednesday at the Atlantic City Convention Center and Sept. 17-19 at Boardwalk Hall.Read more
09/08/2014 | The New York Times
A new report, based on federal government statistics and released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust for America’s Health, found that at least one out of five people in every state is now obese. But for the first time, only two states, Mississippi and West Virginia, reported that their rates exceeded 35 percent.Read more
09/04/2014 | The Washington Post
There are significant disparities in obesity rates, not just by geography—the 10 states with the highest rates of obesity are all in the South and Midwest—but also by income, race and ethnicity, according to a report released by RWJF and the Trust for America's Health.
09/04/2014 | CNN.com
RWJF grantee America's Grow-a-Row is a new CNN Hero. Heroes are described as "Everyday people changing the world." America's Grow-a-Row organizes groups to plant and harvest food, providing fresh produce to people in need.Read more
08/28/2014 | Health Affairs Blog
Erika Samoff, MPH, PhD, Partnership for a Healthy Durham (N.C.) coordinator and epidemiologist at the Durham County Department of Public Health, explains how the community united to deal with a range of critical issues, not just health care access, but issues such as unemployment, education and poverty—all of which influence health.Read more
08/27/2014 | Health Affairs
State marketplaces are expected to increase the number of enrollees this year, and adopting lessons from 2013-2014 can help. A more targeted approach is planned, along with a focus on less expensive tools such as direct mailing campaigns and walk-up enrollment centers, which proved successful last year.
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.