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

Laura Gottlieb (Alumna) Doctors Should Screen for Poverty During Child-Wellness Visits, American Academy of Pediatrics Recommends

Mar 9, 2016 (Washington Post) Pediatricians just declared war on child poverty. For generations, a visit to the pediatrician involved the familiar tongue depressor, a stethoscope, and some vaccinations. But if a professional pediatrics organization has anything to do with it, it will soon also involve a new question: "Do you have difficulty making ends meet at the end of the month?"

Michael Bader (Alumnus) Data Shows How Major U.S. Cities are Slowly Re-Segregating

Mar 7, 2016 (PBS Newshour) Cities in America are slowly becoming more segregated, according to a new study published in Sociological Science. Data compiled by American University professors Michael Bader and Siri Warkentien finds that New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston are experiencing a slower, steadier version of “white flight” that could produce re-segregation over time.

Cassandra Okechukwu (Alumna) Injuries at Work May Increase Risk of Losing One's Job

Feb 8, 2016 (FOX News) Although worker protections are supposed to prevent it, a new U.S. study of nursing home workers finds that within six months of an injury, workers are more likely to lose their jobs. Compared to colleagues reporting no injuries, workers who were hurt were more than twice as likely to be fired in the next six months. "The results demonstrate higher risk of being fired but we don't have data to say why exactly workers are being fired. We can only say that their risks are higher," said lead author Cassandra Okechukwu of the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston.

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