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For everyone in America to have the chance to live as healthy a life as possible, we need public policies that not only maximize access to affordable, quality healthcare, but also work to elevate communities and dismantle systemic barriers to wellbeing.

In the nation’s capital and at the state and local level, we use our knowledge and the expertise of our partners to provide policymakers and others with analysis, evidence, and potential approaches. We fund research, provide resources like nonpartisan analyses, participate in convenings, coalitions, and briefings to achieve health equity faster and pave the way, together, to a future where health is no longer a privilege, but a right. 

Policy Brief Library

Across our work, we leverage decades of research to assist policymakers in efforts to safeguard and improve health in the communities they serve. We support the translation of nonpartisan research and evidence into health policy briefs. These briefs strive to explain key policy issues in a concise, easily digestible format.

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Policies for Action

Policies for Action (P4A) is a signature research program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation administered through the national coordinating center at the Urban Institute. This program funds research that identifies policies, laws, and other regulatory tools that can be leveraged to build a Culture of Health. 

Latest Regulatory Comments

When given the opportunity to publicly comment on proposed policies and regulations that coincide with our focus areas, RWJF provides data and evidence to decisionmakers.

Contact Us

RWJF Policy department staff:

Avenel Joseph
Vice President, Policy
(609) 627-6235

Katherine Hempstead
Senior Policy Adviser
(609) 627-6396

Claudia Montecinos
Senior Communications Officer
(609) 627-7573

Elizabeth DiLauro
Senior Policy Officer
(609) 627-7518

Giridhar Mallya
Senior Policy Officer
(609) 627-6476

Alyson Northrup
Senior Policy Officer
(609) 627-7643

Starla Stiles
Communications Officer, Policy
(609) 627-6003

Aaron Carpenter
Policy Associate
(609) 627-6230