Princeton, N.J.—The Board of Trustees of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the largest philanthropy dedicated to improving the health and health care of all in America, has elected three new Trustees, effective January 30, 2019: Prabhjot Singh, MD, PhD; Ruth Shim, MD, MPH; and W. Louise Mehrotra, CPA, CMA.
“The staff of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is extraordinarily pleased to have three such distinguished individuals join our Board of Trustees and our vision to build a Culture of Health in America,” said Rich Besser, MD, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. “Prabhjot Singh is charting a new course for community health using innovative models in both domestic and international regions. Ruth Shim addresses the social and environmental factors that influence mental health—a subject dear to our core mission. Louise Mehrotra will be instrumental in helping us use our resources to advance the public’s interest in well-being, with a focus on health equity and our nation’s most vulnerable populations.”
About the New Trustees
Prabhjot Singh, MD, is director of the Arnhold Institute for Global Health and chair of the Department of Health System Design and Global Health at the Mount Sinai Health System, as well as special advisor for strategy and design at the Peterson Center on Healthcare. He directs a team that designs and tests improvements to the health care system that have the potential to scale nationally and abroad in partnership with the communities they serve. Singh is the author of Dying and Living in the Neighborhood: A Street-Level View of America’s Healthcare Promise. His next books will focus on improving community health in remote regions, and smarter health care investment. Previously, he was professor of international and public affairs at Columbia University, and co-chair of the One Million Community Health Workers Campaign. Throughout his career, he has focused on how advances in community health systems globally can improve health in America. In 2012, he received a 40th Anniversary Young Leader Award from RWJF in recognition of his community health work in Harlem.
Ruth S. Shim, MD, is the Luke and Grace Kim Professor in Cultural Psychiatry and director of cultural psychiatry at University of California, Davis. Prior to these appointments, she was the vice chair of education and faculty development, and chief of outpatient psychiatric services at Lenox Hill Hospital, Department of Psychiatry, Northwell Health. From 2008 to 2014, she held several positions at Morehouse School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, including associate professor of clinical psychiatry and medical director of the Grady Hospital Adult Outpatient Psychiatry Intake Clinic. At the Morehouse School of Medicine’s National Center for Primary Care, she was the associate director of behavioral health. Shim has received numerous honors and awards, including the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Fellowship; Distinguished Fellow, American Psychiatric Association; and Teacher of the Year, Morehouse School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. In addition, she is co-editor of the book, The Social Determinants of Mental Health.
Before retiring in early 2017, W. Louise Mehrotra, spent 37 years at Johnson & Johnson in the areas of finance and compliance, with various assignments at several J&J operating companies, as well as the company’s headquarters. In 2001, she was appointed vice president of finance, chief financial officer, and a member of the management board at Janssen Pharmaceutica Products, L.P.; she also served as the chief compliance officer for Janssen. In 2004 and 2005, Ms. Mehrotra was vice president, Worldwide Health Care Compliance, responsible for the implementation and oversight of compliance programs throughout all Johnson & Johnson companies. From 2005 until her retirement, she served as vice president of Investor Relations for Johnson & Johnson, overseeing all communications with the investment community.
“In addition to their impressive backgrounds, the Trustees bring a passion for change and the know-how to foster that change,” said Board Chair Roger S. Fine, JD. “The Foundation is committed to a vision of a Culture of Health, and we welcome the opportunity to add more perspectives to our conversations about how to ensure the health and well-being of all in America.”