Fellows in this national leadership development program are researchers and community partners working together in three-person teams.
Some are advancing existing projects; others represent new and unexpected collaborations that bring many perspectives to a critical issue. All are using the power of applied research, which engages the community to define and explore a question, and then applying findings in real time to create measurable changes.
Their work strengthens communities and advances a Culture of Health—one that enables everyone in America to live longer, healthier lives.
Over the course of the program, our fellows build their leadership skills and collaborate across sectors and disciplines. They gain a wealth of new information, perspectives and experiences that leave them feeling refreshed and inspired, with skills to apply immediately in their work. For the community partners, that means customized research and additional resources to support the work they are already doing. For the researchers, it’s an opportunity to make a more immediate and informed impact on their community. And with accompanying funding for fellows’ current work—or a new project they’ve dreamed of pursuing—the entire community benefits.
Each annual class of fellows addresses one of two themes through their leadership training and project work. The cohort applying now (to begin in fall 2018) will focus on “solutions for better health care delivery in rural America” and “addressing the social and economic determinants to prevent chronic conditions and to promote health, wellbeing, and equity in rural America.”
Within these themes, the Interdisciplinary Research Leaders Fellows help build bridges between valuable research and the communities that need it most. Representing many disciplines and backgrounds, they are able to consider all the factors that impact health—education, neighborhoods, transportation, income, faith and more.
Alumni of this program will carry the unique distinction of being a graduate of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation leadership program and become part of a tightly knit network of visionary change agents. Together they will advance a Culture of Health by defining a new style of leadership that places collaboration, innovation and a keen focus on health at the heart of their work—no matter what their research field or community position may be.
Interdisciplinary Research Leaders
Taking bold steps to change the status quo
Meet current Interdisciplinary Research Leaders fellows who are collaborating to advance health and equity across the country. These fellows are spearheading innovative, sector-spanning work and taking bold steps to disrupt the status quo in their communities.
Incarceration & health, marion county
Health Impacts of Mass Incarceration on Indiana’s Children
Promoting Social, Emotional, Developmental Health and Well-Being in Early Childhood
- Childhood health and development
- Public health
- Angela Tomlin, PhD
- Shoshanna Spector, BA
- Karen Ruprecht, PhD
Public Health, Memphis
Impacts of Housing Code Enforcement on Health
Accessing the Impacts of Housing Code Enforcement of Substandard Rental Housing on Health-related Outcomes
- Public health
- Public Housing
- Public safety
- Housing code enforcement
- Steve Barlow, MA, JD
- Christina Plerhoples Stacy, MA, PhD
- Joseph Schilling, JD, BA
Equity in Birth Outcomes, Minnesota
Equity in Natal Health Care
A Community-Based, Culturally-Centered Approach to Improving Birth Outcomes
- Health equity
- Prenatal care
- Culturally-focused health care
- Institutional and interpersonal racism
- Rachel Hardeman, PhD, MPH
- Katy Kozhimannil, PhD, MPA
- Rebecca Polston, CPM, LM [Not Pictured]
Public Health, San Francisco
How housing renovations affect health conditions and care
Identifying Impacts & Experiences of Renovation, Redevelopment and Health in San Francisco
- Public housing
- Public / private partnerships
- Health service data
- Irene Yen, PhD
- Susan Neufeld, MA
- Leslie Dubbin, PhD
LEADERSHIP PROGRAMS AT THE ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON FOUNDATION
Interdisciplinary Research Leaders is just one of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s leadership development programs offering high-level training and funding for people interested in applying their expertise—no matter what discipline—to help make our country healthier and more equitable.
CULTURE OF HEALTH LEADERS
Collaborate. Innovate. Transform Communities.
Individuals working in every ﬁeld and profession receive $20,000 per year to advance a Culture of Health—one that enables everyone in America to live longer, healthier lives.www.cultureofhealth-leaders.org
HEALTH POLICY RESEARCH SCHOLARS
Apply Your PhD Research to Build Healthier Communities
Supported by an annual $30,000 stipend, second-year full-time doctoral students from underrepresented populations and/or disadvantaged backgrounds apply their research to build healthier, more equitable communities and diversify the field of future leaders.www.healthpolicyresearch-scholars.org
Redefine Health in Your Community
Interdisciplinary teams of clinically active professionals receive an annual fellowship of $35,000 for each team member to support a project the team designs to address a challenging health issue in their community.www.clinical-scholars.org