Center for Global Policy Solutions Receives $1.5 Million Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grant to Drive Health Equity Agenda

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“Allies for Reaching Community Health Equity” will advance best practices to address health disparities and improve social and economic outcomes

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The Center for Global Policy Solutions (CGPS) today announced it received a $1.5 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to create a yearlong health equity initiative that seeks to strengthen families and communities and build a culture of health. “Allies for Reaching Community Health Equity” (ARCHE) will advance equitable public health strategies across the social determinants of health that work to combat disparities by race, gender, geography, and income while building a culture that supports healthier kids and communities.

“Health is often overlooked as a key indicator of socioeconomic inequality,” said Dr. Maya Rockeymoore, president and CEO, CGPS. “At the same time, many fail to understand how education, employment, and civic engagement affect health outcomes. The ARCHE initiative will underscore that connection for policymakers, community and business leaders, health practitioners, and families who face inequities in health every day. We look forward to working with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to create inclusive opportunities for good health and to change the national conversation on health equity.”

Through two component parts, the Health Equity Design (HED) Lab and the Culture of Health Institute for Leadership Development (CHILD), the ARCHE initiative will build the capacity of RWJF network members and community advocates to do effective health equity work, drive consensus and action around new strategies and solutions, and increase appreciation for the importance of achieving health equity goals.

The HED Lab will bring together RWJF team members, health researchers, practitioners, and community stakeholders. Under the direction of CGPS, the Lab will incubate and vet the best strategies and innovative solutions to be used by the field at large to drive change. Further, the HED Lab will provide technical assistance to organizations seeking to implement health equity strategies.

CHILD is designed to build health equity capacity and leadership in the public health field. CGPS will offer trainings, an online resource center, and host online and in-person learning conversations featuring experts from across the country.

The ARCHE initiative will also create a Health Equity Experts Network, a collaborative of specialists whose focus areas encompass the social determinants of health. The voices of these experts will be amplified through media and outreach projects to impact the national dialogue on health equity.

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About the Center for Global Policy Solutions
Founded on the principle that a more inclusive nation is a stronger, more prosperous one, the Center for Global Policy Solutions is a 501(c)(3) that equips leaders and organizations with the tools to effect change, driving society toward inclusion. Drawing on our unique blend of policy and advocacy expertise, we advance communication strategies, research, programs, and policies that promote health, education, economic, and civic success for vulnerable populations. Follow CGPS on Twitter at @PolicySolutions and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/globalpolicysolutions/

About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
For more than 40 years the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to improve health and health care. We are working with others to build a national Culture of Health enabling everyone in America to live longer, healthier lives. For more information, visit rwjf.org. Follow the Foundation on Twitter at http://www.rwjf.org/twitter or on Facebook at rwjf.org/facebook.

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