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Culture of Health Leaders

Opportunity for USA Individuals to Participate in
a Public Health Leadership Development Program

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)

Deadline Date:

02/20/19 3:00 PM ET Receipt


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Opportunity and stipend of up to $20,000 per year to USA and Territories individuals affiliated with qualifying institutions to participate in a leadership development program addressing public health issues in the United States. Additional funds of up to $35,000 will also be available for activities related to the implementation and evaluation of a community-based strategic initiative that promotes a Culture of Health.

This structured three-year program is for any individual—from any walk of life (for-profit, nonprofit, government, or social enterprise)—who is highly motivated, ready, and open to learn, lead, and collaborate with organizations, communities, systems, and policymakers to build a Culture of Health in our nation. Leaders come from the technology, education, housing, transportation, social sector, business, the arts, and countless other disciplines.

The Culture of Health Leaders curriculum and experience is designed to equip and support leaders through a process that helps them achieve mastery of self, relationships, environment, and change. By the end of the three years, leaders will apply the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion to create sustainable change in their communities, organizations, or systems.

Selected participants should expect to spend 32–38 hours per month throughout the program in a combination of distance/online learning and in-person meetings (up to three each year, including an annual leadership institute), including:

- An individual leadership development plan that includes self-assessments, personal leadership development goals, and plans for sustaining your leadership development and impact after you complete the program;
- Intensive executive coaching, based on best practices from the business sector;
- Self-directed, individual leadership development activities;
- Launching a bold strategic initiative that you’ll identify in year 2, using stakeholder input, data, and rapid-cycle learning;
- Developing and leading a team to implement your strategic initiative; and
- Cross-sector network-building, including leaders within other RWJF programs.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179172

Number of Grants:

The program will select up to 40 leaders for the 2019 cohort.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant funds from RWJF will include:
- Stipend: up to $20,000 per year for three years (total of up to $60,000)
- Project funds: funding of up to $35,000

Term of Contract:

The program begins September 1, 2019. Selected leaders will receive a stipend and program benefits for three years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant eligibility:

- The Culture of Health Leaders program is open to individuals from any walk of life who are committed to working with organizations, communities, health systems, and policymakers to build a Culture of Health in America.
- Applicants must be at least 21 years old as of September 1, 2019.
- Federal, state, tribal and local government employees are eligible to apply unless they are considered government officials1 under Section 4946 of the Internal Revenue Code.
- Applicants must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or individuals granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at the time of application. As federal policy or laws change, we may need to consider adjustments in eligibility and grant terms.
- Individual candidates for receipt of award funds cannot be related by blood or marriage to any Officer2 or Trustee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, or be a descendant of its founder, Robert Wood Johnson.

A sponsoring institution must possess the administrative and financial capacity and experience to accept the award and be:

- Based in the United States or its territories;
- Willing to receive the funds from RWJF; and
- Able to distribute funds in a manner that is consistent with RWJF policies (described in “How Can You Use Culture of Health Leaders Grant Funds?”).

Sponsoring institutions will typically be the participant’s employer, however, other sponsoring institutions are permitted, including organizations with which the applicant has a collaborative or partnering relationship. These organizations could include local nonprofits, faith-based organizations (including worship communities), and businesses. A sole proprietorship is not eligible to be a sponsoring institution.

RWJF policy won’t allow grant funds to be used to support clinical trials of unapproved drugs or devices, to construct or renovate facilities, for lobbying, or for political activities.

Pre-Application Information:

Key dates and deadlines:

- February 20, 2019 (3 p.m. ET): Deadline for receipt of full applications, including video and references.
- May 13–24, 2019: Semifinalist interviews, Washington, D.C. (attendance required).
- Mid-June 2019: Notification of finalists.
- July 10, 2019: Deadline for receipt of finalist supplemental applications.
- September 1, 2019: Program begins. Stipend funding initiated for program participants.
- October 2019 or January 2020 (date TBD): Convening, date and location TBD (attendance required).
- May 2020 (date TBD): Convening, date and location TBD (attendance required).
- 2020 (date TBD): RWJF Annual Leadership Institute, date and location TBD (attendance required)


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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:

Theresa Lewallen, MA, Deputy Director
(202) 765-2500

Culture of Health Leaders
1301 Connecticut Ave, Suite 200
Washington, D.C. 20036

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)