Amy Gonzales

The program has fundamentally changed the focus of my research. I am now asking questions that can inform policy, and I have never been more passionate about the research process.


About Us

The RWJF Health & Society Scholars program is designed to build the nation’s capacity for research, leadership and policy change to address the multiple determinants of population health.


The program is based on the principle that progress in the field of population health depends upon collaboration and exchange across disciplines and sectors.


Each year, the program enables up to 12 outstanding individuals who have completed their doctoral training to engage in an intensive two-year program at one of four nationally prominent universities.

Featured Scholars

Alison Buttenheim

Currently, she is focused on the use of behavioral economic principles (including financial incentives and intrinsic rewards) to encourage behavior change and take-up of preventive care services in the area of maternal-child health.



 HSS News

Cassandra Okechukwu (Alumna) Workaholics are More Likely to Drink Too Much Alcohol

Jan 13, 2015 (Los Angeles Times) A long workweek may drive you to drink, new research shows. Researchers analyzed data on more than 430,000 people and found that those who worked at least 49 hours a week were up to 13% more likely to engage in “risky alcohol use” compared with those who were on the job for only 35 to 40 hours a week, according to a study published Tuesday by the journal BMJ.

Danya Keene & Jason Houle (Alumni) Health Problems Can Lead to Loss of Home

Jan 7, 2015 (Reuters) People who develop a debilitating or chronic illness could be at least twice as likely to default on their homes or risk foreclosure, a recent U.S. study suggests.

Amani Nuru-Jeter (Alumna) Poverty Leads to Death for More Black Americans Than Whites

Jan 5, 2015 (The Guardian) Being poor has an adverse effect on one’s health and poorer communities have a higher mortality rate. That’s no secret, admits Amani Nuru-Jeter, associate professor at University of California Berkeley.

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