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 identify and address health disparities, and help all people live healthier lives. 

From the Blog

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.

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.

Data Will Help Me Keep My Resolution

January 27, 2015 | Blog Post

It's time to start thinking about New Year's resolutions in new way - informed by data.

Open Health Data: How To Go for the Gold?

January 16, 2015 | Blog Post

How do we ensure that the story of increasingly open health data has a happy ending?

So Much Data! How to Share the Wealth for Healthier Communities

January 14, 2015 | Blog Post

How to harness data for healthier American communities? A new book lays out a road map.

Media Contacts

Jordan Reese

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (609) 627-6322