A Foundation’s First Public-Policy Director Readies for Budget Battle

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Peter Murphy

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Peter Murphy

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has typically taken what David C. Colby calls a “Field of Dreams” approach to shaping public policy.

In the 1989 movie of that name, an Iowa farmer bulldozes his corn field and turns it into a baseball diamond after a voice tells him, “If you build it, he will come.”

The foundation operated from the idea that if it paid for medical research and helped to design new approaches to health care, lawmakers would flock to