August 2009

Grant Results


Join Together, at Boston University's School of Public Health, held a conference, Healthy Kids 2005, in Washington. It sought to develop lessons and recommendations from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) child and adolescent-focused initiatives, many near the end of their work, which had focused on keeping America's children safe, healthy and addiction free. Programs included the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Free to Grow, Injury Free Coalition for Kids and Reducing Underage Drinking Through Coalitions See the Appendix for a complete list.

Additionally, Join Together requested permission for and was granted the opportunity to reprogram unused funds to prepare and distribute a report on screening and brief interventions for risky drinking and drug taking, update content on its main Web site, and for developing a module on screening and brief intervention for an additional Web site.

Key Results

  • Join Together held Healthy Kids 2005, a consensus-development conference, June 1–3, 2005, in Washington. Participants included 46 representatives from relevant RWJF programs and projects. They developed recommendations based on lessons learned from their work and policies that could address those lessons. Join Together produced a recommendations report, Promising Approaches to Improving Children's Health. The approaches in the report were:
    • Increase awareness of children eligibility for Medicaid and CHIP and ease barriers to enrollment: Covering Kids and Families.
    • Reduce injuries to children: Injury Free Coalition for Kids. See Grant Results for more information.
    • Address substance abuse among children and in their communities: Free to Grow. See Grant Results for more information.
    • Reduce teenage pregnancy: National Campaign to Reduce Teen Pregnancy, See Anthology chapter for more information.
    • Help young pregnant women deliver and raise healthier babies: Nurse-Family Partnership Program. See Grant Results and a special report on David Olds for more information.
    • Bring health services to children in schools: Center for Health and Health Care in Schools. See Grant Results for more information.
  • The original plan was for this report to be the basis for a special congressional briefing to be hosted by the nonpartisan Congressional Caucus on Substance Abuse. RWJF first postponed the briefing from fall 2005 to winter 2006 and then cancelled it. According to Kristin Schubert, one of the program officers on this project, RWJF "did not proceed with the congressional briefing or further work on 'healthy kids' because [the program team] changed its strategic direction. We decided that this would not be the best use of our resources going forward." The report was not finalized or distributed.
  • With RWJF's permission, Join Together used the balance of the funding in the area of screening and brief interventions for risky drinking and drug taking.
    • It created and published a 23-page report, Screening and Brief Intervention: Making a Public Health Difference. According to David Rosenbloom, Ph.D., at that time director of Join Together (and now president and CEO of the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University), "This publication is an important adjunct to the successful conclusion of efforts to create nationally recognized procedure and billing codes for screening and brief intervention because it shows that real impediments exist to widespread implementation of screening and brief interventions in clinical settings." Join Together distributed more than 2,000 copies of the report from January to April 2009 to professionals working on substance use issues.
    • On its main Web site, Join Together updated content on screening and brief intervention. The section includes information from the report, dowloadable PDF copies of the report and state-specific information on laws related to screening and brief interventions. The section has received 1,000 page views a month.
    • Join Together developed a brief intervention module to be added to, its free online alcohol assessment site. The module includes:
      • Questions to help the user assess his/her readiness to change
      • Questions and answers to help the user understand his/her motivations and the tools available to effect that change and address challenges he/she faces
      • An individualized planning guide to help track progress
      The program will also include background material on the effects of alcohol on the body, hints about how to face challenges and links to additional sources of help for individuals trying to reduce their drinking.
    • Join Together expects to launch the updated version of the Web site with the module in early September 2009. As of March 2009, the Web site was receiving an average of 20,000 completed screens a month.

RWJF provided a grant of $336,799 to support these two projects.

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RWJF Healthy Kids 2005 conference focusing on keeping America's children safe, healthy, and addiction free


Boston University School of Public Health (Boston,  MA)

  • Amount: $ 336,799
    Dates: February 2005 to March 2009
    ID#:  052806


David L. Rosenbloom, Ph.D.
(212) 841-5200

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Appendix 1

(Current as of the time of the grant; provided by the grantee organization; not verified by RWJF.)

RWJF-Funded Programs and Projects with Representatives Participating in the Conference

  • A Matter of Degree: Reducing High-Risk Drinking Among College Students
  • Active Living by Design
  • Active Living Research
  • Active Living Resource Center
  • After School: Connecting Children at Risk With Responsible Adults to Help Reduce Youth Substance Abuse and Other Health-Compromising Behaviors
  • Allies Against Asthma: A Program to Combine Clinical and Public Health Approaches to Chronic Illness
  • Bridging the Gap: Research Informing Practice and Policy for Healthy Youth Behavior
  • Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
  • Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth
  • Center for College Health and Safety
  • Center for Health and Health Care in Schools
  • Center for Health Care Strategies
  • Experience Corps
  • Free to Grow
  • Hablamos Juntos: Improving Patient-Provider Communication for Latinos
  • Injury Free Coalition for Kids
  • Local Initiative Funding Partners
  • National African American Tobacco Prevention Network
  • National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
  • Nurse-Family Partnership
  • Partnership for a Drug-Free America
  • Prescription for Health: Promoting Healthy Behaviors in Primary Care Research Networks
  • Reclaiming Futures: Communities Helping Teens Overcome Drugs, Alcohol and Crime
  • Reducing Underage Drinking Through Coalitions
  • Urban Health Initiatives: Working to Ensure the Health and Safety of Children

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(Current as of date of this report; as provided by grantee organization; not verified by RWJF; items not available from RWJF.)


Anderson P, Aromaa S, Rosenbloom D and Enos G. Screening and Brief Intervention: Making a Public Health Difference. Boston: Join Together, 2008. Available online.

Curley B. Taking Burden Off Physicians Key to SBI Growth, New Report Says. Boston: Join Together, 2009. Available online.

World Wide Web Sites Section of the Join Together Web site to promote the Screening and Brief Intervention report and give users state-specific information on SBI. Boston: Join Together.

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Report prepared by: Molly McKaughan
Reviewed by: Marian Bass
Program Officer: Dwayne Proctor
Program Officer: Kristin Schubert

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