Health Policy

Providing research, insight and analysis on key issues affecting health and health care in the United States.

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We seek to build a Culture of Health by fostering thriving communities, healthy children, quality care, and affordable coverage. Through this collection we aim to provide policymakers, congressional staffers and administration officials with evidence based non-partisan material that clearly explains health policy issues.

Latest Health Policy Briefs


The Relationship Between School Attendance and Health

September 1, 2016 | Issue Brief

Chronic absenteeism is a critical national problem that puts 6.5 million schoolchildren at risk. This policy brief takes a close look at the reasons behind chronic absenteeism, its adverse impact on health and life outcomes, and potential solutions.


Declining Childhood Obesity Rates

June 21, 2016 | Issue Brief

Childhood obesity rate has leveled off with some cities and states reporting recent declines in their rates, thanks to far-reaching changes in food and physical activity.


Why We Need a Culture of Health

March 1, 2016 | Issue Brief

This RWJF Health Policy Snapshot explores how the U.S. can create a Culture of Health for Americans of all backgrounds.


Can Early Childhood Interventions Improve Health and Well-Being?

March 1, 2016 | Issue Brief

This RWJF Health Policy Snapshot looks into ways schools, states and countries can invest in positive interventions to improve life outcomes in children.


Schools Can Help Children Eat Healthy and Be Active

March 1, 2016 | Issue Brief

This RWJF Health Policy Snapshot explores how schools can enact policies to help students develop healthy habits early in life.

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Kimberly Elliott, director of policy outreach
(202) 243-7841

Renee Woodside, associate
(202) 243-7000

1634 "Eye" Street, N.W.
Suite 810
Washington, D.C. 20006

About the health policy unit

The RWJF Policy Unit works with many different partners in the nation’s capital to promote public policy that will contribute to building a Culture of Health.