Essays on People, Place & Purpose

Investing in What Works for America's Communities

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

We know that a child’s life expectancy is predicted more by his Zip code than his genetic code.

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA, is president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation’s largest philanthropic organization dedicated to improving health and health care. She joined RWJF in 2001 as senior vice president and director of the Health Care group. Previously, she was the Sylvan Eisman professor of medicine and health care systems at the University of Pennsylvania and director of Penn’s Institute on Aging. In Washington, DC, she was deputy administrator of what is now the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality. Lavizzo-Mourey is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, the President’s Council for Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, and several boards of directors.

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