RWJF lecturer

ABOUT THE CENTER

In February 2009, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) awarded Meharry Medical College a multi-million dollar endowment to establish the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College. Meharry is the nation's largest private historically black academic health center, and RWJF is the largest philanthropy devoted solely to improving the health and health care of all Americans. The Center for Health Policy aims to provide leadership in health policy education along with research and reform on national, state, and local levels, while continually supporting Meharry Medical College's historic mission of improving the health and health care of minority and underserved communities.

The mission of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College is to increase the diversity of health policy leaders in the social, behavioral, and health sciences, particularly sociology, economics, and political science, who will one day influence health policy at the national level.

The Center accomplishes its mission through six aims:

  • Recruiting and matriculating African American and Hispanic social scientists into the field of Health Policy;

  • Developing a strong, collaborative environment that supports health policy education and partnership among faculty, fellows, scholars, and leadership  that spans across Meharry Medical College and Vanderbilt University College of Arts and Science;

  • Cultivating a thriving academic partnership and culture among faculty, fellows, and visiting scholars at Meharry Medical College and Vanderbilt University;

  • Supporting research and scholarly development among faculty, fellows, and scholars;

  • Creating a national reputation and image for the RWJF Center for Health Policy at Meharry Medical College, as a leading source for health policy, analysis, and research; and

  • Sustaining the RWJF Center for Health Policy by acquiring external funding for research and research infrastructure.