Building a Culture of Health at AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting

Jul 18, 2014, 9:35 AM

RWJF Leadership Reception at the AcademyHealth RWJF Leadership Reception at the AcademyHealth annual meeting in San Diego in June 2014

At this year’s AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting, held in San Diego, California June 8–10, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) hosted “Building a Culture of Health: An RWJF Leadership Reception.” More than 100 RWJF scholars, fellows, and alumni representing 14 RWJF Human Capital programs joined with colleagues and friends of the Foundation for the gathering at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. There, health providers, clinicians, researchers, and graduate students made and renewed the important professional connections that RWJF facilitates.

Among those attending the reception were RWJF Health & Society Scholars alumnus and RWJF Clinical Scholars Associate Program Director (University of Pennsylvania program site) David Grande, MA, MPA, who presented his paper, “How Do Health Policy Researchers Perceive and Use Social Media to Disseminate Science to Policymakers?,” at the meeting; RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholars Lusine Poghosyan, PhD, MPH, RN, and J. Margo Brooks Carthon, PhD, APRN, who chaired and served as a panelist, respectively, at a health care workforce session; and Clinical Scholars Tammy Chang, MD, MPH, MS, and Katherine A. Auger, MD, M.Sc., who were both chosen as recipients of the AcademyHealth Presidential Scholarship for New Health Services Researchers. This scholarship provides financial support to attend the meeting, and recognizes early-career researchers who demonstrate leadership ability and potential to contribute to the field of health services research.

RWJF Leadership Reception at the AcademyHealth AcademyHealth annual meeting participants gather at the RWJF Leadership Reception in San Diego in June 2014

Foundation staff at the gathering included Senior Program Officer Nancy Wieler Fishman, MPH; Senior Program Officer David Krol, MD, MPH, FAAP; and Vice President for Research-Evaluation-Learning and Chief Science Officer Alonzo Plough, PhD, MPH, who provided the attendees with an update on RWJF plans for evaluating and measuring the Foundation’s new vision for a Culture of Health.

Plough described how the Foundation is beginning to translate the concept of a Culture of Health—as outlined in President and CEO Risa Lavizzo-Mourey’s 2014 President’s Message—into a set of tangible measurements and related action steps. He said that these measurements “will broaden our understanding of the positive steps that individual communities and our nation as a whole are currently taking to build a Culture of Health—and where more help is needed.”

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This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF Human Capital Blog. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the authors.