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Bonnie Cluxton

Bonnie Austin Cluxton, J.D., M.P.H.

Vice President - AcademyHealth

Bonnie Austin Cluxton, J.D., M.P.H. . is a Vice President at AcademyHealth, where she leads the organization’s strategic planning and staffs the Board of Directors and board committees. She currently conducts programmatic and grantmaking activities on a number of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation projects with an emphasis on facilitating the use of research in policy and practice. For fifteen years, Ms. Cluxton supported the RWJF Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization initiative, including serving for seven years as director. Prior to joining AcademyHealth in 2001, she worked for 10 years as a litigator at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP. Her practice involved representing clients, including health care providers, in criminal investigations, civil suits and administrative proceedings. Ms. Cluxton received her M.P.H. from The George Washington University, her J.D. from the University of Notre Dame School of Law and her B.A. from Dartmouth College.

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HCFO: A Chapter Closes, but the Evidence Endures

After nearly 30 years, the final grants funded under the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization (HCFO) initiative are coming to a close at the end of December. This work has built on AcademyHealth’s broader efforts to get actionable evidence that can improve health and health care into the hands of decision makers when they need it and in a format they can use.

National Change Leadership Programs

Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, AcademyHealth supports three national change leadership programs though policy and communications training.

Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, AcademyHealth supports three national change leadership programs though policy and communications training.

These three national change leadership programs were designed by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to extend the influence and impact of leaders working to build a Culture of Health. For decades, the Foundation has supported the development and diversity of health care leaders with landmark programs for clinical scholars, physicians, nurses, and researchers. Building on this core value, the Foundation created these programs to invest in leaders from more diverse sectors—leaders who have the passion, ingenuity, and influence required to navigate the rapidly evolving health and health care environment and the factors that shape it.

Clinical Scholars

Clinical Scholars is a national leadership program aimed toward clinically active health care providers spanning a range of disciplines—nurses, physicians, pharmacists, physical therapists, dentists, allied health, veterinarians, and many others. Working together in interprofessional teams, participants engage in intensive learning, mentoring, and networking to lead transformative change—centered on health equity—in their communities. This program is hosted at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Health Policy Research Scholars

Health Policy Research Scholars is a national change leadership development opportunity for full-time doctoral students from underrepresented populations or historically disadvantaged backgrounds, entering the first or second year of their doctoral program, from any academic discipline who are training to be researchers and are interested in health policy research. The program is hosted at Johns Hopkins University.

Inderdisciplinary Research Leaders

Interdisciplinary Research Leaders is a change leadership development opportunity, supporting teams of researchers and community leaders to apply health research and policy to meet the pressing needs of communities. With a shared commitment to creating a healthier, more equitable future, these powerful alliances will be challenged to collaborate in new ways and accelerate the real-life impact of their work. The program is hosted at the University of Minnesota.

Information about the fourth leadership program, Culture of Health Leaders, can be found here.



Questions? Contact Bonnie Cluxton


Special Topic Research Programs

The most effective health care policy is informed by objective, rigorous evidence. For 25 years, AcademyHealth served as the national program office for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization (HCFO) grantmaking initiative and continues to manage special topic solicitations for the Foundation covering a broad array of topics.


With guidance from the Foundation, AcademyHealth staff manage rigorous external review of grant proposals, monitor funded projects, and collaborate with grantees to disseminate study findings through a variety of channels, including meetings, written products, and social media. AcademyHealth is known for managing successful grantmaking programs that promote the development of high-quality evidence that is useful and used by policymakers and other decision makers. AcademyHealth staff are currently managing the following special topic solicitations:



If you have questions about any of these projects, please contact Megan Collado


Engaging Businesses for Health

AcademyHealth manages the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Engaging Businesses for Health project, which awarded eight research studies in 2017 to build the evidence base for how private-sector investment can help build a Culture of Health—promoting greater well-being and health equity for all.

Achieving a Culture of Health requires unprecedented collaboration from communities, policymakers, businesses and other key stakeholders. Recognizing the importance of investing in health beyond corporate walls, businesses and other collaborators are seeking new ways to invest in community health, equity and well-being and encountering questions along that path.

In February 2017, RWJF announced eight awarded grants examining the dynamic relationship between the innovation and drive of American businesses and entrepreneurs and the needs and health of the communities that support them. Topics range from how poor health outcomes negatively influence anchor companies to how labeling and incentives can be used to change consumers’ healthy food purchasing behavior. Other studies will provide evidence on the value of employers’ investments in the health and well-being of workers and their communities and inform strategies and best practices for engaging businesses to contribute to building a Culture of Health.

Meet the 2017 Grantees