Denise Moreno Ramírez coordinates the University of Arizona Superfund Research Program’s Community Engagement Core. Her expertise in environmentally focused community engagement and her work with environmental justice communities led to her being selected by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to serve on a Technical Advisory Committee in 2015.
The RWJF is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving health in America, has been involved in developing a new research agenda entitled, “Systems for Action: Systems and Services Research for a Culture of Health.” According to their website, this program flows directly from RWJF’s Culture of Health Action Framework, which focuses on four action areas for achieving improved population health, well-being, and equity for all Americans: (1) Making Health a Shared Value; (2) Fostering Cross-Sector Collaboration to Improve Well-Being; (3) Creating Healthier, More Equitable Communities; and (4) Strengthening Integration of Health Services and Systems.
The Culture of Health effort was spearheaded by the Systems for Action National Program Office at the University of Kentucky. As part of this initiative, the RWJF convened a stakeholder-engaged expert panel to help develop it. Moreno Ramírez and her colleagues on the Technical Advisory Committee met both virtually and in person throughout 2015 to identify research priorities, as well as synthesize evidence for methodologies, innovations, and interactions that support a Culture of Health.
To learn more about the Systems for Action program and to download the complete Research Agenda, click here.