The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) announced on May 19, 2015, the new direction for its Research-Evaluation-Learning Team (REL) under the Culture of Health vision, and research on laws, regulations, and policies is a key component.
The Public Health Law Research program (PHLR) has been part of the REL team for about a year. The REL team will now include three signature research programs that will support RWJF’s commitment to learning about what builds a Culture of Health. RWJF has committed roughly $25 million in new funding over the next three years for these three new programs, which will provide new funding opportunities for continued research of the policies, laws, system interventions, and community dynamics that improve health and well-being, with emphasis on sectors not typically associated with health, such as transportation and housing.
Together, these programs will support analyses of the impact of innovative programs and policies on overall health and well-being, and explore topics that extend beyond the traditional understanding of health as just the absence of illness, to a broader understanding of well-being that is influenced by a range of factors affecting communities, the environment, and other social and economic determinants of health.
PHLR will continue its work over the next 12 months, providing support to our current and past grantees as they produce and disseminate their findings. PHLR and its website will remain a resource for research methods, materials, and scientifically rigorous evidence.