The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is seeking proposals from organizations who can serve in the role of a coordinating office to enhance hospitals’ role in population health. The Foundation (RWJF) is committed to building a Culture of Health in America, which includes fostering cross-sector collaboration to improve population health, well-being, and equity. We recognize that hospitals can be key partners, especially in the communities in which they are located. Subsequently, RWJF will work in partnership with an external coordinating office to expand the impact and sharpen the strategy of the Foundation’s efforts to enhance hospitals’ role and investment in population health and the social determinants of health. The coordinating office will work with program officers at the Foundation and will maintain relationships with RWJF grantee organizations and other relevant organizations and leaders. The coordinating office is expected to embrace a collaborative learning approach that will help link grantees to one another and amplify what grantees and other organizations are accomplishing and learning about hospitals and health systems across the United States that are focused on total population health.
In addition, it is important that the coordinating office can apply innovative approaches to monitor progress, national and local trends related to advances in population health and shifting political environments; identify strategic opportunities and gaps (among networks, grantees and others) for the Foundation and the field; and as necessary convene others to generate insights and action; align strategies, and support one another. Through activities and relationships, the coordinating office should improve the Foundation’s ability to learn from the field, synthesize and disseminate lessons from across strategically aligned investments, and make contributions that will help broaden the Foundation’s perspective of the field and inform its decisions about possible program development in two of the Foundation’s thematic focus areas, Healthy Communities and Transforming Health and Health Care Systems.