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To Improve Health and Health Care: Volume XV: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Anthology

Stephen L. Isaacs (Editor), David C. Colby (Editor), Risa Lavizzo-Maurey (Foreword by)
ISBN: 978-1-118-48814-0
368 pages
October 2012, Jossey-Bass
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TO IMPROVE HEALTH AND HEALTH CARE, VOLUME XV

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Anthology

For forty years, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has been dedicated to improving the health and health care of all Americans. To reach this ambitious goal, the Foundation strives to foster innovation, develop ideas, disseminate information, and enable committed people to devote their energies to improving health and health care. As part of the Foundation's efforts to inform the public, To Improve Health and Health Care, the anthology series of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, offers an in-depth look into the programs it funds. Created for policy makers and practitioners, as well as interested members of the public, the series offers valuable lessons for those developing plans and programs in the health field and related fields.

To Improve Health and Health Care is written by some of the country's leading health and health care journalists, as well as experts from universities and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. To celebrate the Foundation's fortieth year, this special volume includes:

  • A forty-year retrospective look at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and its activities
  • A conversation with the president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Risa Lavizzo-Mourey
  • Reprints of chapters from previous volumes that illuminate the philosophy and inner workings of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Chapters on noteworthy programs funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, including:
    • Project ECHO
    • The Food Trust
    • The Health & Society Scholars and Young Epidemiology Scholars programs
    • Child FIRST
    • County Health Rankings & Roadmaps
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Foreword v
Risa Lavizzo-Mourey

Significant and Long-Lasting Change: Editors’ Introduction vii
Stephen L. Isaacs and David C. Colby

Acknowledgments xiii

Section One: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation at Forty 1

Original Chapters

Editors’ Introduction to Section One 3

1. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation at Forty 5
David C. Colby, Stephen L. Isaacs, and Sarah G. Pickell

2. A Conversation with Risa Lavizzo-Mourey 37
Stephen L. Isaacs

Reprints from Past Anthologies

3. Terrance Keenan: An Appreciation (reprinted from Volume IX) 67
Digby Diehl

4. The Five Cs (reprinted from Volume IX) 95
Risa Lavizzo-Mourey

5. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Approach to Evaluation (reprinted from Volume XI) 101
James R. Knickman and Kelly A. Hunt

6. Communications at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Turning Up the Volume, Adjusting the Frequency (reprinted from Volume XIII) 125
Frederick G. Mann and David J. Morse

7. National Programs: Understanding the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Approach to Grantmaking (reprinted from Volume VIII) 155
Robert G. Hughes

8. Tending Our Backyard: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Grantmaking in New Jersey (reprinted from Volume V) 179
Pamela S. Dickson

Section Two: Programs 201

9. Project ECHO: Bringing Specialists’ Expertise to Underserved Rural Areas 203
Sara Solovitch

10. The Food Trust: Increasing the Availability of Healthy Food 225
Will Bunch

11. Populating Population Health: The Health & Society Scholars and the Young Epidemiology Scholars Programs 249
Tony Proscio

12. Child FIRST: A Program to Help Very Young At-Risk Children 279
Digby Diehl

13. County Health Rankings & Roadmaps 307
Irene M. Wielawski

The Editors 333

The Contributors 335

Index 339

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Stephen L. Isaacs is managing partner of Isaacs/Jellinek and president of Health Policy Associates in San Francisco, California.

David C. Colby is vice president for research and evaluation at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Princeton, New Jersey.

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