RWJF funds the following efforts to explore and strengthen the evidence base around conditions that foster cross-sector alignment, and develop guidance for action.
American Institutes for Research seeks to improve people’s lives and communities by addressing all aspects of health and well-being—physical, social, emotional, and mental—from the earliest years through later in life. Its work covers a broad range of areas, including the treatment and prevention of diseases; strategies for addressing the opioid epidemic and other substance use disorders; reducing violence and human trafficking; and improving health systems, patient care, and public outreach and communications.
Ascend at the Aspen Institute is a hub for breakthrough ideas and collaborations that move children and their parents toward educational success and economic security. Ascend takes a two-generation approach to its work—focusing on children and their parents together—and it brings a gender and racial equity lens to our analysis.
The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) is the national nonprofit organization representing public health agencies in the United States, the U.S. Territories, and the District of Columbia, and over 100,000 public health professionals these agencies employ. ASTHO members, the chief health officials of these jurisdictions, formulate, and influence sound public health policy and ensure excellence in state-based public health practice.
Benefits Data Trust (BDT) leverages private-sector strategies to reduce poverty by using data, targeted outreach, policy change, and new technologies to proactively connect people to benefits and services. BDT works to modernize the health and human services ecosystem toward interconnected, human-centered, data-driven design so that everyone has the resources they need most.
Better Health Beyond Health Care enhances coordination across state governments and builds relationships among state agencies to enable them to work together towards stronger systems and policies that support health. A national analysis uncovered opportunities to facilitate state-level, cross-sector strategies that promote health beyond the traditional health care levers.
Bridging for Health: Improving Community Health Through Innovations in Financing supports communities’ efforts to improve population health by rebalancing and aligning investments while fostering linkages among health care, public health, and other sectors. From 2015 to 2019, communities engaged in a multiyear innovation process that expanded collaboration capacity and explored innovation financing mechanisms, including pooled wellness funds.
As an innovative funding collaborative and award program, BUILD Health has created a new pathway for communities to drive sustainable improvements in health. By catalyzing and learning across multi-sector, community-driven partnerships, this initiative is moving resources, attention, and action upstream in order to drive sustainable improvements in community health, contain downstream health care costs, and promote health equity.
The Calling All Sectors initiative aims to foster cross-sectoral approaches to implement evidence-based practices and strategies that have the potential to improve maternal and infant health, with the hope that cross-sectoral work becomes part of the lasting working culture.
In 2012, RWJF launched the Center for Sharing Public Health Services to help better understand and articulate models for sharing services and resources across public health department jurisdictions in different environments.
The Center to Advance Community Health & Equity uses evidence-informed tools and technical assistance to support strategic approaches to health improvement in communities where health inequities are concentrated. The Center’s Community Benefit Insight tool helps identify and mobilize resources across sectors, support increased alignment of these resources, and more effectively address drivers of poor health and health inequities.