March 26, 2015 |
Building on its ambitious goal to create a "culture of health" in America, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is adding coaches and competitions to help local communities take up the challenge. The additional support reflects the size of the task: getting schools, businesses, transportation agencies, and other institutions to take responsibility for their communities' health. Princeton, N.J.-based RWJF may be the nation's largest health philanthropy, but its power to change the culture rests mainly on whether it can persuade local leaders to play along.
September 6, 2014 |
There was plenty of bad news and a little good news in the latest report on America's weight problem. In their annual look at the state of obesity in America, two major foundations concluded Thursday that obesity was stabilizing in the U.S. but that we're still way too fat. There are still troubling racial and economic disparities when it comes to obesity, a risk factor for serious, expensive health problems. Baby boomers are the fattest generation. Children seem to be doing better.
June 27, 2014
A story Thursday on the new grant-making criteria for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation contained incorrect totals for its grants. The foundation gives away about $400 million a year. Active multiyear grants total about $108 million in New Jersey and $76 million in Pennsylvania, including $63 million in Philadelphia. The incorrect information was supplied by the foundation.
June 27, 2014 |
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is getting a makeover. It wants new health ideas to go viral. It wants partners in business and government, to magnify its impact. And it seeks game-changing ideas from inventors to improve doctor visits and reshape medicine into a "culture of health. " The nation's largest health philanthropy has long been focused on discrete health problems such as smoking and obesity. But in a major policy shift publicly discussed Wednesday for the first time, the Princeton-based foundation is seeking to up its game and inspire mass movements.
July 12, 2013
TODAY, THE CITY will unveil a new anti-poverty strategy, and since ours is one of the poorest big cities in the nation, it's not a moment too soon. Poverty is a complicated problem, but recent headway that the city has made on childhood obesity may provide optimism for our ability to grapple with this seemingly intractable problem. Like poverty, childhood obesity is complex: driven by poverty, policy and other cultural and social factors, all of which has, in the past 30 years, doubled the rate of obesity in children and tripled it in adolescents.
May 11, 2013 |
Rutgers University will receive a $12.5 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to help cover the cost of integration into the school of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Rutgers announced Thursday. The cost, estimated most recently at $76 million over the next three years, will be borne by Rutgers under the proposed state budget for next year. President Robert L. Barchi has said a the lack of funding would mean delaying maintenance and the start of some programs, though he did not offer specifics.
October 27, 2012 |
When the leader of the nation's largest health philanthrophy looks at the world today, she sees great opportunity and growing challenge. Scientists have more data and can better measure the quality of health treatments, notes Risa Lavizzo-Mourey. But "some of the things we used to look at as gaps" - income disparity and political polarization - "are now more like chasms. " And then there's money. "We are much more cognizant of health-care spending than we've ever been in the time I've been in this," said Lavizzo-Mourey, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which is based in Princeton.
February 18, 2010 |
To be healthy, it helps to be wealthy - or at least not poor. That was brought home in stark fashion yesterday by a new report that ranks Chester County residents the healthiest in Pennsylvania, and Philadelphians the least healthy. Camden County came out near the bottom in New Jersey. The findings were not a surprise to health-policy experts, who say factors such as obesity, education, and exposure to crime and pollution - all related to poverty - are at least as important as good medical care for maintaining health.
March 6, 2009 |
Terrance Keenan, 85, of Newtown, Bucks County, who as an executive and consultant with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Princeton distributed more than 900 grants to health-care institutions and providers, died of heart failure Feb. 25 at Manor Care in Yardley. "Terry Keenan set the standard for creativity, caring, and vision in philanthropy. He never lost sight of the people he was trying to help," foundation president Risa Lavizzo-Mourey said. In 1972, Mr. Keenan became vice president of the foundation, which had recently received a $1 billion bequest from Robert Wood Johnson, then chief executive officer of Johnson & Johnson.