From increasing access to quality care to addressing factors that influence our health outside the doctor's office, RWJF programs share a common vision: Everyone in our society should have the opportunity to live a healthy life.

Featured Initiatives

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Commission to Build a Healthier America

The Commission is an independent, nonpartisan group of leaders convened by the Foundation to find better ways to improve the nation's health. The panel's recent recommendations focus on investing in early childhood, integrating community development and health, and linking health and health care.

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County Health Rankings & Roadmaps

The County Healthy Rankings & Roadmaps program educates the public and policy-makers on the multiple factors that influence health, and shows how we can help communities become healthier. The RWJF Roadmaps to Health Prize advances that work.  

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Future of Nursing—Campaign for Action

If we want to improve health and health care, we need to empower nurses and transform their profession. The campaign is designed to achieve those goals, inspired and informed by a landmark Institute of Medicine report. AARP, the AARP Foundation and RWJF launched this national initiative in 2010.

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Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q)

Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q) is our signature effort to lift the quality of health care in targeted communities, reduce racial and ethnic disparities, and provide models for national reform.

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Flip the Clinic

How can we transform the doctor visit in a way that empowers patients and improves care? Flip the Clinic turns that routine but critical interaction on its head by giving patients the tools and strategies they need to own their own health.

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Healthy Eating Research

Nearly a third of U.S. children and adolescents are overweight or obese, and children of color are at highest risk. Healthy Eating Research addresses this epidemic through grants to researchers, who are creating a rich evidence base, measurement tools, and instruments used by schools, day-care centers, and others to set policies.

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Forward Promise

This $9.5 million RWJF initiative promotes opportunities for the health and success of middle school- and high school-aged boys and young men of color. The Foundation selected 10 grantees to spread the impact of programs that strengthen connections to education, employment, and good health.

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How can you turn child's play into an opportunity for kids to grow physically, socially and emotionally—and enhance learning at the same time? The answer is Playworks, which teaches children how to resolve their own conflicts that arise at recess and carry over to the classroom, restoring valuable teaching and learning time and preventing bullying.

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Open Notes

An interesting thing happens when doctors give patients access to the notes they write about them. The OpenNotes program shows that they become more active partners in their own care.

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Cure Violence

Formerly known as CeaseFire, Cure Violence embraces a national public health strategy to reduce shootings and killings. Cure Violence trains outreach workers and violence interrupters—raised in the very streets where they work—to identify people most likely to be involved in gun violence and redirect them to make non-violent choices.

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