The Policy ThinkShop calls your attention to a very hopeful challenge being proposed by key health leaders and philanthropists nationwide and led by a tremendous investment and vision from the leadership of the RWJ Foundation.
A quote from our Policy ThinkShop comments on this issue:
“After many years of personal, familial and community health experience in the private and public health sectors, we can see real hope and investment in these words and nascent vision from Risa–namely that corporate good is finally being aligned with social good in the areas of personal, family and community health.
The hospital, pharmaceutical and academic sectors have traditionally focused on health as a disease problem and the various commodities and professions associated with the industry that evolved around personal, family, community and public health problems in general. Disease and social suffering have too often been rapped in the injurious cloak of stigma and disdain. Too often we see individual health problems in pejorative ways that lead us away from shared solutions because of the more salient confounding factors we “like” to see. Perhaps empowering the sick and the needy so that they have commitment and a voice to join the proposed transformation of our healthcare culture is a starting place. This can begin through improved interpersonal health communication processes in our health professions at the level of service, for example. It can also be complemented by a health department, by community, by neighborhood initiative that addresses health literacy efficacy on the part of parents, mothers and youth.”
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Robert Wood Johnson Leader Details Plan to Shift Health-Care Strategy – News – The Chronicle of Philanthropy- Connecting the nonprofit world with news, jobs, and ideas.
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