205403 RWJF Commission to Build a Healthier America

Tuesday, November 10, 2009: 1:00 PM

Wilhelmine Miller, PhD , Department of Health Policy, George Washington University, Washington, DC
David R. Williams, PhD, MPH , Department of Society, Human Development and Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA
Paula A. Braveman, MD, MPH , Family and Community Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation established the Commission to Build a Healthier America (CBHA) a national, independent, non-partisan group of leaders with expertise both in and outside the health care field in early 2008. The Commission was charged to 1.) raise awareness of how non-medical factors such as education, the social and physical environment, income and housing affect health and longevity and how the relationships between these factors and race or ethnic group create and exacerbate social disparities in health among Americans, and 2.) formulate and promote the adoption of promising private and public non-medical policies and interventions to improve health and reduce health disparities across social class, income, and racial and ethnic groups. The Commission held a series of field hearings, fact-finding visits and experts' meetings across the country to investigate non-medical interventions linked with measurable health improvements. In April 2009, the Commission will release recommendations on specific, feasible steps that foundations, corporations, communities, faith-based organizations and government at every level can take to improve health and reduce health disparities. This session will present and discuss the Commission's recommendations, the science base for the recommendations, efforts to build support for and implement the Commission's recommendations, and the RWJ Foundation's plans for future activities to support wide dissemination and ultimately implementation of the Commission's recommendations.

Learning Objectives:
1.Describe the RWJF Commission to Build a Healthier America and summarize its recommendations 2.Describe how health is affected by social factors. 3.Identify 4 ways to improve the health of all Americans through non-medical sector policies. 4.Describe the efforts of multi-sector national or community collaborations to develop and implement the RWJF CBHA recommendations.

Keywords: Health Disparities, Policy/Policy Development

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Wilhelmine Miller is the Associate Staff Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to Build a Healthier America. She has overseen all aspects of the Commission, including policy development and dissemination. Therefore she is in a position to discuss the overall goals and any follow-up activity.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.