Building a Culture of Health demands recognition that health is greatly influenced by complex social factors—education, neighborhoods, transportation, income, and faith—in addition to health care.
RWJF is working to build strong, interdisciplinary networks of leaders from every sector who have a shared vision of what shapes health—and a desire to work together. Through our leadership programs, we are:
- Equipping doctors, nurses, and other health care providers to transcend their traditional health care roles, work together across disciplines, and help address complex local health challenges;
- Supporting efforts of individual scholars and interdisciplinary research teams to identify the barriers that must be overcome to achieve health equity, and apply research findings to spark immediate community action and solutions; and
- Enabling leaders in all fields—such as transportation, urban planning, business, and economic development—to challenge systems, tackle the root causes of health disparities, and build healthier communities.
Through these programs, we fund visionary thinkers who are committed to bringing about meaningful change—particularly individuals who work and live in communities with limited resources and opportunities. We build interdisciplinary skills and relationships necessary to extend the influence and impact of leaders working to build a Culture of Health.