Health Policy

Providing research, insight, and analysis on key issues affecting health and health care in the United States.

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We seek to build a Culture of Health by fostering thriving communities, healthy children, quality care, and affordable health care coverage. Through these issue briefs, we aim to provide policymakers, congressional staffers, and administration officials with evidence based non-partisan material that clearly explains health policy issues.

Latest Health Policy Briefs

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SNAP Supports Children and Families

September 19, 2018 | Brief

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a critical lifeline for approximately 40 million low-income people across the United States.

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How SNAP Benefits Seniors—and Health Care's Bottom Line

February 1, 2018 | Blog Post

Research shows that seniors who participate in the SNAP program are much less likely to be admitted to nursing homes and hospitals.

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The Relationship Between School Attendance and Health

September 1, 2016 | Brief

Chronic absenteeism is a critical national problem that puts 6.5 million schoolchildren at risk. This policy brief takes a close look at the reasons behind chronic absenteeism, its adverse impact on health and life outcomes, and potential solutions.

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Declining Childhood Obesity Rates

June 21, 2016 | Brief

Childhood obesity rate has leveled off with some cities and states reporting recent declines in their rates, thanks to far-reaching changes in food and physical activity.

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Why We Need a Culture of Health

March 1, 2016 | Brief

This RWJF Health Policy Snapshot explores how the U.S. can create a Culture of Health for Americans of all backgrounds.

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Kimberly Elliott, director, public policy
(202) 243-7841

Renee Woodside, communications project manager
(202) 243-7000

1634 "Eye" Street, N.W.
Suite 810
Washington, D.C. 20006

About the health policy unit

The RWJF Policy unit works with many partners in the nation’s capital to promote public policy that will contribute to building a Culture of Health, where every person has a fair chance to be as healthy as they can be.