RWJF focuses its attention and resources on health and health care challenges both broad and specific in order to make a difference on the widest scale.
How We Work: Program Areas
Reversing Childhood Obesity
Our goal is to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic by 2015 by improving access to affordable healthy foods and increasing opportunities for physical activity in schools and communities across the nation.Learn more
Ensuring Coverage for the Uninsured
We are working to ensure that nearly all Americans have stable, affordable health care coverage by 2020. To reach that goal, we are supporting implementation of the Affordable Care Act at the state level with technical assistance to states, support to consumer groups, and resources to monitor the effects of health reform.Learn more
Investing in People to Improve Health
We prepare health professionals for leadership, support scholars in their research, and promote diversity in order to build a skilled health care workforce ready to address the health, cost and quality challenges facing the nation.Learn more
Fostering Pioneering Ideas
We seek out and support innovation to accelerate progress and create transformative change. We support projects that use original, unconventional approaches and lead to breakthrough ideas that can shape the future of health and health care.Learn more
Improving the Public's Health
We work to improve the nation's public health system, both governmental and non-governmental, through research, community partnerships and actions.Learn more
Advancing Health Care Quality
We are committed to reducing health care disparities and improving the quality of health care for all Americans. We support groups of stakeholders--those who get care, give care and pay for car--in 16 targeted regions of the country though our Aligning Forces for Quality program.Learn more
Helping the Most Vulnerable Populations
We seek and nurture game changing ideas for improving the health of persons whose social circumstances create the greatest challenges for living healthy, successful lives.Learn more
Commission to Build a Healthier America
In 2008 RWJF established the Commission to Build a Healthier America. This Commission enlisted national leaders in business, labor, education, community development, health care services, philanthropy, media, research and public policy to find solutions outside of the medical care system for advancing the nation's health.
The Tobacco Campaigns
In 1991 we began to tackle one of the most intractable problems in the field of public health—tobacco addiction. Over the next two decades, our work focused on policy and systems changes, such as higher tobacco excise taxes, smoke-free indoor air laws, access to cessation treatments and the federal regulation of tobacco.
Between 1996 and 2006, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation took on the challenge of improving care at the end of life. It is important for us at the Foundation and for the field of end-of-life care to understand the impact of this body of work and to monitor the state of the field into the future.