Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Commission to Build a Healthier America
This program received support from the Foundation between 2005 and 2015.
Looking outside the health care system for ways to improve health for all.
An independent, non-partisan group of leaders established to examine the many factors outside of medical care that influence health.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) formed the Commission to Build a Healthier America to investigate why Americans aren't as healthy as they could be.
The Commission studied prevention, wellness and the broader factors that influence good health and issued 10 recommendations to dramatically improve health for everyone in America.
Although the official work of the program has came to a close, RWJF is committed to carrying on the legacy of the Commission and its recommendations by integrating the program's work and findings into Foundation programming addressing the social determinants of health.
Grants and Grant Programs
Learn about the types of programs and activities RWJF supports, and our grantmaking process.
BriefEarly Childhood Experiences Shape Health and Well-Being Throughout Life
August 1, 2014
Learn how economic and social conditions can directly influence child development and lifelong health—and what can be done to promote wellness among vulnerable children.
ReportTime to Act
January 1, 2014
Understand the three major strategies to improve America’s health that extend beyond medical care. Read the recommendations report by the RWJF Commission to Build a Healthier America.
ReportCollaboration to Build Healthier Communities
June 19, 2013
This report, by Wilder Research and the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, provides new information on collaborative action to improve the health of communities across the United States.
Expanding a series of issue briefs on links between social factors and health
Mon Jun 14 00:00:00 EDT 2010
This project will produce five issue briefs on social factors that affect health, building on the issue briefs that the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), created for the Commission to Build a Healthier America (CBHA).
Developing an online simulation tool that will facilitate modifying social determinants to improve health outcomes
Fri Jul 23 00:00:00 EDT 2010
This project supports the building of an online tool that will illustrate the interconnections between social determinants and their effect on health. Steven H. Woolf, director of Virginia Commonwealth University's Center on Human Needs, will base the tool on one he previously created for the Commission to Build a Healthier America.
Connecting public health and community-development agencies to address rising chronic-disease rates and escalating health care costs
Thu Oct 28 00:00:00 EDT 2010
The goal of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to Build a Healthier America is to explore the social and economic factors that affect health (e.g., poverty, education, housing) to lead to changes in national, state and local policies, and promote private-sector initiatives that will reduce health inequities among Americans.