We aim to build a vibrant, multidisciplinary field of research and a diverse network of researchers by providing technical assistance to grantees, promoting research collaboration, and providing field-building opportunities among our grantees, researchers, and funders.

Explore opportunities for collaboration and resources for researchers below.

Communications Resources

Guidelines for Authors: The document offers writing guidance for authors developing HER research products, and communications and dissemination resources.

RWJF Communications Toolbox: The Communications Toolbox includes articles, webinars, and toolkits to help Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grantees with communications best practices.

Equity Resources

Equity for researchers toolbox: The resources in this document offer tools to help researchers understand and incorporate racial equity principles into their research in order to advance health equity.

HER Equity Webinar Series: View our series of “equity in research”-focused webinars, with presentations from our grantees and other partners.

Working Groups

Healthy Food Retail: A collaborative effort of HER and CDC’s Nutrition and Obesity Policy Research and Evaluation Network (NOPREN), focused on research and evaluation in the food retail setting.

Early Childhood: A collaborative effort of HER and NOPREN, focusing on both nutrition and physical activity during early childhood.

Resilient Food Systems and Nutrition: A collaborative effort of HER and NOPREN, focusing on strategies to improve the diet quality, food and nutrition security, and overall health and well-being of children and their families before, during and after disruptions and environmental changes.

Early Stage Investigator: This group is designed specifically for junior investigators and early career professionals to support professional development, facilitate collaboration, and build the field of diverse nutrition investigators. 

  • Cohort 1: The first cohort of the HER Early Stage Investigator Work Group launched in August 2021. Members of the HER ESI WG included about 30 researchers with expertise in the fields of nutrition equity, diet quality, and/or healthy weight/obesity among children and their families. Learn more about the members of the first cohort and special projects funded.
  • Cohort 2: Launched in August 2022

Food Labeling Work Group: An interdisciplinary team of researchers, legal scholars, and advocates working on food labeling related issues and who are committed to improving the health of children and their families through improved research, evaluation, and dissemination of food labeling strategies.

Student Resources

HER NOPREN Summer Speaker Series for Students 2023: This series provides students the opportunity to learn about public health topics related to food and nutrition security, federal nutrition assistance programs, COVID-19 implications, and nutrition equity through research, policy, and practice. Each week features presentations on the fundamentals of the topic from experts across different public health sectors. Students of all levels are encouraged to attend.

This series is a collaborative effort of Healthy Eating Research and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Nutrition and Obesity Policy Research and Evaluation Network (NOPREN).

Click here to register for the 2023 series

To learn more or watch recordings from past Summer Speaker Series visit: https://nopren.ucsf.edu/student-resources

Other Resources

Learn about RWJF’s Leadership Programs: Through their leadership development programs, RWJF supports and connects change leaders nationwide.

Learn about RWJF’s Signature Grant Programs: RWJF’s signature research programs are helping to identify the root causes of health disparities in America, and potential solutions to improve health, equity and well-being.