Business Leadership in Health

The business sector plays a critical role in cross-sector collaborations that build a Culture of Health. Corporations that invest in health indicate its importance to company mission and community leadership. Through corporate giving, businesses contribute a significant amount of philanthropic support to a range of sectors that influence health, including education and community development. Investments in such sectors have the power to spur meaningful improvements in health.

According to CECP -- Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy -- in 2015, the median corporate contribution from a set of the world’s largest companies to K–12 and higher education programs was $1.02 and $0.62 million, respectively, along with $0.9 million to community and economic development programs. Increased corporate contributions would indicate improved opportunities to expand or develop new programs in key sectors that drive health.






Federal investment in Health in All Policies

Health in All Policies is a collaborative approach to policymaking that takes health into consideration in the development of policies across sectors. By bringing leaders of non-health sectors together with public health experts in the decision-making process, these policies are designed to promote community health and well-being.

Based on a comprehensive review by RAND and RWJF, in 2016, eight non-health sector federal executive agencies that influence health (including education, housing, and transportation) spent an average of 43% of their 2016 budgets on programs explicitly intended to impact population health and/or well-being. Higher average percentages in future years would suggest that federal agencies are more frequently considering population health and well-being when developing and funding programs.



  • Average percentage of federal executive agencies’ investment in health

  • Federal investment in health, by federal executive agency