Richard Besser

President and CEO
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Dr. Richard Besser is president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), a position he assumed in April 2017. Besser is the former acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and ABC News’ former chief health and medical editor. The author or co-author of hundreds of presentations, abstracts, chapters, editorials, and publications, Dr. Besser has earned numerous awards for his work in public health and for his volunteer service.

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Health and financial health are inextricably intertwined. As income and wealth increase or decrease, so does physical well-being. This is especially apparent in underserved communities, which have disproportionately borne the financial and health impacts of COVID-19. The close connection between health and wealth underscores the need for cross-industry leaders to identify challenges and develop integrated solutions to support wellness. Dr. Richard Besser, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and former acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is one of the leading voices on health equity. In this episode, Jennifer talks with him about this connection, the challenges facing the American healthcare system, and how we can create a system that supports health and financial wellness for all.