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Now Accepting Applications for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars Program

The New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM), national program office for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars Program, supports the foundation’s principle that progress in the field of population health depends upon multidisciplinary collaboration and exchange. In serving as the national program office NYAM helps to produce the next generation of leaders who will reduce population health disparities and improve the health of all citizens.

"The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is supporting programs on the cutting edge of public health policy, so to have this National Program Office at the Academy is a real honor for us. It is exciting for the Academy to link its own research and applied programs on the health of people living in cities to this important academic network preparing the next generation of leaders in population health."

——Dr. Jo Ivey Boufford, President of The New York Academy of Medicine, and Director of the National Program Office.

As the National Program Office, NYAM works with the participating universities: Columbia University, Harvard University, University of California (San Francisco and Berkeley), University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, and University of Wisconsin, to manage and administer the program, organize and host annual meetings of current Health & Society Scholars, develop and maintain an alumni network, and provide cross-cutting educational opportunities for all scholars.

Eighteen individuals, who have completed their doctoral training and show outstanding potential, will be selected to engage in an intensive two-year program, receive a stipend of $89,000 annually and be trained 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.

"The program will have a lasting impact on the type of research I conduct throughout my career because it has expanded the way I think about the links between social and biological sources of inequality, the methods available to assess these links, and the range of ways to confront inequality."

—Patrick Sharkey, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar, Columbia University.

Key Dates

  • October 2, 2009—Deadline for receipt of applications.
  • February 2010—Notification of acceptance.
  • August or September 2010—Entry of scholars into the program at participating universities.

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