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.

David R. Williams
Program Director
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