We’re supporting programs that:
Intentionally shifting power dynamics is critical to ensuring health and healthcare systems prioritize people more affected by inequitable systems, who often have the least power. RWJF programs support community-driven change.
Voices for Health Justice: Led by Community Catalyst, Voices for Health Justice empowers community members and organizers to demand an equitable health system that supports racial and health justice.
National Birth Equity Collaborative: Working closely with those most affected by Black maternal health inequities, the National Birth Equity Collaborative aims to shift systems and culture to prioritize Black maternal, infant, sexual, and reproductive health.
Voices for Health Justice: This video from Community Catalyst shines a light on the issues facing those who have been historically marginalized and the community-driven solutions to tackle health inequities rooted in discrimination and structural racism.
Structural racism built into health and health care systems’ policies and practices perpetuate long-standing inequities. RWJF and its grantees actively advance policy change and build a field of anti-racist health policy experts, collaborating with advocates, community organizations, academics, and others.
State Health & Value Strategies: Supported by RWJF, State Health and Value Strategies helps states transform health care systems—especially Medicaid programs—to be efficient, equitable, and innovative.
Urban Institute Policy Papers: The Urban Institute uses data and evidence to inform policymakers on a wide range of topics affecting upward mobility and equity.
Center for Health Care Strategies: The Center for Health Care Strategies identifies policies and programs to improve health outcomes of people enrolled in Medicaid who often face serious barriers to well-being.
State Network: StateNetwork.org offers policymakers and researchers timely resources for advancing state-level health policy issues including the Medicaid coverage gap, health equity, and COVID-19.
Structural racism in health and healthcare systems leads to vast inequities in health outcomes. RWJF supports programs in explicitly and boldly making systems more inclusive by changing policies, practices, and norms that perpetuate long-standing injustices.
Raising the Bar: Co-led by the National Alliance to Impact the Social Determinants of Health and the National Partnership for Women & Families, Raising the Bar underscores healthcare’s roles and responsibilities in improving health and equity.
Advancing Health Equity: With support from RWJF, this program unites payers—including state Medicaid agencies and health plans—in identifying and eliminating disparities in health and healthcare by reforming payment and other incentives.
Aligning in Crisis: This program helps leaders work across sectors to maximize federal COVID-19 relief investments and lay a foundation for equitable responses to future crises.
Health Affairs’ “Racism & Health” Issue: The RWJF-supported February 2022 Health Affairs focuses on the complex relationship between racism and health and provides insights to transform research and policy.