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RWJF Health & Society Scholars Program

NYAM is the National Program Office for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars program, a national program of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The program is based on the principle that progress in the field of population health depends upon multidisciplinary collaboration and exchange. Its goal is to improve health by training scholars to:

  • Investigate rigorously the connections among biological, genetic, behavioral, environmental, economic and social determinants of health; and
  • Develop, evaluate and disseminate knowledge and interventions that integrate and act on these determinants to improve health.

This intensive program is intended to produce leaders who will change the questions asked, the methods employed to analyze problems, and the range of solutions to reduce population health disparities and improve the health of all Americans. The program selects 12 post-doctoral and junior faculty scholars through a national competition and supports two years of training at one of four universities—Columbia University, Harvard University, University of California (San Francisco and Berkeley), and University of Wisconsin-Madison. Scholars are encouraged to move beyond their home disciplines and research methods and work with an interdisciplinary group of colleagues and faculty to investigate the continuum from biological to socioeconomic determinants of health and develop relevant interventions to reduce population health disparities and improve the health of all Americans.

As the National Program Office, NYAM manages and administers the program at each of the four participating universities. NYAM also organizes and hosts annual meetings of current Health & Society Scholars, develops and maintains an alumni network, and provides cross-cutting educational opportunities for the twelve individuals selected for the program.

NYAM's 21st Annual Gala

2013 Annual Report

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