Wanted: Creative Research—From Any Field—Revealing What Makes Everyone In America Healthier [RWJF.org]

 

What does it take for Americans to lead healthier lives? Seems like a simple question, but it takes research to get answers we can act on.

Research is how we will discover what happens to resident and community health when a low-income community in Seattle—pocked with aging infrastructure and troubled, publicly subsidized housing—is transformed into one that sports mixed-income housing, new parks and services that support well-being. It’s a way we can measure thevalue of litigation aimed at forcing school districts in California to comply with state requirements for physical education in schools. Through research, we can pinpoint whether the presence of children in a defendant’s life influences sentencing decisions. And only through research can we further understand how criminal sentences impact the overall health and living arrangements of these children.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is funding these and other studies through its Evidence for Action (E4A) National Program, now in its second year. We want to continue making grants through E4A, which is why we invite you to explore our Call for Proposals(CFP).

At RWJF, we are committed to building a national Culture of Healththat enables all in our diverse society to lead healthier lives, now and for generations to come. A pillar for realizing that vision is evidence—we need to discover programs, policies, practices, procedures and partnerships that are good for our health so we can promote them.

[For more of this story, written by Claire Gibbons, go to http://www.rwjf.org/en/culture...ed_creative_res.html]

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