Between 2003 and 2008, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the Health Reporting Unit at National Public Radio (NPR):
- Produced 4,650 health and health care-related stories
- Hired veteran health correspondent Julie Rovner as a full-time reporter, focusing on health care and health policy
NPR is a not-for-profit radio network that produces and distributes programming to more than 860 affiliated stations nationwide.
Stories about health and health care-related issues aired to a weekly audience of nearly 27 million, primarily through the newsmagazines Morning Edition and All Things Considered, the two most listened-to programs on public radio.
Visitors to NPR's website viewed story pages relating to health and science at least 500,000 times every month.
NPR extended the reach of its health reporting through a content-sharing tool that enables anyone to use NPR's content for noncommercial, nonprofit purposes elsewhere on the Web.