National Commission to Issue Sharp Warning That Efforts to Improve Health Will Fail Unless the Nation Invests in Broad New Efforts Outside the Health Care System

RWJF Commission to Build a Healthier America to Release New Recommendations that Call for Major Initiatives in Early Childhood Development, Creating Healthy Communities, and Broadening Role of Health Care Providers; Funding Early Childhood Development For All Children by 2025 Critical to Nation’s Health

On January 13, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to Build a Healthier America will issue new recommendations aimed at improving health now and for generations to come.  The recommendations and new report, from a nonpartisan, diverse group of national experts and thought leaders, will highlight the need to:

  • Prioritize investments in America’s youngest children
  • Encourage leaders in different sectors to work together to create communities where healthy decisions are possible
  • Challenge health professionals and health care institutions to expand their focus from treating illness to helping people live healthy lives

Building on its original work from 2009 – which helped advance a national movement to address non-medical factors that affect our health – the RWJF Commission to Build a Healthier America reconvened in 2013 to assess changes that could have the greatest and most immediate impact on improving health. The Commission will release the new recommendations on Monday, January 13, 2014, at 2:30 p.m. ET, during a live online event from the Newseum’s Knight Studio in Washington, DC.

The event will feature Commission Co-Chairs Mark McClellan and Alice Rivlin; Commission Staff Director, and the leading national expert on social determinants of health, David Williams; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation President, Risa Lavizzo-Mourey; and Commission members (full list below). Innovative programs and policies from across the nation will be highlighted, including tangible examples of the kind of change the Commission is calling for on a broad scale.

Register for the January 13 live online event now.

For More Information or to RSVP: Please contact Sara Knoll at 301-652-1558 or

sknoll@burnesscommunications.com; or Christine Clayton at 609-627-5937 or media@rwjf.org.

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Posted on January 11, 2014, in Affordable Care Act, Children and Families, General, Low-Income Families, Public Health Policy. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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