Culture of Health Leaders are people working in every ﬁeld and profession who want to use their inﬂuence to advance a Culture of Health where every resident has a fair opportunity to live a long, healthy life.
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 leaders come 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 our current leaders who are collaborating to advance a Culture of Health. 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
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, Inhealth Strategies
- Health care
- Community organizations
Healthy Eating: Honolulu
Increasing Food Access And Healthy Eating In Underserved Communities
“Poor food access impacts people’s health and well-being, affects their ability to learn, and increases chronic disease and obesity risks. It also has major consequences for our health care system, our economy, and our country’s stability. I am sincerely grateful for this opportunity to be supported in finding better and more creative approaches to helping everyone have access to healthy food and the ability to participate in a Culture of Health.” Tina Tamai, Executive Director, Hawaii Good Food Task Force, The Kohala Center, Inc.
- Access to Healthy Food
- Health Equity
Affordable Housing: Roxbury
Building Equitable Communities Through Affordable Housing
“The most pressing health needs in my community have been unmet, not due to lack of effort, but due to lack of a shared vision.” Robert Torres, Director of Community Engagement, Urban Edge Community Development Corporation
- Affordable Housing
- Economic Development
- Community Building
Participatory Budgeting: Brooklyn
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, Participatory Budgeting Project
- 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, 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 grant funding up to $525,000 to support a project the team designs to address a challenging health issue in their community.