Better Data for Better Health

A collection of programs which are connecting and leveraging numerous forms of health data to increase awareness and drive action to improve the nation's health.

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About This Collection

Across America, an explosion in openly available health data is transforming our ability to understand the many factors that shape our health.

The data types range from national to local and demographic to behavioral, and the sources range from public agencies, to hospitals, to creators of consumer products. Amid this proliferation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation supports programs working to make this data as accessible and useful as possible to key audiences—from researchers, advocates and policymakers, to media and the public.

The better we are able to capture insights from health data, the more effectively we will be able to promote health equity ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to live healthier lives.  

From the Blog

New Effort Will Give Researchers Access to Valuable Health Datasets

April 24, 2017 | Blog Post

Health Data for Action, a signature RWJF research program, creates opportunities for research teams to use data that can help inform policy and improve systems to improve health.

The 500 Cities Project: New Data for Better Health

February 23, 2017 | Blog Post

The CDC and CDC Foundation are providing city and neighborhood level data for 500 of the largest U.S. cities. This groundbreaking project will make it possible to identify emerging health problems and implement effective public health interventions.

Tackling Life Expectancy Gaps in New Jersey

November 9, 2016 | Blog Post

Some research shows that ZIP codes may matter just as much, if not more, than genetic code when it comes to health. In N.J., the media published RWJF-funded maps and analyses on Mercer County.

What We’re Learning: How to Make Research More Accessible

September 7, 2016 | Blog Post

RWJF announces new grants to study how to ramp up the flow of scientific information so communities can become healthier, faster.

Communities Are Using a Powerful Tool to Journey Toward Better Health

June 27, 2016 | Blog Post

Data is a powerful tool in any community’s work to build a Culture of Health. Here are three ways communities, including those that have won the foundation’s annual Culture of Health Prize, put data to good use.

Media Contacts

Jordan Reese

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (609) 627-6322