Data for Health: Learning What Works

The Data for Health initiative explores how data can be collected, shared, protected, and translated in ways that are useful to individuals, organizations and communities.

A wealth of data is collected about us every day—from electronic health records to personal apps and devices. Secure, protected access to this wealth of information has the potential to help individuals, health care providers, and communities make smarter, faster decisions that improve the health of the public and promote healthy lifestyles.

Recognizing this vast opportunity to use data to improve health, RWJF charged an Advisory Committee of experts to investigate how individuals and communities are already using data to improve health. The Advisory Committee hosted a series of “Learning What Works” events in five cities across the country and online, where community leaders shared their hopes, concerns, and ideas for using health information.

Building upon what they heard from communities during these “listening sessions,” this report outlines their findings and recommendations for how to help communities and U.S. health leaders better harness data to help build a Culture of Health.  


A chart showing the Data for Health Recommendations.

From the Culture of Health Blog


Use Data for Health, Not for Data’s Sake

April 2, 2015

When it comes to health data, the real question is not 'What data do you want to collect?' but 'What problem do you want to solve?'


Imagining the Future of Health Data

March 23, 2015

The possibilities to use data for health feel endless when you allow communities to dream out loud. Those dreams may soon become reality.


Data Will Help Me Keep My Resolution

January 27, 2015

It's time to start thinking about New Year's resolutions in new way - informed by data.


Data4Health: Live from San Francisco

November 20, 2014

Blog post by Ivor Horn, Co-Chair of the Data for Health Initiative. Ivor reflects on her experiences so far and tells readers how to watch the live-stream of the San Francisco event.


Putting the People in Data

November 18, 2014

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Matt Trujillo travels to Phoenix and Des Moines to explore how data and information can be used to improve health.