Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nursing and Health Policy Collaborative at the University of New Mexico

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nursing and Health Policy Collaborative is preparing a new generation of doctoral degree nurses prepared to meet our nation's health policy challenges. The Collaborative’s faculty and fellows engage in policy research to address the health care needs of America's most vulnerable populations.

The core of the Collaborative is a doctoral-level health policy concentration within the PhD in Nursing. The preparation includes a rigorous, full-time academic course of study grounded in real-world clinical experience and relevant research that creates a deep understanding of the factors shaping and influencing policy decisions. In turn, students receive a generous package of financial support. 
Based at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque’s College of Nursing, the Collaborative is a partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that will build the capacity of nurse leaders to engage as full partners in research, analysis, development and advocacy of national health policy. The Collaborative is strongly committed to increasing diversity in the ranks of nurse leadership and health policy, especially for Black, Latino, American Indian, and other racial and ethnic communities underrepresented in the field. 
The Collaborative offers a unique interdisciplinary focus, bringing together scholars and experts from both the clinical and the social sciences, and engaging in partnerships with other health professionals, researchers, community leaders and policy-makers. The program does not simply represent an intersection between nursing and health policy; it presents a true collaboration—in which each discipline and perspective informs and strengthens the other.


Beginning in 2014, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) will develop new programs that strive to increase the number of scholars/fellows/leaders we support annually. As part of this transition, we will wind down and conclude ten Human Capital programs, including the Health Policy Collaborative at the University of New Mexico

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