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Program Direction

Direction and technical assistance for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars program is provided by The New York Academy of Medicine, which serves as the national program office (NPO).

The New York Academy of Medicine advances solutions that promote the health and well-being of people in cities worldwide.
Established in 1847, The New York Academy of Medicine continues to address the health challenges facing New York City and the world’s rapidly growing urban populations. We accomplish this through our Institute for Urban Health, home of interdisciplinary research, evaluation, policy and program initiatives; our world class historical medical library and its public programming in history, the humanities and the arts; and our Fellows program, a network of more than 2,000 experts elected by their peers from across the professions affecting health. Our current priorities are healthy aging, disease prevention, and eliminating health disparities.

Responsible staff members at the NPO are:
  • Jo Ivey Boufford, M.D., national program director
  • Christine Bachrach, Ph.D., national program director
  • Gerard P. Lebeda, deputy director
  • Jeffrey D. Price, program manager

The NPO provides technical assistance and direction to the sites, monitors site performance and program progress, manages the annual scholar recruitment and selection process, organizes the program’s annual meeting and convenes a NAC.

Responsible staff members at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation are:

  • Pamela G. Russo, M.D., M.P.H., senior program officer
  • Nancy Fishman, B.S.N, M.P.H., senior program officer and interim team director
  • James Mendez, program financial analyst

About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing our country. As the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, measurable, and timely change.

For 40 years, the Foundation has brought experience, commitment and a rigorous, balanced approach to the problems that affect the health and health care of those it serves. When it comes to helping Americans lead healthier lives and get the care they need, the Foundation expects to make a difference in your lifetime.

A complete copy of the Call for Applications for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars program, as well as many other Foundation publications and resources, is available on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Web site.