News and Events

New National Advisory Committee Members Poised to Help Advance Policy-Focused Research

The Policies for Action program is proud to welcome four new members to its national advisory committee: Daniel Dawes, JD, Darrick Hamilton, PhD, Rita Johnson-Mills, MS, MPA, and Karthick Ramakrishnan, PhD. The committee is a group of highly regarded experts and leaders who offer vision and guidance to the P4A program and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) 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. Policies for Action is also grateful for the contributions of the four national advisory committee members that have completed their terms: Mark Duggan, PhD, Arnold Epstein, MD, MA, Anthony T. Lo Sasso, PhD, and Angela Evans, MA.

Policies for Action Announces Nine Grantee Projects

Policies for Action (P4A) is proud to announce the funding of nine research teams across the country as part of its mission to identify policies, laws, and other system and community levers that can help ensure everyone has the opportunity to live a healthier life.

With topics including paid family leave laws, substance use interventions, and vaccine exemptions, these research projects represent truly innovative thinking on some of the most urgent issues of our time.

P4A Researchers Featured at APHA Fall Conference

We are delighted to have a strong presence at APHA's fall conference, "Creating the Healthiest Nation: Climate Changes Health." In addition to the sessions listed below, P4A will be joining our sister programs Evidence for Action and Systems for Action as an exhibitor at the Public Health Expo. We encourage you to stop by booth 623 and say hello! A full booklet of all P4A, E4A, S4A sessions can be found here:

Addressing Housing and Health: How Cities Are Making a Difference

New research from Policies for Action will be featured at a special event, Addressing Housing and Health: How Cities Are Making a Difference, hosted by the National League of Cities and the Urban Institute. The event will explore the role of mayors and city leaders, in partnership with key social sector stakeholders, in achieving better health outcomes through safe, affordable housing initiatives.

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: