The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s new 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 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

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’s the vision behind these four programs.

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