Our Guiding Principles

At the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, our guiding principles serve as our committment to continue working passionately toward improved health and health care for everyone in America.

The inspired vision of our founder, General Robert Wood Johnson II, was to improve health and health care in America, especially for those most in need. Energized by our legacy of taking on challenging issues, we are dedicated to building a Culture of Health that provides everyone in America a fair and just opportunity for health and well-being.

We take seriously our responsibilities, and we pledge to work in ways that reflect our values. We are privileged to do this work. We are proud of our successes and accomplishments, and we believe our best achievements lie ahead.
 

Our guiding principles:

  • We seek bold and lasting change rooted in the best available evidence, analysis, and science, openly debated.
  • We treat everyone with fairness and respect.
  • We act as good stewards of private resources, using them to advance the public’s interest with a focus on helping the most vulnerable.
  • We cultivate diversity, inclusion, and collaboration.
  • We speak out as leaders for what we believe.

 

In his 2018 annual message, Richard Besser reflects on the guiding principles that drive the Foundation’s work to improve health and health care for everyone in America.

Read the message

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