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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.

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

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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.

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


Research in Transforming Health and Health Care Systems

This Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant program, managed by AcademyHealth, funds rigorous, empirical studies that evaluate or predict the potential effects of policies or policy changes intended to transform health and health care systems.

While there is consensus that more reform is needed to improve the value we receive from our investment in health care in the U.S., questions remain around the optimal mechanisms to achieve this goal. For example, how can we promote greater affordability and stability in the individual insurance market? What does the evidence suggest about the effectiveness of benefit design strategies and consumer engagement in health care decision-making? How are safety net health systems responding to alternative payment models and coverage expansions? The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) Research in Transforming Health and Health Care Systems (RTHS) program, managed by AcademyHealth, funds rigorous, empirical studies that evaluate or predict the potential effects of policies or policy changes intended to transform health and health care systems.

See below for descriptions of 2017 Awarded Grants.

Insurer Exit from the Individual Market:  Affected Populations, Impacts, and State Efforts to Stabilize Markets through Reinsurance
Grantee Institution: University of Minnesota
Principal Investigator: Jean Abraham, Ph.D.
Grant Period: 12/01/2017 – 7/31/2018

Medicaid Policy and the Supply of Primary Care
Grantee Institution: 
Rutgers University
Principal Investigator: Derek DeLia, Ph.D.
Grant Period: 12/01/2017 – 11/30/2018

Strategies for Stabilizing and Strengthening the Individual Insurance Market
Grantee Institution: 
Wake Forest University Health Sciences
Principal Investigator: Mark Hall, J.D.
Grant Period: 12/01/2017 – 5/31/2018

Predicting the Impact of Transforming the Medicaid Program on Health Centers’ Revenues and Capacity to Serve Medically Underserved Communities
Grantee Institution: George Washington University
Principal Investigator: Anne R. Markus, Ph.D., J.D.
Grant Period: 12/01/2017 – 5/31/2018

The Effect of the Affordable Care Act Medicaid Expansion on Geographic Access to Safety Net and Acute Care Hospitals
Grantee Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Principal Investigator: David J. Wallace, M.D.
Grant Period: 12/01/2017 – 11/30/2018

The Impact of Medicaid/SCHIP Disenrollment on Adult and Children’s Healthcare Utilization and Expenditures in Arizona: A Natural Experiment
Grantee Institution: University of Arizona
Principal Investigator: Patrick Wightman, Ph.D.
Grant Period: 12/01/2017 – 11/30/2018

Medicaid Contraction: The Impact of Arkansas’s Income Eligibility Cap​​​​​​​
Grantee Institution: 
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Arkansas Center for Health Improvement
Principal Investigator: Craig Wilson, J.D., M.P.A.
Grant Period: 2/15/2018 – 2/14/2019