Due Date: 06/09/21
Funder: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is the nation’s largest philanthropy dedicated solely to health. Since 1972, they’ve supported research and programs targeting some of America’s most pressing health issues—from substance abuse to improving access to quality health care—and they have witnessed great progress. They have also noticed that the nation has worked to improve health by focusing primarily on the health care system when in fact, people’s health is influenced significantly by where they live, learn, work, and play. Time and time again, they have come to recognize that no matter the issue, no single organization or sector can change the trajectory of America’s health alone. RWJF is working alongside many others to build a national Culture of Health. The organization’s goal is to help raise the health of everyone in the United States by placing well-being at the center of every aspect of life to bring about meaningful change, now and for generations to come.
About the Opportunity
Achieving racial equity and health equity in American communities requires effective solutions to the “wrong-pocket problem”: investing in systems that are designed to improve social and economic conditions—such as housing, transportation, education, income, and employment assistance; child and family supports; and legal and criminal justice services—but the financial benefits of these often flow elsewhere, in reduced costs for medical care from diseases and injuries prevented. This creates imbalances in power, information, and financial resources that exist across medical, social, and public health systems—a fundamental problem that confronts many attempts at meaningful cross-sector collaboration. Such solutions must allow collaborating organizations to equitably share in the costs and the benefits of multi-sector collaborative initiatives, and to share in the power and influence that govern these initiatives. This call for proposals (CFP) will provide funding for new research to rigorously test and evaluate innovative solutions to the wrong-pocket problem that persists across health and social service systems.
Letters of Intent are due April 30, 2021. Proposals are due June 9, 2021.