Health Data for Action

Posted: November 20, 2020

Deadline: December 17, 2020

Grantor: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)

Additional Information

RWJF’s Health Data for Action (HD4A) program, launched in 2017 and managed by AcademyHealth, is designed to leverage health data for actionable insights. HD4A aims to reduce the barriers often faced in accessing rich data by serving as a conduit between data owners and interested researchers.

The HD4A program will support innovative research that uses the available data to answer important research questions. Eligible research projects can focus on a variety of topics, including health care utilization and spending; benefit design; quality of care; prescribing patterns and medication adherence; chronic disease; maternal and child care; complex conditions; employer-sponsored insurance; public and private insurance; consolidation; integration, and market competition; social determinants of health and disparities; COVID-19 patient characteristics and outcomes; financial distress; mental health; housing instability; opioid use and treatment; and geographic variation in health.


  • Applicant organizations must be based in the United States or its territories.
  • Preference will be given to applicants that are either public entities or nonprofit organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and are not private foundations or Type III supporting organizations. The Foundation may require additional documentation.
  • Projects may be generated from disciplines including health services research; economics; sociology; program evaluation; political science; public policy; public health; public administration; law; business administration; or other related fields.

Program Contact
Maura Dugan, Research Assistant

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