Robert J. Blendon Celebrates 40 Years of Research and Evaluation

Robert J. Blendon, senior associate dean for Policy Translation and Leadership Development and Richard L. Menschel at the Harvard School of Public Health, was a leader at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation between 1972 through 1987. Blendon holds appointments as a Professor of Health Policy and Political Analysis in the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.  In addition, he directs the Harvard Opinion Research Program. Blendon currently co-directs the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Harvard School of Public Health project on understanding Americans' Health Agenda, including a joint series with National Public Radio.

Blendon helped create an improved access to the emergency medical care system commonly known as 9-1-1.

Learn about the critical role Research and Evaluation has played in the evolution of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the field of philanthropy. Download the recorded September 19 webinar, “40 Years of Research and Evaluation at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.


Investment in 9-1-1 demonstration: $15 million (1973-1978)


Effects of Efforts to Regionalize Emergency Medical Services (Rand paper)

Emergency Medical Care: The Neglected Public Service, The Connecticut Experience (JAMA article)

The Emergency Medical Services Program (Anthology chapter)


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