RWJF Center for Health Policy at UNM

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About Us

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Center for Health Policy is a collaborative project between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of New Mexico. The purpose of the Center is to increase the diversity of those with formal training in the fields of economics, political science and sociology who engage in health services and health policy research. Particularly, the Center seeks to become a nationally recognized locus for health policy research that will support work to inform health policy debates at multiple levels.

Our Story

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy (RWJF Center) is dedicated to increasing the diversity of health policy leaders in the social, behavioral and health sciences and nursing. The RWJF Center’s goal is to increase the number of social and health scientists from Latino, American Indian and other racial and ethnic communities underrepresented in these fields.

The RWJF Center scholars will learn to become a new generation of health policy leaders through on-the-job research, policy analysis training, leadership development and community capacity building.

We will primarily invest in the five disciplinary areas that the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has historically cultivated to improve the quality of health services research and policy analysis:

  • Economics
  • Political Science
  • Public Health
  • Sociology
  • Nursing

Our nation’s health policy can only be improved through insightful identification of issues, innovative interdisciplinary analysis of solutions and careful evaluation of policy implementation. Center scholars will be trained to help decision-makers develop more effective health policies by offering a broader view of critical issues and expanding the knowledge base for potential solutions. Scholars from underrepresented communities will also provide unique observations on our increasingly multicultural society that will enrich analytic frameworks, redefine issues and offer different perspectives. We continue to focus on:

  • Conducting research and policy analyses that addresses the many social, political and economic factors that contribute to the inequities we observe in health and health care in our society.
  • Supporting leadership development activities that encourage interdisciplinary collaboration among scholars in the social, behavioral and health sciences.
  • Building stronger and richer connections with our communities so that they can share their knowledge and teach us how best to improve the health and well-being of the individuals living in their environment.

For more information about the RWJF Center for Health Policy, please contact us at:
RWJF Center for Health Policy
MSC02 1645
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131
Phone: (505) 277-0130
Fax: (505) 277-0118