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News Article | May 10, 2017
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The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) honors Sharon A. Wilkerson as a 2017-2018 inductee into its VIP Woman of the Year Circle. She is recognized with this prestigious distinction for leadership in entrepreneurship. NAPW is the nation’s leading networking organization exclusively for professional women, boasting more than 850,000 members, a thriving eChapter and over 200 operating Local Chapters. “I’m pleased to welcome Sharon into this exceptional group of professional women,” said NAPW President Star Jones. “Her knowledge and experience in her industry are valuable assets to her company and community.” For three decades, Sharon Wilkerson, Ph.D., has been a leader in nursing education. As Founding Dean of the Texas A&M College of Nursing, she helped to build the college from the ground up, and under her leadership, the college has seen tremendous growth. From an inaugural class of 44 baccalaureate nursing students in 2008, on one campus, the college has grown to include 437 BSN students at four locations. Recently, the college was named a Center of Excellence by the National League of Nursing. “My areas of expertise include leadership, curriculum and faculty development,” said Wilkerson. “This honor highlights the many programs that I have started.” Before joining Texas A&M, Wilkerson held administrative and teaching roles in nursing at several institutions, including Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Purdue University, Indiana University, Indianapolis, Wayne State University, Detroit and the University of Pennsylvania. Awards & Accomplishments: Ph.D., Wayne State University, Nursing; Completed post-doctoral clinical nurse scholar fellowship with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, University of Rochester; Master of Science, University of Pennsylvania, Nursing, specializing in Pediatrics and Nursing Education; Bachelor of Science, University of Houston, Psychology; Bachelor of Science, University of Hawaii, Nursing; Diploma Graduate, Hermann Hospital School of Nursing; Academy of Nursing Education, Fellow; Texas A&M University Distinguished Achievement Award for Administration, Spring 2016 About NAPW NAPW’s mission is to provide an exclusive, highly advanced networking forum to successful women executives, professionals and entrepreneurs where they can aspire, connect and achieve. Through innovative resources, unique tools and progressive benefits, professional women interact, exchange ideas, advance their knowledge and empower each other.


NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - May 11, 2017) - A group of leading organizations from the behavioral science community today launched the Behavioral Evidence Hub, a comprehensive resource that brings together some of the world's most promising innovative solutions into a single tool, putting them within easy reach of all those working to solve a wide range of intractable problems affecting the wellbeing and livelihood of people around the world. The website, BHub.org, includes evidence-based initiatives that offer deep insight into tough problems negatively impacting people in the U.S. and globally -- from staying in college and increasing savings rates to improving medication adherence and vaccination uptake. The site also features solutions and implementation guidelines for practitioners interested in using the insights and innovations in their own work. Backed by leading experts, the solutions featured on the B-Hub are focused on applying behavioral science for social good. The goal of the new site is to bridge the gap between promising academic research and large-scale deployment of behaviorally-informed solutions in products, systems and programs. With the launch of the B-Hub, practitioners can now easily access potential new solutions across a wide range of problem domains including health, education, criminal justice, environmental conservation, and financial inclusion. The B-Hub's easy-to-use format enables users to discover insights by problem domain, geography or solution format. Users can browse through the curated database of content, focus on specific insights that might be applicable to their own work, or run their existing programs through a checklist to determine how behaviorally optimized it is. The site is open-source and supported by contributions from the researchers and organizations producing the innovations and solutions. It was built by a community of experts including ideas42, Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), and the Center for Health Incentives & Behavioral Economics at the University of Pennsylvania (CHIBE). Ongoing content development is supported by a growing network of contributors including the Behavioral Insights Group at the Harvard Kennedy School, the OECD, and the U.K.'s Financial Conduct Authority. The site is made possible in part by support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and others. In a joint statement, the founding organizations ideas42, IPA, and CHIBE said, "The path to expansive social impact through applied behavioral science is now clearer than ever. The B-Hub is an invaluable tool for researchers, government experts and other practitioners engaged in finding solutions to tough problems. This platform provides insights that can help drive change more effectively -- and often at low cost. The B-Hub was created with the core mission of centralizing knowledge, increasing social impact, and tracking the growth of applied behavioral interventions around the world. It's easy to use, contains effective solutions, and we hope it becomes a go-to resource for problem-solvers everywhere."


