Culture of Health Initiative – Funding Opportunity

As many of you know, I am now the Co-PI of a new Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grant supporting achieving a culture of health in the United States.

RWJF_Fact Sheet_2016.01.26

There are opportunities for your schools and communities in this new funding profile from RWJF! The Foundation is putting $10 million/year into 4 different project arms (yes, that’s $40M per year).

·         Doctoral students—any doctoral student from any field who wants to tie their work to a culture of health. I know there are many in Ag related fields who care about communities and economics of health, the built environment, etc.

·         Young Faculty—again, any who would want to partner with a community based organization. This opportunity supports 2 faculty working with a community member/organization (faculty get $25,000 stipend x 2 years + they can apply for a research grant.)

·         Multi sector health leaders—this is your YMCA/YWCA, churches, NGOs, community based organizations– you name it, a very large catch all category. A lot of your university-related groups could fit here.

·         Clinical Leaders—this category supports active mid-career clinicians (MD, RN, RD, DMD, DVM, social workers, OT, PT—so think of people who work in health but also in developmental issues like adults with autism and such)—this is the program I am leading.

Please see the FACT SHEET attached and share this broadly with your colleagues across your institutions.

The national program site launches February 22nd and after that will start a series of public information webinars with more details about the different opportunities.

All of these are leadership training programs and focus on diversity, inclusion, and health disparities, in accordance with the RWJF mission.

Good luck! I hope you see your organizations named as RWJF Culture of Health recipients!

All the best,


Claudia S. P. Fernandez, DrPH, MS, RD, LDN
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Maternal and Child Health
Gillings School of Global Public Health
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
and Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Agricultural & Extension Education
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
North Carolina State University

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