What Shapes Health? Closing Socioeconomic Gaps in Health
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Commission to Build a Healthier America was a national, independent, non-partisan group of leaders established in 2008 to examine the many factors outside of medical care that influence health. The Commission researched and reviewed evidence, collected new data and listened to experts, leaders and citizens around the country. In 2009, the Commission released Beyond Health Care, a report containing 10 recommendations to improve health at the local, state and federal levels.
In 2013, the the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation reconvened the Commission to identify actions that should be taken now to support health in communities and during early childhood. The Commission released Time to Act in January 2014, which found that to improve the health of all Americans we must:
- Invest in the foundations of lifelong physical and mental well-being in our youngest children
- Create communities that foster health-promoting behaviors
- Broaden health care to promote health outside of the medical system.