Global Ideas for U.S. Solutions
Learning from abroad to improve health and well-being in the United States
When it comes to health, good ideas have no borders.
To help everyone in our nation have the opportunity to live the healthiest life possible, we need the best ideas the world has to offer. That’s why the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is searching the globe for programs, policies and practices that might work in the United States.
When we look around the world—from Canada to Colombia, Belgium to Botswana, Italy to India—we see countries that have made progress in tackling the same kind of problems our nation is struggling with. We want to know: What is working well there that we might be able to apply here at home?
Whether the challenge is building healthy communities, keeping children healthy or transforming health care, these bright spots abroad bring inspiration and practical solutions for how to accelerate our nation’s progress toward a Culture of Health.
Discover what we are learning from abroad.
Reimagined In America: What Can the World Teach Us About Building a Culture of Health?
Join conversations that explore how other countries have improved health and well-being, and hear how leaders and communities across the countries are turning promising practices and policies from overseas into practical solutions for the United States.
Blog PostHelp Us Find Solutions for Social Isolation
October 19, 2017
Social connections help give our lives purpose and meaning. We are looking for the best ideas from around the world that can address social isolation in the United States.
Blog PostCan a Trash Can Reveal a Community’s Values?
September 21, 2017
RWJF and the Gehl Institute explore what the U.S. can learn from other countries about designing and using public spaces to promote health, equity and inclusion.
Blog PostHow Lessons From Abroad Are Uplifting Youth In the United States
August 23, 2017
Looking abroad for inspiration and solutions to provide the millions of youth in America, who are not in school or work, with opportunities to lead healthy, productive lives.
Using narratives, one story at a time, to strengthen communities' capacity to address syndemic health disparities
Tue Jul 25 00:00:00 EDT 2017
This project will evaluate the Storywise program in two U.S. communities. The project will consist of the implementation of the Storywise program's four phases in Atlanta and Appalachian Ohio. In addition to the implementation of these phases, the project team will also evaluate the multilevel impact of the program on syndemic health disparities, using both qualitative and quantitative methods.
Convening Summit 2017: Health Equity in the Americas to lay the groundwork for health equity solutions in the hemisphere
Mon Jul 10 00:00:00 EDT 2017
Under this grant, the UCLA Blum Center on Poverty and Health in Latin America will convene 30 to 40 health care, public health, social policy, and systems experts representing countries across North, Central, and South America (the Americas) to expand and advance the work of the Pan American Health Organization's Commission on Equity and Health Inequalities in the Americas, with the goal of identifying strategies and lessons that can be translated into pragmatic health equity solutions for the Americas.
Engaging global leaders across health and health care sectors to optimize health outcomes for individuals and populations in the United States
Wed Jun 28 00:00:00 EDT 2017
This project will support three five-day residential seminars organized by the Salzburg Global Seminar (http://www.salzburgglobal.org/home.html) to engage global leaders across the health and health care sectors to promote cross-border learning and innovation; seed strategies to optimize health outcomes for individuals and populations in the United States; and disseminate seminar findings.