This program received support from the Foundation between 2012 and 2016.
Connecting patients with the resources they need to be healthy–beyond health care.
Health Leads envisions a health system that addresses basic needs as a standard part of care.
Millions of low-income families seek medical care for health problems each day. But for families that struggle to meet basic needs like adequate food or housing, clinical care is only part of the solution.
By addressing non-medical needs as part of care delivery, Health Leads helps change the circumstances affecting the lives of vulnerable people. The program mobilizes college volunteers to connect patients and their families with the basic resources they need to be healthy. Doctors can “prescribe” resources such as food and heating assistance, and volunteers help “fill” prescriptions by connecting patients to community services.
With RWJF support, Health Leads is building capacity to spread its model for addressing the social factors that contribute to ’health, and producing a pipeline of leaders with the conviction and ability to champion a new model of care.
Grants and Grant Programs
RWJF supports programs to help everyone in our nation have the opportunity to live healthier lives.
Blog PostA Prescription for Solutions that Bridge Health and Health Care
June 12, 2014
If they're going to make a difference in patient lives, health care providers need to respond to their social needs outside the clinic.
News ReleaseRobert Wood Johnson Foundation Awards $16 Million to Health Leads to Help Health Care Providers Address Social Factors
April 10, 2014
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation awards $16 million to Health Leads to help health care providers address social factors.
ReportHealth Care's Blind Side
December 1, 2011
Four in five physicians say patients' social needs are as important to address as their medical conditions, according to a survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of RWJF.
Positioning Health Leads to scale its model and provide leadership in addressing vulnerable families' resource needs as a standard part of care
Wed Feb 05 00:00:00 EST 2014
This investment from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) will support the first 30 months of implementation activities for Health Leads' 54-month strategic plan. The plan aims to catalyze fundamental shifts in the health care sector that help make it standard practice to integrate the meeting of patients' social resource needs into quality health care delivery.
Building capacity in Health Leads to spread its model for meeting vulnerable families' basic health needs
Wed Dec 14 00:00:00 EST 2011
Funds from this grant support Health Leads in key capacity investments to increase its scale and yield faster, more-effective, sustainable growth. Health Leads is a replicable service model that mobilizes college students to work in community health clinics to address the social factors that negatively impact the health and health care of low-income families.