RWJF funds the following efforts to explore and strengthen the evidence base around conditions that foster cross-sector alignment, and develop guidance for action.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety, and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.
Community Voices for Health will support ongoing ways for people to engage—to help their voices be a part of decisions around health care, social service, and public health systems; to support their efforts to solve problems; and to strengthen their community networks.
As part of its multisector data and information system focus, RWJF launched Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH), which aims to identify barriers, opportunities, promising practices, and indicators of progress for multisector collaborations to connect information systems and share data for community health improvement. Mathematica Policy Research Inc. is designing and conducting an independent, formative, and outcomes-oriented evaluation of the second phase of the Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH) program to better understand its contributions to multi-sector data sharing in communities; inform the refinement of its peer learning network, All In: Data for Community Health; and provide guidance on the future of the DASH strategy.
Digital Bridge creates a forum for key decision-makers in health care, public health, and health information technology to discuss the challenges of information-sharing and collaborate on ideas and solutions for a nationally consistent and sustainable approach to using electronic health data.
The Enhancing the Role of Hospitals in Improving Population Health (EHPH) Learning Center was established to expand the number of hospitals and health systems promoting healthy communities and committed to a Culture of Health. EHPH is focused on learning systematically across the field and is exploring ideas to transform health and health care and advance community health and well-being.
The Funders Forum on Accountable Health, a project of the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health’s Department of Health Policy and Management, was created to establish a common table for the growing number of public and philanthropic funders supporting Accountable Communities for Health initiatives.
RWJF's Community Benefit initiative was designed to position hospitals and health systems to serve as leaders of and collaborators with public health and community partners in community health improvement. This grant supports a planning phase for an evaluation of the impact on the health of the community of community health needs assessments and of the implementation strategies that describe how identified needs will be addressed.
Health Care Without Harm seeks to transform health care worldwide so that it reduces its environmental footprint, becomes a community anchor for sustainability and a leader in the global movement for environmental health and justice. With offices on four continents and partners around the world, Health Care Without Harm is leveraging the health sector’s expertise, purchasing power, political clout, workforce development, and moral authority to create the conditions for healthy people, communities, and the environment.
The Health Impact Project, a collaboration of RWJF and The Pew Charitable Trusts, encourages local, state, and national organizations to include health considerations in policy decisions across multiple sectors, such as housing, transportation, and education. The project works to create cross-sector partnerships that include the expertise of health care and public health systems.
The Democracy Collaborative supports members of the Healthcare Anchor Network—a network of 45 health care systems—build capacity to align with other sectors in communities as they progress their roles as anchor institutions. By aligning with other sectors, health care anchor institutions can achieve more of their social change and advocacy goals and support a more connected, sustainable ecosystem among sectors in communities.