Related Programs

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) funds an array of programs that are working to build a national Culture of Health.

RWJF funds the following efforts to explore and strengthen the evidence base around conditions that foster cross-sector alignment, and develop guidance for action.

NGA: National Governors Association

National Governors Association Center for Best Practices

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The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices assists governors and state officials in developing policy agendas to promote a Culture of Health and to advance health equity so that everyone has a fair and just opportunity for optimal health.

NORC at the University of Chicago


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NORC at the University of Chicago is an objective non-partisan research institution that delivers reliable data and rigorous analysis to guide critical programmatic, business, and policy decisions.

Northeastern University

Northeastern University

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This project will develop a strategy and set of funding principles to guide RWJF when partnering with grantmakers or engaging in grantmaking that influences the health care-related social services sector; create a framework reflecting health care-sector collaboration and financing arrangements with the health care-related social services sector; and provide insights into the benefits and challenges for community-based organizations as they align their services and payment and data collection activities to meet contractual requirements of health care partners.

Social Finance

Pay For Success

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Led by Social Finance

Pay for Success translates the concepts and practices underlying the pay-for-success movement into broader lessons learned and practical tools to help drive alignment across the health and social service sectors.

Academy Health

Payment Reform for Population Health

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Led by AcademyHealth

The Payment Reform for Population Health initiative identified four major foundational elements that influence how health care purchasers, plans, and providers consider supporting sustainable funding, financing activities, and infrastructure that can bolster community-wide population health.


Public Health Leadership Forum

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The Public Health Leadership Forum provides an ongoing platform to engage a diverse set of public health leaders and other stakeholders in dialogue on current challenges to public health and opportunities for transforming the sector’s role, organization, and financing.


Public Health National Center for Innovations

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The Public Health Accreditation Board, with funding from RWJF, established the Public Health National Center for Innovations (PHNCI) to identify, implement, and spread innovations in public health practice to help meet the health challenges of the 21st century in communities nationwide. PHNCI acts as a leader to coordinate and share innovative ideas as communities transform to improve health outcomes.

Community Catalyst

Responding to Health Care Consumers' Greatest Needs

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Led by Community Catalyst

This program aims to equip diverse health-focused consumers and community organizations with the resources, strategies, and partnerships they need to make consumers' voices, demands, and contexts a priority for local health care systems.

Rethink Health

ReThink Health

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Led by The Rippel Foundation

ReThink Health explores mechanisms and methods for financing, stewarding, and sustaining community-based collaboratives’ investments for better health. Since 2007, the initiative has worked to discover what it takes for stewards to guide transformative change and produce health and well-being for all.

SIREN: Social Interventions Research & Evaluation Network

Social Interventions Research & Evaluation Network (SIREN)

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Led by the Center for Health and Community at the University of California, San Francisco

SIREN aims to improve health and health equity by advancing high quality research on health care sector strategies to improve social conditions. Projects focus on catalyzing high-quality research; collecting, summarizing, and disseminating research resources and findings; and increasing capacity to evaluate social determinants of health interventions.