The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

For more than 40 years the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has worked to improve health and health care. RWJF is striving to build a national Culture of Health that will enable all to live longer, healthier lives now and for generations to come. For more information, visit Follow the Foundation on Twitter at or on Facebook at

An American Culture of Health is one in which:

  1. Good health flourishes across geographic, demographic and social sectors.
  2. Attaining the best health possible is valued by our entire society.
  3. Individuals and families have the means and the opportunity to make choices that lead to the healthiest lives possible.
  4. Business, government, individuals, and organizations work together to build healthy communities and lifestyles.
  5. Everyone has access to affordable, quality health care because it is essential to maintain, or reclaim, health.
  6. No one is excluded.
  7. Health care is efficient and equitable.
  8. The economy is less burdened by excessive and unwarranted health care spending.
  9. Keeping everyone as healthy as possible guides public and private decision-making.
  10. Americans understand that we are all in this together.

Connection and cooperation among health related sectors is essential for building a Culture of Health, where health is a fundamental and guiding social value and everybody has the opportunity to live longer, healthier lives. DASH aims to surface the challenges and opportunities in connecting information systems and sharing data across sectors that contribute to a Culture of Health.

Responsible staff members at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation are:

Hilary Heishman, MPH, Senior Program Officer
Anne Weiss, MPP, Managing Director
Quiana Lewis, MPH, Program Associate