Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and United Health Foundation Award $700,000 in Community Health Grants to National Business Coalition on Health Members
Nine employer-led business
and health coalitions selected to receive grants to improve health in local communities
WASHINGTON – MAY 9, 2013 – To reduce debilitating and
expensive chronic diseases and unnecessary procedures, the Robert
Wood Johnson Foundation
(RWJF) and United Health Foundation (UHF) are awarding a total of $700,000
in community health grants to nine National Business Coalition on
member coalitions. The awards will provide the coalition
communities with resources to assess their key health challenges and plan or
implement efforts to solve them.
Activities from the various coalitions across the United States
include efforts to decrease obesity and tobacco-use rates, jumpstart healthy
eating and living efforts, lower the prevalence of childhood obesity, and
reduce elective pre-term births.
coalitions that recently completed a community health improvement planning
process will receive $100,000 each to carry out their action plans. In
addition, four coalitions will receive $50,000 each for their health planning
efforts, capitalizing on the lessons learned through participation in previous
NBCH-United Health Foundation programs. The funding plays an important role in moving
these communities from education and assessment – using data such as that
included in United Health Foundation’s America’s
Health Rankings® and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s County Health Rankings – to action to improve community health.
and nurturing businesses to engage with their communities to identify and
address priority local health issues is the first step in solving them,” said
Reed Tuckson, M.D., senior adviser, United Health Foundation. “We believe that
these partnerships, supported by the combined efforts of the United Health and
Robert Wood Johnson Foundations, will produce real, meaningful health
Nine coalitions selected
coalitions awarded the $100,000 implementation grants are: Lancaster County Business
Group on Health in Pennsylvania; Memphis Business Group on Health;
Chicago-based Midwest Business Group on Health; St. Louis Area Business Health
Coalition; and Savannah Business Group in Savannah, Ga. The four coalitions
awarded the $50,000 planning grants are: Arizona Business Coalition on Health;
Florida Health Care Coalition; Oregon Coalition of Health Care Purchasers; and
Greater Philadelphia Business Coalition on Health.
grants will enable our business coalition members across the country to move
from assessment to action,” said Andrew Webber, NBCH president and CEO. “It’s
important for the business community to engage in improving community health
and the efforts resulting from these grants are leading the way.”
recently selected NBCH for a Partner Grant in support of the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program.
NBCH will work with member coalitions to identify
their technical assistance and training needs to engage in community health
improvement work. Based on this assessment, they will develop employer-focused
tools and connect members to appropriate content experts and consultants to
facilitate their work.
road to better health for our towns, counties, states and the nation is paved
with collaboration,” said Paul Kuehnert, DNP, RN, team director and senior program
officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. “We can make significant progress on
the health problems we face if the business community and leaders in public
health, government, education, philanthropy and other sectors work together.
These new grants will help inspire the changes we know need to happen to
America’s Health Rankings®
America’s Health Rankings® is an annual
comprehensive assessment of the nation’s health on a state-by state basis. It
is published jointly by United Health Foundation, American Public Health
Association and Partnership for Prevention. For more information, visit
About the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps
The County Health Rankings &
Roadmaps program is collaboration
between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin
Population Health Institute. Ranking the health of nearly every county in the
nation, the County Health Rankings illustrate what we know when it
comes to what’s making people sick or healthy. The County Health Roadmaps show what
we can do to create healthier
places to live, learn, work and play. More at: countyhealthrankings.org.
About the National Business Coalition on
NBCH is a national, non-profit, membership
organization of purchaser-led business and health coalitions, representing over
7,000 employers and 25 million employees and their dependents across the United
States. NBCH and its members are dedicated to value-based purchasing of health
care services through the collective action of public and private purchasers.
For additional information visit: www.nbch.org.
About The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on
the pressing health and health care issues facing our country. As the nation’s
largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care, the
Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to
identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, measurable, and timely change.
For 40 years the Foundation has brought experience, commitment, and a rigorous,
balanced approach to the problems that affect the health and health care of
those it serves. When it comes to helping Americans lead healthier lives and
get the care they need, the Foundation expects to make a difference in your
lifetime. Follow the Foundation on Twitter (www.rwjf.org/twitter)
or Facebook (www.rwjf.org/facebook).
About the United Health Foundation
Guided by a passion to help
people live healthier lives, United Health Foundation provides helpful
information to support decisions that lead to better health outcomes and
The Foundation also supports activities that
expand access to quality health care services for those in challenging
circumstances and partners with others to improve the well-being of
communities. After its establishment by UnitedHealth Group [NYSE: UNH] in 1999
as a not-for-profit, private foundation, the Foundation has committed more than
$200 million to improve health and health care. For additional information,