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For a decade, the Academy was proud to serve as the National Program Office for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars (HSS) program. The program closed after the graduation of the final cohort of scholars in February 2017.
Update: in April 2019, the journal SSM - Population Health published findings from an evaluation of the program by Academy researchers. The findings included that HSS alumni have higher scholarly productivity and impact than control group and are more engaged in population health research than controls.
The program was based on the principle that progress in the field of population health depends upon multidisciplinary collaboration and exchange. Its goal was to improve health by training scholars to:
Investigate rigorously the connections among biological, genetic, behavioral, environmental, economic and social determinants of health; and
Develop, evaluate and disseminate knowledge and interventions that integrate and act on these determinants to improve health.
This intensive program was designed to produce leaders who would change the questions asked, the methods employed to analyze problems, and the range of solutions to reduce population health disparities and improve the health of all Americans. The program selected 12 post-doctoral and junior faculty scholars through a national competition and supported two years of training at one of four universities—Columbia University, Harvard University, University of California (San Francisco and Berkeley), and University of Wisconsin-Madison. Scholars were encouraged to move beyond their home disciplines and research methods and work with an interdisciplinary group of colleagues and faculty.
As the National Program Office, the Academy managed and administered the program at each of the four participating universities. The Academy also organizeed and hosted annual meetings, developed and maintained an alumni network, and provided cross-cutting educational opportunities.