Sept. 28, 2015


National Academy of Medicine Receives $10 Million From Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to Establish Culture of Health Program

WASHINGTON – The National Academy of Medicine has been awarded a $10 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to establish a multi-year Culture of Health Program, the Academy announced today.  The program's aims will be to identify the conditions and solutions needed for all to achieve equitable good health and well-being and to examine the policies and practices needed to support a culture that promotes health.

Half of the grant will establish a Culture of Health endowment; the remaining $5 million will be used to support project activities such as consensus studies related to the program, which will be carried out by the Institute of Medicine, the health arm of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.  The National Academy of Medicine will appoint an advisory committee to oversee a range of activities that will focus on assessing the evidence base, identifying types of successful and sustainable practices, policies, and partnerships, and examining how to promote health equity and scale effective efforts.

Individual health is shaped by many economic and social factors such as income, education, access to quality health care, geography, and race and ethnicity.  The uneven access to the conditions that are needed for good health across the U.S. has been well-documented, as have the effects of poor health not only for individuals but also their families and society.

The first five years of the Academies-wide program will focus on identifying and developing effective community-based strategies to promote health equity.  To kick off these efforts, a consensus study will begin in late 2015 to review the state of health disparities in the U.S. and identify examples of community-based solutions to address them.

“To build a Culture of Health in America, we must find partners capable of providing rigorous, effective, and inclusive programming that addresses our nation’s significant gaps in health equity,” said Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, President and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. “This investment will help us to identify organizations and communities that are ready to achieve positive change at a scale that will enable all to live healthier lives, regardless of who they are or where they live.”

“All Americans deserve an equal opportunity to achieve good health, but too often, the circumstances under which they are born, live, work, and age can get in the way,” said National Academy of Medicine President Victor J. Dzau. “Through this generous grant, we are excited about working with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to develop evidence-based solutions toward creating a shared culture of health that gives each of us access to quality care, nutrition, fitness, and the other fundamentals needed for healthy, productive lives.”

For more than 40 years the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to improve health and health care. The Foundation is striving to build a national Culture of Health that will enable all to live longer, healthier lives now and for generations to come. For more information, visit Follow on Twitter at or on Facebook at

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are private, nonprofit institutions that provide independent, objective analysis and advice to the nation to solve complex problems and inform public policy decisions related to science, technology, and medicine. The Academies operate under an 1863 congressional charter to the National Academy of Sciences, signed by President Lincoln. More information on the Academies is available at



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