Research Hubs

In addition to funding investigator-initiated research through our annual call for proposals, Policies for Action collaborates with special Research Hubs across the country to foster high-impact policy research. These Research Hubs provide unique, transdisciplinary settings to develop a portfolio of strategic policy research to explore how policies, laws, and regulations in both the public and private sectors can help build a Culture of Health.

Research Hubs conduct research within specific issue areas, such as housing, transportation and financing, and provide strategic support for the program and its grantees. They bring valuable expertise and experience conducting research that matters at the local, state and national policy levels.

Where We Work

New York University Wagner Graduate School of Public Service

The Policies for Action Research Hub at NYU’s Wagner School will extend their original research portfolio (to include a stronger focus on housing instability, criminal justice, and education), and further advance the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s focus on healthy communities, by examining the effects of non-health policies on health in the context of place.

Vanderbilt University

The Policies for Action Research Hub at Vanderbilt is uniting a rich set of health and education data to better understand the challenges faced by children in Tennessee, especially those who are at risk of falling behind on key health and educational outcomes.