Understanding the Social Determinants of Health
Good health begins where we live, learn, work and play. Stable housing, quality schools, access to good jobs, and neighborhood safety are all important influences, as is culturally competent healthcare. RWJF supports communities with the data, knowledge, and tools to expand their commitment to addressing the social determinants of health so that everyone can live the healthiest life possible.
RWJF supports programs that are continuing to expand our understanding of the social determinants which shape our health. We are helping communities with the data, knowledge, and tools they need to enable everyone to live the healthiest life possible.
Related News and Insights
Read expert perspectives and the latest research from RWJF to explore the opportunities and complexities of this topic.
Researchers Build Community Power to Influence Health in Gentrifying Neighborhoods
RWJF Commission to Build a Healthier America
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Selects 2023 RWJF Culture of Health Prize Finalists
RWJF funds many initiatives in support of our vision for a Culture of Health. For this focus area, these initiatives were selected to demonstrate grantmaking that is helping us achieve the greatest impact.
Culture of Health Leaders
Culture of Health Leaders supports innovators and change-makers across all sectors to address health equity and move communities and organizations toward a Culture of Health.
RWJF Culture of Health Prize
The RWJF Culture of Health Prize honors and elevates U.S. communities working at the forefront of advancing health and equity for all.
County Health Rankings and Roadmaps
This national program highlights the many social and economic factors that influence health and shows how health is influenced by where we live, learn, work and play. The program also offers tools to understand the data and strategies that communities can use to move from education to action.
Current Grant Opportunities
We realize that building a Culture of Health will take unprecedented collaboration and a deeper understanding of where barriers exist and how to overcome them.
We have previously funded opportunities in this area of focus with the goal to strengthen and advance health equity, and we have more work to do.
Evidence for Action: Innovative Research to Advance Racial Equity
12/14/22 - Received request from PO to revert CFP to not include two new associate directors. Standard practice is to include Director and Deputy Director names on CFP. 12/14/22 - Received request from NPO to update CFP to include two new associate directors. 3/15/22 - Meeting with Claire, Adam, Roshani - This program is for researchers to submit ideas about research over time. REL prioritizes good ideas to try to turn them into grantees. Each applicant doesn't go through every phase. Relaunch with revised CFP and applicant and reviewer phases.