Leadership for Better Health

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s change leadership programs are designed to extend the influence and impact of leaders working to build a Culture of Health—a national movement to establish health as a shared value and essential priority across the nation, and to ensure that people are supported to live the healthiest lives possible where they live, learn, work, and play.

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To make a shift as bold as building a Culture of Health—a shift that relies on increasing equity and combating the effects of racism and poverty—it is imperative that many of these leaders are from or working in communities with limited resources and opportunities. And to create change at every level of society, they must represent every sector and discipline, recognizing that people’s health is greatly influenced by complex social factors—education, neighborhoods, transportation, income, and faith—in addition to health care.

That vision is coming to life as the four new leadership programs announce their first year participants: 154 professionals from multiple fields and disciplines collaborating to find solutions to our nation's most persistent health challenges. See below for maps of the participants, and their places of work and study across the country. 

Are you interested in applying or know someone else who is? Applications for the next class open in January 2017. Sign up at the bottom of this page to receive email alerts. Or visit one of the program websites below to sign up for program-specific updates and alerts.

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To build a Culture of Health in America—a culture where everyone can attain the best health possible—we need leaders who can work together across disciplines, professions, and sectors. This is more important than ever, as evidence shows that many factors beyond health care influence health.

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, RWJF President and CEO

National Leadership Programs

Health Policy Research Scholars builds equity by investing in scholars from underrepresented populations or disadvantaged backgrounds whose research, connections, and leadership will inform and influence policy toward a Culture of Health.

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The Interdisciplinary Research Leaders program equips teams of researchers and on-the-ground change agents with advanced leadership skills and a clear focus on health and equity, allowing them to apply health research and policy to meet the pressing needs of communities.

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The Culture of Health Leaders program is supporting leaders—from all sectors that have an influence on people’s health—to create collaborative solutions that address health inequities and move their communities and organizations toward a Culture of Health. 

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The Clinical Scholars program prepares and supports small teams of clinicians, from a range of disciplines, to lead transformative change—centered on health equity—in their communities.


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