Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) scholars, fellows and grantees, along with the Community Health Leader award winners, address the health needs of the nation in unique and innovative ways. Whether they are creating healthier environments, bringing needed health resources to underserved communities, diversifying the local health care workforce or generating grassroots programs—they make a difference.

Human Capital’s Ladder to Leadership: Developing the Next Generation of Community Health Leaders and the Community Health Leader awards are two programs devoted to refining the skills and supporting the work of passionate advocates and health care providers who devote themselves to public health and health care challenges at the community level. RWJF Clinical Scholars, Investigators, Physician Faculty Scholars and participants in other Human Capital programs also do work that includes ground-breaking community-based participatory research projects designed to solve tough, public health problems all over the United States.

Each story in the series highlights one of the Human Capital portfolio’s most successful grantee projects: