The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is committed to improving health and health equity in the United States. In partnership with others, RWJF is working to develop a Culture of Health rooted in equity that provides every individual with a fair and just opportunity to thrive, no matter who they are, where they live, or how much money they make. And yet it is clear: we have much work to do to ensure an equitable health system for everyone. AcademyHealth has a long history of working with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to administer research grantmaking programs and to support research portfolios that seek to transform health and health care systems so that they are more equitable and centered on people’s goals and needs. Health Systems Research for Equity includes research examining a range of areas, including how to build trust and mutual respect, issues related to affordability and health insurance design, innovation in Medicaid to meet enrollees’ health and social needs, and community-led research projects that make the priorities of communities the primary goal of local health system transformation efforts. The research awarded to date focuses on the following topics:
Community organizations co-lead four new studies examining affordability of care for historically marginalized communities, awarded under the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Research in Transforming Health and Healthcare Systems program, managed by AcademyHealth.
Experimentation in the Medicaid program creates an opportunity for states to modify their Medicaid programs to better meet enrollees’ health and social needs. Projects under the Research in Transforming Health and Healthcare Systems program examine Medicaid innovation, through Section 1115 Waivers or managed care organizations.
The inaugural 10 studies will studies will address local health care system issues of importance to communities of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQ+ individuals, and other historically marginalized populations.