Throughout its history, the United States has learned from great ideas from abroad, from bagels to democracy. Why not do the same for health? In that spirit, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is looking globally for ideas to help us build a Culture of Health in the United States, where everyone has the opportunity to live healthier lives, no matter who they are, where they live, or how much money they make.
We imagine a future where neighborhoods are designed with an eye toward physical activity and community engagement. Where health care providers focus on promoting wellness, not just treating illness. Where all sectors, from health care to social services to urban planning, work together with health in mind. This vision for the United States is a reality in many countries and communities around the world, and we want to learn from them.
If you have an idea that has worked abroad and has the potential to be adapted to work in the United States, we want to hear from you.
We are looking for projects, programs, and models that promote health equity and are aligned with our Culture of Health Action Framework; this year, we have a particular interest in ideas that:
- Build healthy places;
- Build social connection across the lifespan;
- Get and keep children healthy;
- Integrate health and social services; and Increase the health care system’s focus on the root causes of poor health.
We will give priority to approaches that have demonstrated impact but have not been widely tested or implemented in the United States.