Selected from nearly 620,000 entries nationwide, these three schools are the 2017 grand prize winners and will be awarded $30,000 in cash and sporting goods and a new PlayCubesTM Playground from Playworld, a leading manufacturer of imaginative playground and fitness equipment (entire prize package valued at $60,405 each).  Randolph Elementary School was the first winner ever of the grand prize to a U.S. military base or installation for a school or community organization serving the children of active duty military. Sunset Park Elementary was awarded the grand prize for a school that qualifies for Title I funding due to the number of students receiving free or reduced price lunch. "Welch Elementary is so excited about our Healthy Playground grant.  Our mission is, 'We Ensure the Success of Each Student'.  In order for students to be successful, they must be well rounded and feel good about themselves.  This will give our students the opportunity to get fit and show their success." – Janice Smith, Principal, Welch Elementary School "As an urban school located near downtown Wilmington, qualifying for a 100% free breakfast and lunch program, many of our families struggle to initiate and/or maintain a healthy lifestyle. This prize will allow us to focus some of our energy and resources into assisting our students and families to learn how a healthy lifestyle will help them achieve their goals.  As you know, a healthy body and mind are keys to success." – Diego Lehocky, Principal, Sunset Park Elementary School "Wow!  A new playground for our kids!  A playground is the place for children to develop not only physically but emotionally.  It's every child's dream and for the military child, it's the best place to be to meet a new friend." – Allana Hemenway, Principal, Randolph Elementary School, Randolph Field Independent School District. The Smart from the Start Awards empower preschool teachers to strategize wellness initiatives using the free Smart from the Start Pre-K curriculum in their classrooms. Sacred Heart School in Camden, NJ will receive a $20,000 grant for their action plan to focus on eating a variety of fruits and vegetables and incorporating more physical activity in and out of the classroom.  Sacred Heart students lack access to green space for physical activity and high rates of violence and crime make many parents hesitant about letting their children play outdoors. To improve health and wellness habits for their students, Sacred Heart School used the Smart from the Start lessons to get their preschoolers moving more while also making efforts to include fresh produce in meals and snacks. In addition, parents received a newsletter on nutrition. Sacred Heart School will use the award grant to create an outdoor classroom, develop a Health and Wellness Library with resources for students to bring home, and purchase cooking equipment to enable the school to have family cooking nights. "We are so grateful for this award and the long-term impact it will have! We are eager and excited to make investments in equipment and materials that will enhance nutrition and physical activity for our children for years to come, both at school and in partnership with their families." – Cheryl Heatwole, Montessori Preschool teacher, Sacred Heart School. To see a comprehensive list of all winners and prizes please visit, http://www.togethercounts.com/at-school/win-for-your-school. Established in 2010, the Together Counts program is a comprehensive health and wellness initiative designed to encourage students, educators and families to live healthy lifestyles. Since the program's launch, a total of more than $1.6M has been awarded to deserving schools across the country.  Available at no cost, the program offers educators and students nationwide standards-based curriculum, as well as the chance to win cash grants and equipment for their schools. Updated in 2016 to address overall wellness, lesson plans tailored to Pre-K, K-2 and 3-5 teach goal-planning skills and strategies for developing lifelong resilience. All lesson plans, family resources and incentive programs can be found at http://www.togethercounts.com/; follow @TogetherCounts on Twitter and Facebook. "Empowering children to make healthy decisions that become healthy habits for life is a top priority in the battle to reverse obesity rates," said Becky Johnson, Executive Director of the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation.  "Rewarding schools that develop and implement innovative healthy lifestyle programs is the perfect way to honor their leadership and develop a compendium of best practices that can be adopted in other communities at the same time. We are proud to support these programs and congratulate all of the winners." "Discovery Education is proud of our continued partnership with the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation to reward schools across America through the Healthy Playground Makeover Sweepstakes and Smart from the Start Awards for their impactful efforts on improving students' health and wellness," said Lori McFarling, Senior Vice President, Discovery Education. "These programs offer the opportunity to teach the importance of health and wellness, and help establish healthy habits for students early on." About Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF) is a broad-based not-for-profit organization whose mission is to help reduce obesity, especially childhood obesity, by encouraging positive and permanent lifestyle changes among school-aged children and their families. The Foundation develops and implements innovative and collaborative educational, marketplace and community solutions with its coalition of 300 corporate and not-for-profit partners.  Through its free, award-winning Together Counts™ wellness curriculum, the Foundation has reached more than 44 million students in the U.S. As the first commitment to former First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move initiative and verified by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, HWCF's food and beverage company members gave consumers more lower calorie options by removing 6.4 trillion calories from their products– surpassing their pledge by more than 400 percent three years ahead of schedule. In June 2016 the program expanded internationally with the launch of the Latin American Commitment to a Healthy Future at the World Economic Forum in Medellín, Colombia. www.healthyweightcommit.org About Discovery Education Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional development, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education's services are in half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries. Discovery Education partners with districts, states and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Discovery Education is powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com. About Playworld Playworld is a division of PlayPower® Inc. and believes The World Needs Play®. Play is vital to everyone's health and well-being. It's something you are never too young or too old to enjoy. We develop playground environments where creativity is king, belly laughs are welcome and children make the rules. Playworld equipment is designed to unleash the transformational power of play so bodies grow stronger, children play safely and imagination can take flight. For over 45 years, Playworld has created innovative, inclusive and meaningful outdoor play experiences for all ages and abilities. Visit Playworld.com. 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News Article | May 18, 2017
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FRAXA Will Receive Award for Its Dedication to Repurposing Treatments for a Known Cause of Autism -- Cures Within Reach, the leading global nonprofit focused on repurposing research as a fast track to saving patient lives, will honor FRAXA Research Foundation (FRAXA) at the 5th Annual Global Health Repurposing Awards (GHRA). FRAXA will receive the 2017 Golan Christie Taglia Patient Impact Philanthropy Award for efforts to find treatments for a rare disease called fragile X syndrome. Dr. Michael Tranfaglia, FRAXA's co-founder, will be accepting this award on his organization's behalf. He will be presented with the award on June 27, 2017 at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel in Chicago, IL.Fragile X syndrome is a rare disease that is a known cause of autism worldwide. FRAXA was founded in 1994 after three new parents' sons were born with fragile X syndrome. Since its founding, FRAXA's goal has been to accelerate the pace of fragile X research. FRAXA also knows that repurposing treatments are a key part of the research equation: of the $25 million FRAXA has funded in biomedical research since its inception, $3 million was earmarked for more cost-effective repurposing research. In fact, Dr. Tranfaglia's son's fragile X is treated with a repurposed therapy."Cures Within Reach is pleased to recognize FRAXA," noted GHRA Co-Chair Nicole Boice, CEO and Founder of Global Genes, a leading global rare disease patient advocacy organization. "Given how prevalent fragile X is as a rare disease, research for this disorder has been drastically underfunded. The commitment FRAXA has had in dedicating funding to repurposing research creates promise for many patients. For this and many other reasons, we are honored to award this organization for their innovation and forward thinking related to drug re-development."The rare disease focus at this year's GHRA commemorates Cures Within Reach's first repurposing success, which found that the drug sirolimus created a life-saving treatment for a rare disease called autoimmune lymphoproliferative syndrome. The four Global Health Repurposing Awards that will be presented will honor leaders in business, science, medicine and philanthropy. The awardees' achievements have made a difference in patients' lives through repurposing research that finds new uses for existing drugs, devices and nutraceuticals."I am honored to receive the 2017 Golan Christie Taglia Patient Impact Philanthropy Award on FRAXA's behalf," Dr. Tranfaglia, FRAXA co-founder, remarked. "This award will continue to raise awareness of the key role repurposing treatments can play in treating disorders like fragile X and other rare diseases."The Golan Christie Taglia Patient Impact Philanthropy Award, recognizes an individual, group or organization that has created positive patient impact by advocating for patients or contributing to the growth of repurposing research through financial, operational or professional philanthropic support. Previous awardees include: Dr. Nicolas Sireau, with Professor Lakshminarayan Ranganath, AKU Society; Lori Melichar representing the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; George and Judy Goldman, Goldman Philanthropic Partnerships;and Golan and Christie LLP. The award was named in honor of its first awardee, Golan Christie Taglia LLP, in gratitude for its many years of financial and in kind support for Cures Within Reach.To attend the 2017 GHRA and honor all awardees, visit http://www.cureswithinreach.org/ ghra-2017 ABOUT CURES WITHIN REACHCures Within Reach ( http://www.cureswithinreach.org ) works to catalyze repurposing research to quickly and affordably improve patient lives. We accomplish this by connecting funders with researchers to jumpstart repurposing research clinical trials, by providing collaboration tools so repurposing stakeholders can work together more easily, and by pioneering alternative finance engines and incentives for repurposing research. Cures Within Reach's repurposing research projects have generated over a dozen "new" treatments making patient impact through off-label use in clinical practice or through a commercialization track. Cures Within Reach currently has 24 repurposing research projects either funded or approved for funding. Visit us at www.cureswithinreach.org or follow us via Twitter @CuresWReach, LinkedIn.com/company/cures-within-reach, YouTube.com/cureswithinreach or Facebook.com/CuresWithinReach.ABOUT CUREACCELERATOR™Cures Within Reach built CureAccelerator (http://www.cureaccelerator.org)to provide a global collaboration space and marketplace for repurposing research that can deliver effective solutions to unsolved diseases. The CureAccelerator platform was built with a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, to provide a platform in which drugs, devices and nutraceuticals approved for one or more human diseases can be repurposed to create "new" treatments in other diseases. CureAccelerator has over 1,000 users who have proposed 120 projects, of which more than 20 have received funding and are moving towards patient impact.ABOUT FRAXA RESEARCH FOUNDATIONFounded in 1994, FRAXA is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization based in Newburyport, Mass. Committed to finding a cure for fragile X, FRAXA has funded more than $25 million in biomedical research, yielding discoveries that are changing the lives of families coping with fragile X. FRAXA is one of the most efficient and effective charities in the world, with management and general expenses under 4 percent and research expenditures at 86 percent. Three Nobel Laureates sit on its volunteer Scientific Advisory Board.


