The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) formed the Commission to Build a Healthier America to investigate why Americans aren’t as healthy as they could be and to look outside the health care system for ways to improve health for all. From February 2008 to December 2009, the Commission studied prevention, wellness and the broader factors that influence good health – conducting site visits, hearing testimony from experts, and issuing 10 recommendations to dramatically improve health for all Americans.
Although the official work of the Commission came to a close in December 2009, RWJF is committed to carrying on the legacy of the Commission and its recommendations by integrating the work and findings of the Commission into all of its programming addressing the social determinants of health. The Commissioners will continue to serve as ambassadors to their communities at large and the Commission’s Web site will continue to be available as a resource.
To learn more about the Foundation's continuing work to improve health for all Americans, visit RWJF.org.
Commissioner Podcast Series
Commission to Build a Healthier America
December 17, 2009
Hear what the Commissioners have to say about the journey of the Commission to Build a Healthier America, the recommendations that they developed and the future of health in America in a final Podcast Series on the Leadership Blog.
A Closing Word from Risa Lavizzo-Mourey on the Commission to Build a Healthier America
President and CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
December 17, 2009
After a year and a half, two major reports and national events, three regional field hearings, nine issue briefs, two chart books, and more than 50 meetings with leaders from government and the private sector, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to Build a Healthier America has come to a close.
The Farrington And Singleton Families
Beginning at even the youngest ages, the educational, social and other opportunities that children have are strongly linked to their health later in life. Although worlds apart in many respects, two North Carolina families both credit their children's experiences in the same Chapel Hill preschool with providing not only the skills in reading and writing that prepare them for kindergarten, but also the motor and social skills that are also critical for succeeding in school.
Meet The Farrington And Singleton Families