At the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), we are working alongside others to build a national Culture of Health that will help improve health for everyone by placing well-being at the center of every aspect of life. To reach a Culture of Health, we must be honest that too many people start behind, and stay behind because of fewer opportunities resulting from long-entrenched policies, practices, and narratives designed to exclude them.
Through unprecedented collaboration, we must address the socioeconomic factors that affect health and lift the barriers of racism to ensure an emerging future where everyone has the opportunity to be as healthy as possible. We believe that leadership for health equity (individuals, organizations, or communities co-creating this Culture of Health) is an essential lever for the complex change needed to dismantle structural racism.
Health Policy Research Scholars (HPRS) is a four-year national leadership development program for full-time doctoral students from nonclinical, research-focused disciplines in which policy is a key driver of change (e.g., urban planning; political science; economics; anthropology; education; social work; sociology; engineering; geography; and lab/bench sciences). HPRS is designed for students who want to improve health, well-being, and equity; challenge long-standing, entrenched systems; exhibit new ways of working; collaborate across disciplines and sectors; and bolster their leadership skills.
RWJF recognizes that the increasing diversity in the country’s population can best be served when research and researchers also reflect that diversity. To adequately address a disproportionate burden of poor health—an essential step is to include doctoral scholars from historically marginalized backgrounds and populations underrepresented in specific doctoral disciplines.
The goal of HPRS is to cultivate transformational leaders from diverse backgrounds with doctoral training—representing a wide range of research-focused disciplines—who will inform and influence policy. We strongly encourage applications from nonhealth-related disciplines; having scholars from diverse fields is critical to advancing a Culture of Health. Up to 40 scholars will be selected for the 2022 cohort.