Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation supports research and programs throughout the nation which are working to build a Culture of Health.

Beyond the Four Walls: Why Community is Critical to Workforce Health
This report shares evidence and a call to action to increase cross-sector collaboration that generates systemic health improvements across society. It uses county health data to demonstrate linkages between workforce and community health, documents strategies of cross-sector collaboration between employers and community groups and provides guidelines for employer-community partnerships to promote health within and beyond the workplace.

The State of Obesity – Better Policies for a Healthier America
Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released the 12th annual report, The State of Obesity – Better Policies for a Healthier America. This year’s report  finds adult obesity rates remained mostly steady this past year, increasing in five states and remaining stable in all others.  Rates are at or above 30 percent in almost half of states (22), putting some 78 million Americans at an increased risk for a range of serious health problems – including heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.  Accordingly, the obesity epidemic remains one of our nation’s most serious health crises.

A New Way to Talk About The Social Determinants of Health
When the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation went through a restructuring in 2003, it organized all the programs that worked at the community level to advance health into a new programming group called the Vulnerable Populations Portfolio. The newly created portfolio included a vast array of programs focused on areas as disparate as long-term care, school-based health and chronic homelessness. The members of the team struggled to find a meaningful connection among the programs that could help them discern a strategy for managing the current groups of programs and making future funding decisions. What emerged from that analysis was an understanding that the programs and projects were united in that they each worked within the context of the social determinants of health.

Black and Hispanic Youth Disproportionately Targeted With Advertising for Unhealthy Food and Beverages
Food companies disproportionately target their TV advertising for fast food, candy, sugary drink and snack brands to black and Hispanic consumers, according to a report released by the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at the University of Connecticut, the African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network (AACORN) and Salud America!

Signs of Progress: Declining Childhood Obesity Rates
After increasing steadily for decades, the national childhood obesity rate has leveled off. This policy brief examines reports from across the country to learn more about where progress is being made to address childhood obesity.