Commission's Recommendations

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Time to Act: Investing in the Health of Our Children and Communities

The Commission recommends three major strategies for improving America’s health that reach beyond medical care.

Read the January 2014 report
Beyond Health Care

Beyond Health Care

The RWJF Commission to Build a Healthier America issues 10 cross-cutting recommendations for improving the nation’s health.

Read the April 2009 report

Commission Resources

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City Maps

Across America, babies born just a few miles apart have dramatic differences in life expectancy.  To improve health we need to improve people’s opportunities to make healthy choices—in the places where they live, learn, work, and play.

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Overcoming Obstacles to Health in 2013 and Beyond

This report provides a profile of health in America, focusing specifically on the role that social factors like neighborhood features, early childhood, income, education, and race and ethnicity play.

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Collaboration to Build Healthier Communities

Collaboration to Build Healthier Communities

New partnerships between the health and community development sectors are sparking widespread action to make communities healthier. A national survey explores what makes these new collaborations successful, the obstacles they face, and how to foster them in new places.

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RWJF Commission to Build a Healthier America Recommends Seismic Shift in Funding Priorities to Improve Health

The RWJF Commission calls for shift in funding priorities to improve health, with emphasis on early childhood education, community revitalization, and broader health care scope.

Read the news release
Life Expectancy Disparities Across the U.S.

Across America, Differences in how Long and how Well We Live

There are dramatic differences in life expectancy even within a single state. This chart shows the highest and lowest life expectancy rates (based on county-level data) found in each state and the District of Columbia.

Download the state-by-state data

Related Materials

Charts and Graphics

Explore charts and graphics from the 2014 Time to Act: Investing in the Health of Our Children and Communities report.

Explore the charts and graphics

Commission Events

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Experts' Testimonies

Experts' Testimonies

Expert testimonies from the June 19, 2013 RWJF Commission to Build a Healthier America public meeting.

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Fact Sheets

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Learn how various social factors can shape health with these fact sheets:

Early Childhood

Healthy Communities

Social Determinants of Health

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