In 2008, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) convened the Commission to Build a Healthier America to help us find better ways to improve the health of our nation. The Commission—a national, nonpartisan group of leaders from both the public and private sectors—issued 10 sweeping recommendations aimed at improving the health of all Americans.
The Commission’s work sparked a national conversation that has led to a marked increase in collaboration among a wide variety of partners aimed at addressing the many determinants of health. Eager to build upon this progress, RWJF asked the Commissioners to come together again. This year, the Commission tackled immensely complex matters that underlie profound differences in the health of Americans: experiences in early childhood; opportunities that communities provide for people to make healthy choices; and the mission and incentives of health professionals and health care institutions.
They found that to improve the health of all Americans we must:
On June 18, join a Washington Post Live forum, sponsored by RWJF, to explore how creative minds—from architects and urban designers to bankers and advertisers–—are working to improve health. The event follows the January report released by the RWJF Commission to Build a Healthier America.Register to attend
Tools from the recommendations report illustrate the need for action and how promising programs are improving health across the nation.Explore the charts and graphics
Investing in the youngest Americans will lay a foundation for a lifetime of good health. Hear from experts and innovators on programs that may make a substantial impact for years to come.
#CBHA2014 Recommendation: Integrate health into community development
The health and community development sectors can be a powerful force -- if they work together. Watch Commissioners and leading experts discuss how to create communities that foster healthy choices, and see promising examples from across the United States.
#CBHA2014 Recommendation: Create incentives so health care can help people lead healthy lives.
Health care systems are looking beyond their walls to improve the health of their patients. See how Kaiser Permanente and the Medical-Legal Partnership are taking on the charge.
From individuals and community organizers,to businesses, investors and community developers, to education leaders and policymakers, we all have a stake in a healthy America.
Time to act to improve our nation's health. New #CBHA2014 recommendations point the way.
Commissioner Rev. Eileen Lindner challenges us all to take what we have learned and bring it back to our communities to create a Culture of Health for all Americans.