Susan Dentzer

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Creating a true ’culture of health‘ in the United States will require reshaping our environment such that health becomes the natural outcome of life and the default ‘choice’ for individuals. Many hands and sectors will need to collaborate to get us there: governments at all levels, businesses, education, and nonprofits, all of whom must now start by making the loudest possible case for investing in disease prevention and health promotion.


Susan Dentzer is Senior Policy Advisor at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation’s largest philanthropy focused on health and healthcare in the United States. In this role, she works closely with foundation leaders to carry out the organizational mission of improving the health and healthcare of all Americans. One of the nation’s most respected health and health policy thought leaders and journalists, she is also an on-air analyst on health issues on the PBS NewsHour. From 2008 to April 2013, she was the editor-in-chief of Health Affairs, the nation’s leading peer-reviewed journal of health policy, and led the transformation of that journal from a bimonthly academic publication into a highly topical publication and web site with more than 120 million page views annually. From 1998 to 2008, she led the PBS NewsHour’s health unit as on-air health correspondent, and was the recipient of numerous honors and awards.

Dentzer is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine and the Council on Foreign Relations. Ms. Dentzer graduated from Dartmouth, is a trustee emerita of the college, and chaired the Dartmouth Board of Trustees from 2001 to 2004. She currently serves as a member of the Board of Overseers of Dartmouth Medical School and is an Overseer of the International Rescue Committee, a leading humanitarian organization. She is also on the board of directors of Research!America, an alliance working to make research to improve health a higher priority, and is a public member of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Medical Specialties. A widely admired communicator, Dentzer is a frequent speaker before a wide variety of healthcare and other groups, and a frequent commentator on such National Public Radio shows as the Diane Rehm Show and This American Life. She and her husband have three children and live in the Washington, DC area.


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