The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) announced four new grants today that will help build evidence on how best to improve the quality and performance of the United States public health system. These projects represent the Foundation's latest investment in public health services and systems research, the developing field of research that focuses on the organization, staffing, financing and management of public health. RWJF is committed to supporting this research to develop better ways of organizing, financing and delivering public health services to improve community health and help people lead healthier lives.
“These grants will advance our knowledge of how different models of public health service delivery influence health outcomes,” said Debra Perez, RWJF senior program officer. “The lessons from these projects ultimately identify strategies to keep people healthier and ensure that they receive critical public health services.”
Funds from these grants will be used to study some of the most complex and important issues facing the public health field. The four investigators and their funded projects include:
These four projects represent awards from the fourth of a four-year funding program totaling more than $3 million by RWJF to build the field of public health services and systems research through investigator-initiated research grants. RWJF continues to fund other projects in Public Health Services and Systems Research to answer some of the most important and challenging questions about how best to structure, finance and strengthen our public health system.
These grants are administered through the Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization (HCFO) initiative, an RWJF program managed by AcademyHealth. HCFO strives to bridge the health policy and health services research communities by reaching two primary objectives: to provide public and private decision-makers with usable and timely information on health care policy, financing, and market developments; and to bring together the policy and research communities through significant convening, issues identification, research translation, and communication activities. Through the special topic solicitation in Public Health Services and Systems Research, HCFO supports investigator-initiated research examining the organization, financing, and delivery of public health services and the impact of these activities on population health.
About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing our country. As the nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to improving the health and health care of all Americans, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, meaningful and timely change.
For more than 35 years the Foundation has brought experience, commitment and a rigorous, balanced approach to the problems that affect the health and health care of those it serves. When it comes to helping Americans lead healthier lives and get the care they need, the Foundation expects to make a difference in your lifetime.