News Article | May 22, 2017
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"Vericred is an infrastructure company. Our role is to enable innovation in health and benefits by delivering the data and services that all industry innovators need, but which doesn't make sense for each to build on their own," says Michael W. Levin, Vericred's co-founder and CEO. "We are thrilled to partner with FCA to leverage their deep domain knowledge and network. With their investment, we will have the resources necessary to scale our sales team, expand the breadth and depth of our datasets and to introduce related services to enable important new functionality." "Vericred's centralized data platform is unique and highly scalable. With its combination of a strong management team and great technology, Vericred is positioning itself to power health insurance and employee benefit related applications, transactions and insights across the industry," says Matthew King, co-managing partner at FCA Venture Partners. Since the launch of Vericred's first API in September 2015, the company has enjoyed 165% compound revenue growth. Clients include GetInsured, EaseCentral, Maestro Health, Decisely, Wellthie, Maxwell Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  For more information visit www.vericred.com. Vericred, a leading healthcare data services company, partners with carriers across the nation to deliver structured health insurance data to insurtech platforms that are transforming today's healthcare industry. With a mission to drive innovation in healthcare through data, Vericred's data solutions enable functionality, speed deployment and reduce costs for health and insurtech companies, while its modern API allows for hassle-free data delivery for insurance carriers. Learn more at www.vericred.com FCA Venture Partners, a family of funds founded in 1997, is located in Nashville, Tennessee. FCA Venture Partners focuses on early and growth stage Healthcare IT, Digital Health and Technology companies. The fund is positioned to take advantage of the multiple opportunities provided by current disruptions in the economy and efforts by the healthcare industry to reduce costs and become more efficient in this changing marketplace. Learn more at www.claytonassociates.com/fca-venture-partners. For high res images, biographies and fact sheets, click here. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/vericred-closes-55-million-series-a-round-led-by-fca-venture-partners-300461105.html


