What's Next Health

Great thinkers inside and outside of health that inspire our work and the work of others.

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About This Speaker Series

What's Next Health brings new perspectives and fresh thinking to Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) staff and external audiences by engaging leading visionaries at the forefront of trends and ideas that could have significant impact on the work of RWJF and its grantees. We designed the series to challenge thinking, internally and externally; foster an open exchange and exploration of new ideas; and help ensure that approaches and solutions to problems facing health and health care are informed by cutting-edge practice. This series contains perspectives and insights from those engagements.

Latest Speakers


What's Next Health: What We Can Achieve By Working Together

January 13, 2015 | Blog Post

Nate Garvis raises questions that lead to new discoveries. We spoke with him about how entrepreneurial thinking helps build a Culture of Health. Learn how different sectors should come together to make Americans healthier.


What's Next Health: Is Too Much Choice Bad for Our Health?

September 4, 2014 | Blog Post

Sheena Iyengar, Inaugural S.T. Lee Professor of Business at Columbia University, discusses navigating the thousands of choices we make daily – and the stress that comes with making so many decisions.


What's Next Health: A Primer On Epigenetics

July 16, 2014 | Blog Post

Nancy Barrand, RWJF’s Senior Adviser for Program Development, hosted Randy Jirtle, Senior Scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison McArdle Laboratory, for a fascinating discussion about his work in epigenetics.


What's Next Health: New Microbiome Health Research Puts the ‘Cell’ Back in Cell Phone

June 24, 2014 | Blog Post

New research by BioBE’s Jessica Green indicates our phones and hands harbor many of the same microbes, suggesting that studying this “personal microbiome” on our devices could help us design the built environment to improve public health.


What's Next Health: Designing an Elegant Health Care Process

March 20, 2014 | Blog Post

What’s Next Health talks with leading thinkers with big ideas about the future of health and health care. Recently, we talked with Jay Parkinson, founder of Sherpaa, on reimagining primary care.