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RWJF Announces Culture of Health Funding Opportunities

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has announced two funding opportunities that focus on research topics of particular interest to essential hospitals.

The first, Systems for Action: Systems and Services Research for a Culture of Health, will award $250,000 to as many as six projects that test innovative ways to align delivery and finance systems. The Systems for Action studies will extend beyond medical care and public health, incorporating social service systems into research. Applications are due by 3 pm ET, Oct. 10.

Also, RWJF announced a Culture of Health Prize for up to 10 winning communities that have made a commitment to health opportunity and equity. Winners must have a central aim of driving change and creating opportunities for all community members to live healthy lives. Each winner will receive a $25,000 cash prize, customized communications about its communities, and access to the Prize Alumni Network. Applications are due by 3 pm ET, Nov. 1.

RWJF-supported research and partnerships produce results that can help essential hospitals understand and respond to pressing health care issues, such as payment system improvement, sustainable funding, and community investment. For example, RWJF recently sponsored Payment Reform for Population Health, an AcademyHealth program that identified four elements influencing population health funding and finance mechanisms. It also has launched the Accelerating Investments for Healthy Communities initiative with The Center for Community Investment.

To learn more about RWJF funding and partnership opportunities, visit


About the Author

Madeline White is a former research assistant at America's Essential Hospitals.

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