RWJF Names Four National Leadership Program Centers

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Princeton, New Jersey, has selected four institutions to serve as National Leadership Program Centers, in which capacity they will train and convene leaders from communities across the country who can contribute to the building of a national Culture of Health.

Each institution will receive an initial three-month planning grant of up to $750,000 to establish one of four change leadership programs. RWJF anticipates that the institutions also will serve as its leading grantee partners in administering the programs over the longer term.

The four programs, which will launch in September 2016, and the institutions expected to serve as their respective national program centers, are Diversity in Health Policy Research (Johns Hopkins University), which will support doctoral students from underrepresented and/or disadvantaged populations by providing training in health policy, health equity, and population health; Interdisciplinary Research Leaders (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis), which will work to develop networks of researchers and community members dedicated to producing the evidence needed to move the U.S. toward a Culture of Health; Multisector Leaders for Health: National Collaborative for Health Equity (a project of the New Venture Fund in Washington, D.C.); which will work to develop a diverse group of leaders representing key sectors that influence health and health policy and help them expand their influence; and New Clinical Scholars (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), which will work to develop cohorts of networked clinicians who have attained a terminal clinical degree and have the competencies to lead transformative health changes in communities across the country.

Later this month, leaders of the four initiatives will gather at RWJF to finalize the design of the programs. RWJF expects to issue a call for program applications in early 2016 and to launch all four programs in the fall.

"We are thrilled to join forces with these four outstanding institutions to launch our new signature leadership programs," said RWJF president and CEO Risa Lavizzo-Mourey. "To build a Culture of Health in America — one where all in our society can attain the best health possible — we need leaders who can work together across disciplines, professions, and sectors. This is more important than ever, as evidence shows that many factors beyond health care — such as education, early childhood experiences, employment, housing, and neighborhood conditions — influence health. I look forward to these program centers equipping leaders with the skills and capacity to create healthier, more equitable communities across the nation."

"RWJF Announces National Program Centers for Major New Leadership Initiatives." Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Press Release 11/02/2015.