Two Decades in Investment in Substance-Use Prevention and Treatment

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The Retrospective assesses RWJF’s investment, what was achieved through its efforts, and the strengths and challenges of the Foundation’s approach.

RWJF contributed toward progress on the substance-use problem through meaningful impact in five major areas:

  1. Increased knowledge about the substance-use problem;
  2. Influenced alcohol and drug policies;
  3. Informed and spreading promising prevention programs;
  4. Improved systems of care for substance-use disorders; and
  5. Built field infrastructure to strengthen substance-use research, policy, and practice.

RWJF had an unprecedented investment in the field, contributing to change over time. Observations of how RWJF developed its overarching and program-specific strategies, conducted ongoing evaluation and learning, and exited the field are highly relevant for future public health work.

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