OUR BROAD AREAS OF FOCUS
Child and Family Well-Being—All parents want what's best for their children, but too many families face hardships that can impair children’s health. We support research and programs in early childhood development, mental and emotional health, family and social support to help all families provide their children with the building blocks they need to lead the healthiest lives they can.
Childhood Obesity—In 2007, RWJF dedicated $500 million to reversing the childhood obesity epidemic in America. The relentless rise in childhood obesity rates has abated, and in some areas has even decreased. Moving forward, RWJF will stress the importance of achieving a healthy weight for all of our nation’s children, especially in struggling communities and those of color.
Health Insurance Coverage—For decades, RWJF has worked to improve access to affordable, high-quality coverage for all Americans. The Affordable Care Act has created new opportunities for more than 30 million uninsured Americans to acquire coverage and we are striving to ensure that all who are eligible know what benefits are available to them and how to make the most of them.
Healthy Communities—Improving health in a community often involves a combination of strategies such as investment in broad access to nutritious food, affordable housing, and educational and economic opportunity. We support a range of initiatives elevating promising strategies and building demand for the types of places and practices that can help communities pursue life-long health.
Health Leadership and Workforce—RWJF has a long legacy of supporting leaders with the potential to transform our nation’s health. We remain deeply committed to investing in tomorrow’s health innovators and increasing the capacity of our health workforce—particularly our nation’s nurses—to meet America’s critical health needs and help build a Culture of Health. Read more about our new approaches.
Health System Improvement—RWJF is committed to seeking the best possible outcomes and highest value from our national investments in health care, public health and population health. We are working to identify, explore and spread strategies that will increase the reach and efficacy of health services, and to address the nation's health care costs.