“We see our role as a transformative force,” says Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D., M.B.A., president and chief executive officer of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). “Changing the lives of individual beneficiaries as well as changing the trajectory of entire neighborhoods and communities, changing entire systems, changing public policy and private action. Most importantly, we know the difference between doing good and pushing society to transform itself for a greater, common good-delivering value to society that is far greater than the sum total of the dollars we invest.”
Lavizzo-Mourey’s comments are included in a wide-ranging interview published in the April edition of the Journal of the National Medical Association. In the interview, she describes how her parents’ passion for helping others nurtured her interest in health care. She also discusses the challenges of developing the next generation of leaders, and the importance RWJF places on diversity and on generating interest among minority children in medical careers.