Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Community Solutions for Health Equity
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.
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.
Amount: Nine grants of $300,000 each over three years will be awarded
Eligibility: Official organization [such as a 501(c)(3) or an LLC], or applicants who apply through an organization, such as a fiscal sponsor. 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.
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