RWJF Launches Leadership Development Programs

RWJF Launches Leadership Development Programs

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has announced the launch of four leadership development programs designed to engage people working across a variety of sectors in building a Culture of Health in America.

The four programs are Health Policy Research Scholars, which will bring together as many as fifty diverse first- and second-year doctoral students from multiple disciplines whose research, connections and leadership will inform and influence policy; Interdisciplinary Research Leaders, which will seek to enlist up to twenty three-person teams of researchers and community members who can bridge the myriad factors that influence people’s health, address health disparities, and build fundamentally healthier communities; Clinical Scholars, which will engage up to fifty clinically active healthcare providers to collaborate in teams with fellow clinicians from a range of disciplines, including nurses, physicians, pharmacists, dentists, veterinarians, and others; and Culture of Health Leaders, which will engage up to fifty participants — both individuals and established or emerging teams — from education, transportation, technology, public health, government, faith/spiritual, business, health care, social service, economic development, urban planning, and other fields.

Programs, which will range for three to five years in duration, will provide training in a variety of topics, from change leadership to health policy, as well as mentoring and executive coaching, networking with other program participants, and the opportunity to work on solutions to real problems in local communities. Participants in the programs will work in their home communities, connect via distance-learning technology, and gather several times a year in person for training and collaboration.

To be led by the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, the Interdisciplinary Research Leader program will provide each individual participant with an annual stipend of $25,000, while teams will receive a $125,000 project grant. Each participant in the Clinical Scholars program, to be led by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will receive a $35,000 annual fellowship. And participants in the Culture of Health Leaders program, co-led by the National Center for Health Equity and CommonHealth ACTION, will receive an annual stipend of $20,000, with additional funds available for project activities.

"To build a Culture of Health in America — a culture where everyone can attain the best health possible — we need leaders who can work together across disciplines, professions, and sectors," said RWJF president and CEO Risa Lavizzo-Mourey. "This is more important than ever, as evidence shows that many factors beyond health care influence health."