News and Events

Launching P4A Spark

Today, Policies for Action is launching a dedicated blog, P4A Spark. The platform is designed to foster wide-ranging conversations, highlight new and innovative research, and translate our growing body of evidence in ways advocates, policymakers, local leaders, researchers and other stakeholders in our community of practice can act on. We hope that this blog informs, inspires, and helps people in their work to create a Culture of Health.

P4A Opens 2017 Call for Proposals

Today, Policies for Action opened its 2017 call for proposals, which will award $2 million to research projects that explore the impact of policy on population health, well-being, and equity. The award includes $500,000 dedicated to research that explores the implementation and/or impact of actionable policies relevant to early childhood or the school environment (prekindergarten through 12th grade) that support children’s healthy weight or reduce childhood obesity.

Building a Culture of Health through Policies for Action

As part of its broad vision to build a Culture of Health in the U.S., the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) created the Policies for Action (P4A) research program. P4A’s goal is to develop the evidence base on policies, laws, system interventions, and community dynamics that improve population health, well-being, and potentially achieve health equity. This September, the Urban Institute partnered with RWJF in assuming the role of the P4A national coordinating center (NCC).

Policies for Action Announces Six Grantee Projects

Policies for Action (P4A) is proud to announce the funding of its first six grantee projects. Founded in 2015, P4A funds research identifying policies, laws, and regulations in the public and private sectors that can support the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF’s) mission to build a Culture of Health. As a part of this effort, the following projects are now underway:

Policies for Action National Coordinating Center to Be Operated By the Urban Institute

The Urban Institute began operating the Policies for Action (P4A) National Coordinating Center (NCC) on September 1, 2016. The Urban team has taken on the administrative functions of the NCC, including grants administration, meeting logistics and coordination, and communication and dissemination support. The Urban team will continue in its role as a research hub focused on housing and food sector policies; state fiscal and income-related policies; and health care policies.

National Advisory Committee Members Announced

The Policies for Action program is proud to welcome its National Advisory Committee (NAC) — a group of highly-regarded experts and leaders who offer vision and guidance to the P4A program and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in an effort to achieve the mission to fund research identifying policies, laws, and other regulatory tools in the public and private sectors that can support RWJF’s mission to build a Culture of Health.

2016 Call for Proposals

Policies for Action (P4A) launched its first call for proposals today. Submissions should address the significant gaps in our knowledge regarding what policies can serve as levers to improve population health and well-being, and achieve greater levels of health equity.

Policies for Action to Collaborate with University of Michigan, New York University and Urban Institute

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Policies for Action (P4A) program will collaborate with three Research Hubs to explore how policies, laws, and regulations in both the public and private sectors can support building a Culture of Health.