Innovative Projects to Tackle Some of Health Care's Toughest Challenges

    • September 9, 2009

In an effort to tackle major health policy issues in the United States, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has announced the selection of this year’s recipients of its Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research. Sixteen scholars affiliated with major universities across the country will receive funding to support 10 new research projects. The winning researchers are tackling a wide range of health policy issues such as ways to treat children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) more effectively and improve their quality of life; the way we define and assess risk for developing Alzheimer’s Disease; consumer understanding of health claims made about food and beverages; the connections between child and adult health; and the politics surrounding research that compares the effectiveness of medical treatments.

“This program stimulates thinking that is creative and crosses disciplinary boundaries in search of solutions to vexing issues affecting health and health care in the United States,” says David Mechanic, Ph.D., national program director for the Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research.

RWJF created the Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research program to support talented researchers whose crosscutting and bold new ideas promise to contribute meaningfully to improving U.S. health policy. Funded projects produce enduring insights, sophisticated analyses of pressing problems, potential solutions for improving health and health care, and evidence that informs policy-makers, the media, and the public. Since 1992, the Foundation has supported 157 projects involving 202 investigators.

A national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research program is located at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.


The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing our country. As the nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to improving the health and health care of all Americans, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, meaningful and timely change. For more than 35 years the Foundation has brought experience, commitment, and a rigorous, balanced approach to the problems that affect the health and health care of those it serves. When it comes to helping Americans lead healthier lives and get the care they need, the Foundation expects to make a difference in your lifetime.