Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) "seeks to improve the health and health care of all Americans," according to its mission statement. [1]

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funds tobacco control and health projects. The tobacco industry has considered the RWJF an adversary and kept a close eye on projects funded by RWJF. In 1994 the tobacco industry lobby has opposed public health anti-smoking commercials commercials funded by the RWJF.[2][3][4]

Fake news

In 1999, RWJF awarded a two-month contract worth $51,844 to Home Front Communications, for the "production and distribution of television messages to encourage enrollment in CHIP," the Children's Health Insurance Program. [5] Home Front is a broadcast public relations firm infamous for having produced two video news releases for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services promoting the benefits of the controversial Medicare drug law. [1] The Government Accountability Office later ruled that the VNRs had "violated the restriction on using appropriated funds for publicity or propaganda purposes." [2]

Other Home Front Communications work for RWJF, done in conjunction with the PR firm Burness Communications from 2003 through mid-September 2007, includes producing and distributing "86 broadcast material packets to television stations and/or radio stations highlighting health and health care issues important to RWJF and featuring RWJF grantees and their work," reaching "more than 684-million viewers." RWJF noted, "Much of the content was utilized by stations in the top 20 or 50 markets." [3]

Board of Trustees

  • Thomas H. Kean, Chairman
  • Robert E. Campbell, "retired vice chairman of the Board of Directors of Johnson & Johnson (J&J)"
  • Nancy-Ann DeParle, "senior adviser at J.P. Morgan Partners, LLC"
  • George S. Frazza, "counsel for Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler; "previously served Johnson & Johnson for more than 30 years in the roles of corporate secretary, vice president and general counsel, and was a member of the executive committee."
  • Linda Griego, "president of Zapgo Entertainment Group"
  • Wendy W. Hagen, "senior vice president of Porter Novelli International"
  • Edward J. Hartnett, "retired company group chairman of Johnson & Johnson responsible for Ethicon Inc., and other international affiliates."
  • Robert Wood Johnson IV, "chairman and CEO of the Johnson Company"
  • Ralph S. Larsen, "former chairman and CEO of Johnson & Johnson (J&J)."
  • Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D., M.B.A., Foundation president and CEO
  • Edward E. Matthews, "senior advisor and was formerly senior vice chair, Investments and Financial Services of American International Group, Inc. (AIG)"
  • William L. Roper, M.D., M.P.H., dean of the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC); CEO, UNC Health Care System and "vice chancellor for medical affairs at UNC."
  • Marla E. Salmon, Sc.D., R.N., "dean of the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing and a professor at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, Atlanta."
  • Gail L. Warden, former "president and CEO of Henry Ford Health System"
  • Richard B. Worley, "managing director of Permit Capital Group, LLC"; retired "CEO and chief investment officer of Morgan Stanley Investment Management."
  • See full biographies on RWJF website.

Contact details

P.O. Box 2316
College Road East and Route 1
Princeton, NJ 08543
(888) 631-9989
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SourceWatch resources

External links


  1. Robert Pear, "U.S. Videos, for TV News, Come Under Scrutiny", New York Times, March 15, 2004.
  2. Government Accountability Office, "Ruling: Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services -- Video News Releases," May 19, 2004.
  3. "Broadcast Health Series Highlights the Work of RWJF and its Grantees to Improve Health and Health Care: Grant Results," Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, November 2007, accessed December 2007.


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