Editors' Introduction

Strategies for Improving Access to Health Care-Observations from the Robert Wood Johnson Anthology Series

Although foundations might not have the power to change the larger forces that move America, the Anthology series shows that by targeting specific areas and making a commitment to them over many years, they can shape the direction of change once it begins happening. In this fifth volume of To Improve Health and Health Care, the authors present clearly and forthrightly what the Foundation does, why it does it, and what it has learned from its experiences.

The challenge for the future is to develop a strategic vision where philanthropic resources can be brought to bear to increase Americans' access to health care at a time when market forces, rather than social values, predominate; when incentives to avoid serving chronically ill, isolated, and vulnerable people are inherent, and when an economic downturn threatens to increase the number of people without health insurance.