News Article | May 16, 2017
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A team led by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago, along with collaborators at the University of Michigan and Sage Bionetworks, has won the Mood Challenge for ResearchKit, a contest that called on researchers to come up with new ways to study mood disorders using Apple's ResearchKit, an open-source platform for creating iOS apps. BiAffect, which unobtrusively monitors mobile device usage, including keyboard dynamics such as typing speed to predict manic and depressive episodes in people with bipolar disorder, was developed by a team led by Dr. Alex Leow, associate professor of psychiatry in the UIC College of Medicine and professor of bioengineering and computer science, and Peter Nelson, professor of computer science and dean of the UIC College of Engineering. The BiAffect team will receive the $200,000 grand prize to continue to refine and launch their app in the App Store. The Mood Challenge is a New Venture Fund program funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. "The vision for BiAffect is for it to serve as a kind of 'fitness tracker' for the brain," said Leow. "The Mood Challenge helped us to realize this vision, and the finished app will be a first-of-its kind tool for researchers to study mood disorders and even cognitive disorders such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease." BiAffect would also help researchers determine the efficacy of different treatments for bipolar and other mood disorders. The project has been a personal endeavor for Nelson, whose adult son was diagnosed with bipolar disorder as a freshman in college. "I began working on this idea many years ago as a way to help my son, and to see it come to fruition with this kind of recognition, and to know that the app will be out there to help people get a better understanding of this disorder is thrilling," Nelson said. Bipolar disorder, which causes extreme mood swings between the emotional highs of manic episodes and low periods of depression, affects approximately 5.7 million, or 2.6 percent, of adult Americans, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Diagnosis relies on careful history-taking and examination. In previous research, Leow and Nelson, in collaboration with Kelly Ryan, clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Michigan, completed a pilot study of 30 participants that showed altered keystroke dynamics correlated with depressive and manic episodes in people with bipolar disorder. "During a manic episode, people with bipolar disorder exhibit some common behaviors, such as talking really, really fast, with diminished self-control and flight of ideas," Leow said. "It is thus natural that they also exhibit similar abnormalities in non-verbal communications that are typed on their phones." Spell-check requires the smartphone user to pause and determine whether to edit or accept suggestions made by auto-correct rather than to simply keep typing. "People in the midst of a manic episode commonly have reduced impulse control, so it is not surprising that our pilot data supported that they tend to blow through the spell-check alerts," Leow said. During depressive episodes, typing a long message may become laborious, and messages tend to be shorter, she explained. "Unobtrusively monitoring health from an iPhone combines low-cost scalability with far-reaching impact to potentially improve the lives of millions of people," said Nelson. The Mood Challenge attracted more than 70 applications after it launched just over a year ago. BiAffect and four other semi-finalist teams were recommended by a panel of judges to receive $20,000 and expert mentorship at a two-day app design boot camp. BiAffect was selected as one of two finalists last October and received an additional $100,000 to develop their ResearchKit design into a prototype to pilot. Other senior personnel of BiAffect include Dr. Olusola Ajilore, Scott Langenecker, Dr. Neil Smalheiser, Dr. Philip Yu and Dr. Jennifer Duffecy of UIC, and Dr. Melvin McInnis and Kelly Ryan of the University of Michigan. The lead iOS developers are Andrea Piscitello and Faraz Hussain. Dr. John Zulueta, and Bokai Cao of UIC and the Motus Design Group are also members of the BiAffect team.


