RWJF Takes the First Steps in its Next-Generation New Clinical Scholars program

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been selected by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to serve as the National Program Leadership Center for RWJF’s New Clinical Scholars program, an initiative that replaces the group’s venerable (and nearly 40-year-old) Clinical Scholars program. That program is winding down and will officially shutter in 2017.

UNC-Chapel Hill will receive a three-month planning grant of up to $750,000 and will also serve as RWJF’s leading grantee partner for the new initiative, which will launch next year.

The New Clinical Scholars program is one of RWJF’s four new signature leadership initiatives, all of which advance the group’s goal of establishing a nationwide “Culture of Health.” New Clinical Scholars will build a nationwide network of clinical teams whose expertise includes leadership, public and population health, community engagement, health policy and more.

RWJF’s Culture of Health envisions an America where affordable and high-quality healthcare is universally accessible and both the public and private sectors work together to improve population health.

At UNC-Chapel Hill, up to 50 scholars will complete a three-year leadership development program that partners them with professionals from other disciplines. Distance-based learning is also a key element of the project, as scholars collaborate from their home institutions.

Three other institutions were selected as National Program Centers for RWJF’s other signature leadership initiatives. Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland will serve as the base for the Diversity in Health Policy Research program. The University of Minnesota in Minneapolis was selected for the Interdisciplinary Research Leaders initiative. And the New Venture Fund’s National Collaborative for Health Equity, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank, is handling the Multisector Leaders for Health program area.