Laurin Bixby was recently named a Health Policy Research Scholar Through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Laurin Bixby has been selected to participate in one of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s leadership programs. These programs connect changemakers across the country—from every profession and field—to learn from and work with one another in creating more just and thriving communities.

Specifically, Laurin was selected for Health Policy Research Scholars. Designed for doctoral students from historically marginalized backgrounds and populations underrepresented in specific disciplines, Health Policy Research Scholars helps researchers from all fields apply their work to policies that advance equity and health while building a diverse field of leaders who reflect our changing national demographics.

As a member of the program’s newest cohort, Laurin will focus on how ableism as a form of social inequality structures the well-being of disabled people throughout the life course. Her research will examine how geographic differences in sociopolitical climates affect the health and well-being of children and families. Through her research, Laurin seeks to illuminate patterns of inequality in order to advocate for policies that affect structural change and promote a Culture of Health.

To learn more about Health Policy Research Scholars and RWJF’s other leadership programs, and to meet other participants, visit