News Article | May 23, 2017
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Character Playbook, an award-winning "Education, K-12 Course," is an example of the innovative approaches United Way and its partners are taking to support youth success. In response to the bullying reported by 62% of America's teaching professionals, and an increase in unhealthy behaviors that are surfacing in middle schools, Character PlaybookTM was developed as a digital learning initiative sponsored by the National Football League (NFL) and United Way. Since its launch one year ago, more than 56,000 students in more than 560 schools have completed nearly 208,000 Character Playbook modules. Character Playbook uses evidence-based strategies to educate students on how to maintain healthy relationships during their critical middle school years. The graphic novel style of the course engages students in interactive educational activities that challenge them to better understand their own values and relationships with others, and get on a path towards an emotionally healthy future. The program is so unique and timely, that it was recently recognized with a GOLD Stevie Award in the "New Product of the Year, Education, K-12 Course or Learning Management Solution" Category by the American Business Awards. http://www.characterplaybook.com/ "Good character is a critical building block of strong individuals and strong communities," said Brian Gallagher, President and CEO of United Way Worldwide.  "By helping young people develop and recognize healthy relationships and stand up to bullying, Character Playbook is providing our next generation with the tools to succeed – and it becomes another great example of how the NFL and United Way are combining the love of team with a deep commitment to community to make a difference." United Way is involved in other initiatives to promote youth success, such as: * County Health Rankings & Roadmaps Framework:  Through a partnership with Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, United Way works to change the way communities see health and wellness.  The County Health Rankings & Roadmap Framework produced by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute creates annual rankings of every county in every state – these rankings can then start local conversations about what makes each community healthy and how new partnerships can create stronger communities where youth can succeed.  United Ways across America use the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps tools to help improve education and economic prospects, and to support healthy behavior among young people. For example, United Way of Central Ohio's comprehensive strategy to reduce poverty, which is informed by the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, is inclusive of "home"—place based strategies that support safe neighborhoods and decent housing. Programs that create meaningful activities for youth are a critical component of "home." By working with partners such as The Ohio State University and Nationwide Children's Hospital, United Way of Central Ohio has leveraged their resources to build and renovate affordable housing and create healthier neighborhoods for people to live, work, play, and succeed. Learn more about the health of our communities at: http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/ Additionally, hundreds of local United Ways are working every day with educators, parents, policymakers and other partners to improve education in their communities. This work ranges from helping at-risk middle schoolers gain access to after-school enrichment programs, to connecting struggling students with the supports they need to succeed, to helping first generation college students obtain post-secondary degrees.  Below are some community-based examples: United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. Supported by 2.8 million volunteers, 9.8 million donors worldwide, and more than $4.7 billion raised every year, United Way is the world's largest privately-funded nonprofit. We're engaged in nearly 1,800 communities across more than 40 countries and territories worldwide to create sustainable solutions to the challenges facing our communities. United Way partners include global, national and local businesses, nonprofits, government, civic and faith-based organizations, along with educators, labor leaders, health providers, senior citizens, students and more. For more information about United Way, please visit www.UnitedWay.org, Read our annual report: https://www.unitedway.org/annual-report/2015  Follow us on Twitter: @UnitedWay and #LiveUnited. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/united-way-is-fighting-for-youth-success-in-innovative-ways-300461121.html


