Culture of Health Leaders are people working in every ﬁeld and profession who want to use their inﬂuence to advance a Culture of Health—one that enables everyone in America to live longer, healthier lives.
This kind of leader isn’t defined by a fancy title or a corner office. They’re working on the ground, applying their skills and experience to solve urgent issues that impact their community and beyond. They get their hands dirty—running a business, leading a nonproﬁt, building things. No matter what barriers they encounter, they ﬁnd a way to get the work done.
Culture of Health Leaders is a national leadership development program for this kind of person. Our current cohort of leaders comes from ﬁelds as diverse as architecture, education, urban farming, the arts and many others. As we bring on new leaders, we’re looking for even broader representation from every ﬁeld and profession across the private, public, nonproﬁt and social enterprise sectors.
Designed to expand and amplify the tremendous experience these leaders already possess, Culture of Health Leaders offers intensive learning opportunities with some of today’s foremost health and equity experts, connects them with a new, larger network of like-minded change agents, and provides an opportunity to rejuvenate by taking a small step back from their day-to-day work.
Alumni from this program will carry the unique distinction of being a graduate of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation leadership program and become a part of a tightly knit network of visionary change agents across sectors and disciplines.
Culture of Health Leaders
Taking bold steps to change the status quo
Meet the ﬁrst cohort of Culture of Health Leaders who are collaborating to advance health and equity across the country. These leaders are spearheading innovative, sector-spanning work and taking bold steps to disrupt the status quo in their home communities.
Population Health: Baton Rouge
Mayor's Healthy City Initiative
Improving Outcomes Through Innovations in Population Health Management
“I’m a firm believer that not only can young people change our communities, but we must. We have to be involved, outspoken and organized. This program is providing me with more tools, training and networking to make a difference.” Andy Allen, Outreach Officer
- Health care
- Community organizations
Restorative Justice: New Orleans
Center for Restorative Approaches
Redefining Justice Through Restorative Approaches
“Restorative Approaches will provide asset-based, participatory methods for changing this reality and strengthen community members’ capacity to develop their own solutions for justice and well-being.” Troi Bechet, Founder and CEO
- Restorative justice
- Social Service
Health Education: Norfolk
New Venture Fund
PSA-2-PSA: Eliminating the Prostate Cancer Disparity
“African American men are experiencing an alarming prostate cancer disparity, having a 60% greater likelihood of being diagnosed with the disease than most ethnic groups and dying at a rate 2.5 times greater than white men. I am developing an innovative media project entitled ‘PSA-2-PSA’ that will increase awareness of this disturbing health inequity.” Terrance Anderson, Health Promotion Educator
- Health equity
- Health education and awareness
Participatory Budgeting: Brooklyn
Participatory Budgeting Project
Real Power Over Real Money = Equitable Public Spending
“I’ve worked to advance equity through grassroots transportation advocacy and active design research. The next frontier is getting elected and appointed leaders to act on good data and the voices of diverse constituents—I’m excited to bring a civic participation lens to advancing a culture of health.” Jennifer Godzeno, Deputy Director
- Public spending
- Civic participation
- Policy and awareness
- Public investment
Culture of Health Leaders is a program of the
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, co-led by
the National Collaborative for Health Equity and
LEADERSHIP PROGRAMS AT THE ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON FOUNDATION
Culture of Health Leaders is just one of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s leadership development programs offering high-level training and funding for people interested in applying their expertise—no matter what discipline—to help make our country healthier and more equitable.
HEALTH POLICY RESEARCH SCHOLARS
Apply Your PhD Research to Build Healthier Communities
Supported by an annual $30,000 stipend, first- or second-year full-time doctoral students from underrepresented populations and/or disadvantaged backgrounds apply their research to build healthier, more equitable communities and diversify the field of future leaders.
INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH LEADERS
Collaborating to Advance Community Change
Teams of three—two researchers and one community partner—come together to use the power of applied research to strengthen communities with annual support of $25,000 per person and a one-time research project grant of up to $125,000 for the team.
Redeﬁne Health in Your Community
Interdisciplinary teams of clinically active professionals receive an annual fellowship of $35,000 for each team member to support a project the team designs to address a challenging health issue in their community.