Partnership for Solutions: Better Lives for People with Chronic Conditions

An RWJF National Program

Partnership for Solutions: Better Lives for People with Chronic Conditions, was a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to improve the care and quality of life for the more than 125 million Americans with chronic health conditions. It engaged in three major activities:

  • Conducting original research and identifying existing research that clarified the nature of the problem.
  • Communicating these research findings to policy-makers, business leaders, health professionals, advocates and others.
  • Working to identify promising solutions to the problems faced by people with chronic health conditions.

Key Results

  • The program produced a body of data analysis and research characterizing the nature and growing size and impact of chronic illness in the United States.

  • The program disseminated findings through more than 35 articles in peer-reviewed journals; in more than 30 reports, fact sheets and issue briefs; a chart book of key statistics; 25 workshops with partners and other policy organizations and an estimated 500 presentations.

  • Policy-makers in public, private and nonprofit organizations used the program's research findings to inform their efforts to improve care for people with chronic conditions.

  • Some consortium partner organizations—most with a single disease or population focus—began focusing more broadly on cross-cutting issues in chronic illness care.

RWJF and program staff at Johns Hopkins expected that the program's key messages would galvanize target audiences toward specific action. Despite producing an abundance of information, the program missed this mark, according to the three RWJF program officers who managed this program. Both the RWJF program officers and the program staff at Johns Hopkins found that fashioning simple messages about an issue as complex as chronic illness proved more difficult than anyone had anticipated.