Lavizzo-Mourey R.,Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Academic Medicine | Year: 2015

The United States spends $2.7 trillion a year on health care, more than any other country by far, and yet the U.S. population is not healthy. In fact, the United States loses $227 billion in productivity each year because of poor health. This is not sustainable-and it is the reason behind the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Culture of Health initiative. Culture of Health means so much more than simply not being sick. It means embracing a definition of health as outlined by the World Health Organization - A state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being. And it means shifting the values-and the actions-in the United States so that health becomes a part of everything we do. Health is the bedrock of personal fulfillment. It is the backbone of prosperity and the key to creating a strong and competitive nation. With health, children can grow up making the most of life's opportunities. Businesses can rely on the vitality of workers to stay competitive, and the military can perform at its highest level. But there is no single way to cultivate health. This Commentary explores the principles behind the Culture of Health initiative and examines the role of academic medicine in achieving this vision. Different communities must come up with the approaches that serve them best. Only by working toward a common goal in unique ways will a true Culture of Health be attainable in the United States.


Hassmiller S.B.,Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Health Affairs | Year: 2013

Throughout its history the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has made a deep commitment to nursing, investing more than $592 million in programs to sustain, grow, and reshape the nurse workforce. In recent years the foundation has adopted strategies to expand the impact and reach of its nursing grants. The RWJF supported the 2010 Institute of Medicine (IOM) study on the future of nursing, which envisioned expanded roles for nurses in the US health care system. Since then, the RWJF has invested heavily in implementing the IOM report's recommendations through the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, a partnership with AARP. In the past three years, that report has been the most-read IOM publication. Also, "action coalitions" are working in fifty states and the District of Columbia to implement its recommendations; philanthropic partners are also supporting implementation; and leaders in academic and clinical nursing settings continue their work to advance nurse education, changes in scope of practice, and other IOM recommendations. © 2013 Project HOPE - The People-to-People Health Foundation, Inc.


Wernham A.,Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Health Affairs | Year: 2011

The importance to public health of environmental decisions-including those about land use, transportation, power generation, agriculture, and environmental regulation-is increasingly well documented. Yet many decision makers in fields not traditionally focused on health continue to pay little if any attention to the important health effects of their work. This article examines the emerging practice of health impact assessment and offers real-world examples of its effective implementation, including studying the impact of nearby highways-a major source of air pollution-on proposed new housing for seniors. The article argues that officials at the federal, state, and local levels should consult health experts and consider using health impact assessments when their decisions on such issues as urban planning, land use, and environmental regulation have the potential to directly affect the conditions in which people live and work. © 2011 Project HOPE-The People-to-People Health Foundation, Inc.

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