Planning for the organizational home for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to Build a Healthier America

The United States is number one in the world in spending on medical care but ranks low among industrialized countries in the health of its population. In addition, there are large differences in health linked to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status and geography. Neither policy-makers nor the public understand the extent to which social determinants (such as housing and education) can create, sustain or ameliorate these disparities in health outcomes. Policy-makers and the public need to understand, discuss and support possible solutions. This grant will create a comprehensive plan to establish an RWJF-sponsored commission on health equity. The commission's goal is to stimulate a social and public policy debate and discussion on the causes and consequences of health disparities and propose potential strategies and venues to reduce and eliminate them. Project deliverables include a proposal for development and implementation of a commission on health equity and a plan for the staffing structure and operational approach that will provide the commission with a strong, integrated basis for its work.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $264,656.00

Awarded on: 5/16/2006

Time frame: 5/15/2006 - 6/30/2007

Grant Number: 57450


Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University

2121 K Street, N.W., Suite 200
Washington, 20002-4409


Sara Rosenbaum
Project Director