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Trust for America's Health Receives $7.6 Million Grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to Advance the Quality and Impact of the Public Health System

Tuesday, September 25, 2007 General News J E 4
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WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 Trust for America's Health(TFAH) today announced it has received a three-year, $7.6 million grant fromthe Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to continue its efforts to ensureAmericans will have a high quality, accountable and adequately funded 21stcentury public health system that serves all Americans and helps them leadhealthier lives.

"This generous support will enable us to analyze the best research andbuild consensus among the most seasoned experts about how to achieve ahealthier America," said Governor Lowell Weicker, President of the Board ofTFAH and former Governor and three-term U.S. Senator from Connecticut.

The grant will fund the launch of "A Healthier America" project to helpcreate a vision and agenda for protecting the health of families andcommunities all around the nation.

"The Healthier America project will help expand how the nation viewspublic health. Preventing health problems is not solely a governmentresponsibility. It will take government, businesses, public health,healthcare and individuals in every community working together to make thecountry a healthier place to live, work and play," said Jeff Levi, PhD,Executive Director of TFAH.

"We are proud to stand with TFAH and other partners in supporting theHealthier America project. Together, we hope to achieve a more effective,modern and accountable public health system with the resources needed toimprove health and save lives," said Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA, presidentand CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Over the next three years and against the backdrop of national electionsand a new Administration, TFAH will work with a broad coalition of partners toadvance a vision and establish a blueprint for how to modernize the publichealth system.

The grant will also help support TFAH to continue ongoing efforts towardimproving U.S. health and preparedness by communicating and educatingpolicymakers and the public, promoting the benefits of a modern public healthsystem, developing reports and studies on the most important issues facingAmericans' health, and improving the quality and content of health informationavailable online, especially with respect to disease prevention.

Trust for America's Health is a non-profit, non-partisan organizationdedicated to saving lives by protecting the health of every community andworking to make disease prevention a national priority.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health andhealth care issues facing our country. As the nation's largest philanthropydevoted exclusively to improving the health and health care of all Americans,the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals toidentify solutions and achieve a comprehensive, meaningful and timely change.For more than 35 years the Foundation has brought experience, commitment and arigorous, balanced approach to the problems that affect the health and healthcare of those it serves. Helping Americans lead healthier lives and get thecare they need -- the Foundation expects to make a difference in our lifetime.For more information, visit http://www.rwjf.org.

Media contacts: Laura Segal 202-223-9870 x278 or lsegal@tfah.org or IlyseVeron 202-223-9870 x 29 or iveron@tfah.org

SOURCE Trust for America's Health
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