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 health care coverage. Through these issue briefs, 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.


How Price Transparency Can Control the Cost of Health Care

March 1, 2016 | Issue Brief

This RWJF Health Policy Snapshot delves into policies that may help curb the price of health care over time and make insurance and treatment more widely accessible.


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.

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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 partners in the nation’s capital to promote public policy that will contribute to building a Culture of Health, where every person has a fair chance to be as healthy as they can be.