The New Jersey Healthy Communities Network (NJHCN) brings together local, regional and statewide leaders to support communities in developing healthy environments for people to live, work, learn and play. NJHCN has over 100 Partners including grantees, funders, advocates, and communities of practice members such as organizations, individuals, local governments, and institutions. Partners seek to have a collective impact on community well-being by being mutually engaged, mutually accountable and sharing responsibility for goal-oriented action.
The Raritan Valley YMCA and Healthier Middlesex are working together to promote evidence-based interventions and provide education and outreach on the importance of policy related to healthy food choices and increased access to Healthy Kids Camp programming in order to improve our community’s quality of life. Access to nutritious food, physical activity programming, and safety education are significant public health challenges to our community. Through this funding our partnership is developing policy and offering programs and resources that are invaluable to improving the health and well-being of the children in Middlesex County.
The BUILD Health Challenge is a national awards program designed to support community collaborations in urban neighborhoods experiencing health disparities that are working to give everyone a fair chance to be healthy. The objective of The BUILD Health Challenge is to increase the number and effectiveness of hospital, community, and public health collaborations that improve health, lower costs and promote health equity.
The New Brunswick Healthy Housing Collaborative harnesses the efforts of our partners: Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Saint Peters University Hospital, the Middlesex County Office of Health Services, and others within the Healthier Middlesex networks to identify and implement solutions concerning healthy housing in New Brunswick. In particular focus is placed on two neighborhoods: Unity Square and Esperanza. The goal of the grant is to not only educate the community on healthy housing practices, but provide them with tools and resources to create long-term change.
Building a Culture of Health in New Brunswick is grounded in the vision of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) Culture of Health initiative to address the challenge of improving health for all by placing well-being at the center of every aspect of life. Launched in 2014, the initiative explores the interdependence of social, economic, physical, and environmental factors, to generate collaborations across different sectors and disciplines that create healthier, more equitable communities.
With the support of RWJF, a diverse, multi-sector, community-focused coalition has worked together to undertake a planning process to develop a framework for collective action among the many partners. The objective of the planning process was to develop consensus around a set of systemic and sustainable strategies with the intent of inherently integrating health and wellness into the underlying fabric of the New Brunswick community.
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.