Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Our Approach
At RWJF, we are working alongside others to build a national Culture of Health. Our goal is to help raise the health of everyone in the United States to the level that a great nation deserves, by placing well-being at the center of every aspect of life.

We are very aware that achieving this will take unprecedented collaboration—a movement for better health. At the same time, we also know we are far from alone in our belief that everyone should have the opportunity to lead a healthier life. And by working alongside many others, we can bring about meaningful change, now and for generations to come.

Racism and bias are often at the root of communities of color and other communities being excluded from policy considerations, often by design. This program attempts to address those issues directly: by supporting communities to identify a problem that negatively affects consumers; envision solutions; and partner with health care systems to implement them.

Total Awards

  • Grants of $300,000 each over three years will be awarded through this program.
  • A total of nine grants will be awarded.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted that communities of color are disproportionately burdened by racist and oppressive systems—from health care to education to housing—with significant consequences to physical and mental health. The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on communities of color are evident in the health care system, and are compounded by inequitable community systems.

Community Solutions for Health Equity is a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) launched in the summer of 2019. It is focused on elevating the voices of communities of color and other communities left out of discussions when local health care systems in the United States are creating policy. Racism and bias are often at the root of communities of color and other communities being excluded from policy considerations, often by design. This program attempts to address those issues directly: by supporting communities to identify a problem that negatively affects consumers; envision solutions; and partner with health care systems to implement them.”

Purpose

Consumer groups and community-based organizations bring a deep understanding of community needs, assets, and culture to health care ecosystem work. The health care ecosystem includes the full spectrum of organizations and social structures that impact a person’s health and health care. Too often, the priorities of health care systems (hospitals, providers, and insurers) do not line up with the priorities of community-based organizations and the consumers living in the communities to whom the health care systems are providing service.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

The Foundation is interested in engaging diverse groups and organizations, including those that have limited experience receiving grants of this size. We do require that the awards go to an organization that has the capacity to manage awards of this size, either directly or with the benefit of technical assistance. Smaller organizations with more limited administrative and financial capacity may demonstrate how they can rely on technical assistance or may engage another organization, such as a fiscal sponsor, to apply for this award and oversee and manage the grant. Please see the frequently asked questions (FAQs) for additional information on technical assistance and fiscal sponsors.

To be considered for a grant, applicants must meet all of the following eligibility criteria:

  • Awards will be made to organizations, not to individuals. If your group does not yet have an official organization [such as a 501(c)(3) or an LLC], then you must identify an organization, such as a fiscal sponsor that will submit the application; oversee the grant; receive and administer grant payments; monitor the use of grant funds; and submit annual and final reports to the Foundation.
  • Applicant organizations must be based in the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands; and
  • Applicant organizations must demonstrate the capacity to manage awards of this size, either directly or with the benefit of technical assistance.
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