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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities

HKHC SupplementNEW—The Journal of Public Health Management and Practice just released a supplement highlighting evaluation insights and successes of the Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities National Program.

Click here to read the full supplement. A special thanks to Transtria, the evaluation lead.


Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities (HKHC) helped 49 community partnerships across the country in support of healthy eating, active living and childhood obesity prevention.

This funding endeavor served as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)’s largest community-based initiative focused specifically on reversing the obesity epidemic in children at greatest risk based on race/ethnicity, income, and/or geographic location. Our final report to the field, Growing a Movement, shares how HKHC increased children’s access to healthy foods and opportunities for physical activity through changes in community policies, systems, and environments.

Blurb-Growing a movementHighlights:

  • Established a network of grantees that implemented over 1200 policy and environmental changes to prevent childhood obesity, including over 350 farmers’ markets and community gardens, 200 complete streets policies, 60 healthy food retail changes, and 120 improvements to the design, quality, and accessibility of parks and recreation.
  • Helped partnerships leverage grant funds to generate an additional $127 million in cash and in kind support.
  • Planned and hosted five multi-day annual grantee meetings that included field trips, experiential learning, national speakers, local perspective, and innovative opportunities for peer learning and networking.

MilwaukeeFunding Partner: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Engagement: 2008–2014

Services Provided:

  • Grant program design and management
  • Grantee network development
  • Coaching and technical assistance
  • Convenings and training events
  • Tool and resource development
  • Field building with local, state, and national partners
  • Product and results dissemination

Moore_Montgomery“Through Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities, ALBD is rallying the leadership and community engagement we need to build a healthier future for kids and their families.”

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, President and CEO
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation