New RWJF Investigators Will Explore Bold Ideas to Improve America's Health and Health Care System

    • September 29, 2010

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) today announced the funding of 10 new health policy research projects through the prestigious and highly competitive Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research program. The program will support 14 Investigators, who bring expertise from a wide range of fields, in 10 research projects that will address the most pressing issues in U.S. health and health care, and inform policy makers, the media and the public.

 

Affiliated with major institutions across the country, the award recipients bring to the program backgrounds in social work, nursing, government, psychology, geography, medicine, economics, political science and business, among other areas. The program challenges Investigators to tackle critical health problems and policy issues, to think creatively and across disciplinary boundaries, and to seek innovative solutions.

The Investigator program provides grants of up to $335,000 to highly qualified individuals to develop, interpret or substantially advance ideas or knowledge that can improve health policy in the United States. The program challenges researchers from a variety of disciplines to tackle critical health problems and policy issues, to think creatively and across disciplinary boundaries, and to seek innovative solutions.

“We are proud to be able to support these innovative and respected researchers, who will use their awards for cutting-edge studies that help improve health care and health policy in profound ways,” said Lori Melichar, Ph.D., RWJF director. “We expect their research to provide needed powerful insights and sophisticated analyses that help improve the nation’s health care system and its health.”

The award recipients are:

  • Co-Investigators Joel T. Braslow, M.D., Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, and John S. Brekke, Ph.D., University of Southern California
  • Cynthia A. Connolly, Ph.D., R.N., P.N.P., University of Pennsylvania
  • Jennifer L. Hochschild, Ph.D., Harvard University
  • James S. Jackson, Ph.D., University of Michigan
  • Aaron S. Kesselheim, M.D., J.D., M.P.H., Harvard University and Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Miriam J. Laugesen, Ph.D., Columbia University
  • Co-Investigators Jens Ludwig, Ph.D., University of Chicago, and Greg J. Duncan, Ph.D., University of California, Irvine
  • S. V. Subramanian, Ph.D., M.Phil., Harvard University
  • Co-Investigators Jason Schnittker, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, and Christopher Uggen, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
  • Co-Investigators Robert L. Wears, M.D., University of Florida, and Kathleen M. Sutcliffe, Ph.D., University of Michigan

 

Since 1993, RWJF has funded 167 projects involving 216 Investigators from the nation’s leading private and state universities, and other nonprofit organizations.