New Jersey Health Initiatives supports innovations and drives conversations to build healthier communities across the State of New Jersey. New Jersey Health Initiatives (NJHI) is the statewide grant making program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. To meet the many health needs of New Jersey’s diverse populations, regions and communities, the NJHI program encourages collaboration across sectors to foster deep relationships committed to long-term change affording everyone the opportunity to live the healthiest life possible.
This was a collaborative grant between Saint Peter’s University Hospital and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital to conduct a joint Community Health Needs Assessment for their communities. Both hospitals leveraged their years of community outreach experience, which included cultivating contacts with numerous community-based agencies, faith-based organizations, senior citizen groups, and other organizations within their service areas to conduct the assessment, implement a plan, and communicate findings to the community. As a result of this process the Community Health Consortium for Central Jersey was created, which was re-branded as Healthier Middlesex in 2017.