Raising awareness of the health consequences of education

The goal of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to Build a Healthier America is to explore the social and economic factors that affect health (e.g., poverty, education, housing) to lead to changes in national, state and local policies, and promote private-sector initiatives that will reduce health inequities among Americans.This grant supports the development of white papers, issue briefs and articles, along with related dissemination efforts, to elevate the connection between education and health outcomes. The target audience is decision-makers at the national, state, and local level who have interest in health or education policies, including government officials, legislators, and staff; professional organizations and associations; employers; educators; and parents. In addition, this project will support ongoing maintenance for the County Health Calculator, a tool developed under a previous grant that predicts health outcomes based on economic and education factors. Finally, the project will support a process evaluation to inform and improve project activities by measuring the effectiveness and reach of dissemination efforts. The Foundation anticipates that this work will not address specific legislation. Any products that do touch on specific legislation will constitute nonpartisan research and analysis and will be reviewed by Foundation legal counsel prior to dissemination.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $249,854.00

Awarded on: 9/14/2012

Time frame: 9/15/2012 - 3/14/2015

Grant Number: 70227


Virginia Commonwealth University Center on Society and Health

830 East Main Street, Suite 5035
P.O. Box 980212
Richmond, 23298-0212


Steven Herbert Woolf
Project Director