The Pioneer Portfolio is the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) innovation arm, committed to harnessing the pipeline of emerging ideas to serve the social good. Since 2004, Pioneer has awarded more than $120 million in grants to explore and promote unconventional solutions to tough problems in health and health care. This article provides an overview of the Pioneer Portfolio, its aims, and its work.
Highlights from the Pioneer Portfolio:
- Project ECHO uses online videoconferencing to link primary care health teams in rural areas to specialists in an effort to treat complex conditions.
- OpenNotes made doctors' notes available to an experiment including 19,000 patients to explore whether access to these notes affected their involvement in their care. As a result, more patients said they were more likely to take their medicines as prescribed.
- Health Games Research explores whether digital games that carry health lessons actually change behavior.
Brian Quinn, Pioneer Portfolio team director, notes that Pioneer Portfolio projects are marked by their ability to affect transformational change. They work to identify and explore new issues and approaches; accelerate progress on issues and approaches that have significant potential to create breakthroughs in health and health care; and support projects that use original, unconventional, or cross-sectoral approaches to create transformative change. RWJF’s Pioneer Portfolio works to address the big problems facing health care, and to do so with big solutions.
New on Pioneering Ideas blog
- Princeton Students Study Health Care in Urban New Jersey December 9, 2013
- Behavioral Economists Compete: Innovation Tournament on Health December 4, 2013
- Engaging Patients in Research December 3, 2013
- What’s Next Health: The Motivation Bias November 27, 2013
- Spurring Open Source Health Innovation November 21, 2013
The What's Next Health series features leading thinkers and visionaries. Stanford social scientist & innovator BJ Fogg discusses his model f...
Executive Nurse Fellow Jerry Mansfield explains why the University Hospital and the Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital do not have a BSN-only hi...
We create new opportunities for better health by investing in health where it starts—in our homes, schools, and jobs.
RWJF Nurse Faculty Scholar Jennifer Bellot writes about losing her grandmother to complications from a medical error.
When companies invest in employee wellness, it’s good for health, productivity ... and the bottom line.
NewPublicHealth spoke with John Auerbach, professor at Northeastern University and the primary author of a report on the Trust, and Cheryl B...
Read highlights from college students’ recent trip to the front lines of health care in urban New Jersey.
NewPublicHealth spoke with the Julio Frenk, MD, MPH, PHD, Dean of the Harvard School of Public Health, about how public health has changed o...
The RWJF DataHub tracks state-level data, and allows visitors to customize and visualize facts and figures.
Developing small community homes as alternatives to nursing homes, this radical, new national model for skilled nursing care returns control...
Improved Prevention and Treatment Decrease U.S. Stroke Deaths - NHTSA Announces New Safety Efforts for Older Drivers - Poll: Parents Concern...
America is not getting good value for its health care dollar. These resources explore issues of cost and value of health care.