Bob Atkins, PhD, RN, FAAN is director of NJHI and an Associate Professor at Rutgers University with a joint appointment in Nursing and Childhood Studies. Dr. Atkins has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and American Civilizations from Brown University and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania.
Fresh out of nursing school, Bob moved to the city of Camden where he worked as a school nurse at East Camden Middle School and co-founded the Camden STARR Program, a non-profit youth development program dedicated to improving the life chances of youth living in Camden. Bob’s work in Camden motivated him to complete a PhD in the Department of Public Health at Temple University to better understand the factors that influence the health and well-being of children living in vulnerable communities.
Bob is a life long New Jersey resident and is committed to building healthier communities across the state through effective collaborations and partnerships, meaningful conversations across sectors, and evidence-based innovations. For example, Bob leads several NJHI initiatives that engage more nurses (and school nurses) in building a Culture of Health in NJ.
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Select Op-Eds, Presentations, Interviews and Publications:
Counties Where Poor Health is Prevalent Exhibit Highest COVID-19 Fatality Rates
NJ Spotlight News / Stainton, L. April 2, 2021.
Here’s Where N.J.’s Healthiest People Live. See Where Your County Ranks
The Star-Ledger, April 1.
Trust: How it Affects Testing and Vaccinations
RutgersCast On the Pandemic Podcast. Season 1, Episode 6. March 25, 2021.
COVID-19 in New Jersey: One Year Later
NJ Spotlight News Chat Box with David Cruz, March 7, 2021.
Report: Decrease in U.S. Life Expectancy Due to COVID-19
NJ Spotlight News with Flanagan, B. February 19, 2021.
Philanthropy’s Rural Blind Spot
Stanford Social Innovation Review. 2021; 19(2): 26-33.
Atkins, R., Allred, S. and Hart, D.
How Do We Vaccinate People Who Don’t Come to Get the Shot?
The Star-Ledger, January 26, 2021
Opinion: As Grantmakers, It’s Our Responsibility to Address the Greatest Need
Generocity.org, October 9, 2020
Show Them More than the Money
Healthy Places by Design Blog/ Lee, J. August 26, 2020
Portraits of Leadership: Maintaining Momentum on Nonprofit Teams During COVID-19
Charity Navigator Blog, August 19, 2020
Portraits of Leadership: New Jersey Health Initiatives Confronts COVID-19
Hyperakt. June 11, 2020
SNAP Didn’t Provide Enough Food for Families Before the Pandemic. Now, it Really Needs a Boost
The Star-Ledger, June 2, 2020
Anderson, D. and Atkins, B.
COVID-19 Funders Briefing Series: Addressing the COVID-19 Racial Health Disparity.
Council of New Jersey Grantmakers. May 4, 2020
Principles for Engaging Youth as Partners to Build Healthier Communities
Grantmakers in Health – Views from the Field. January 28, 2020
Atkins, B. and Hart, D
Examining the Health Equity Gap Across the Nation
Think Tank with Steve Adubato (2019, December 22).
How New Jersey Health Initiatives Keeps Relationships at the Heart of Its Investments
Healthy Places by Design Blog/ Lee, J. November 26, 2019.
Before the Bedside: A Conversation on the Upstream Factors of Illness.
Penn Nursing Magazine. Spring 2019: 36-37.
Dr. Robert Atkins Honored for Advancing Health Care in New Jersey
Rutgers University School of Nursing – Camden. 2019.
Next Generation Community Leaders: NJ Cities Create Space for Youth Civic Engagement.
New Jersey Municipalities Magazine. 2018: 66-69
Altman, S. and Atkins, B.
Addressing Health Through Grant-Making and Program Development
Compact Nation Podcast. Season 2, Episode 17. May 30, 2018.
Creating a Shared Vision to Help Restore Atlantic City
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Blog, February 20, 2018.
Addressing Health Equity and Creating Opportunity for Healthier Communities
Rutgers University-Camden. January 31, 2018.
Four Lessons Learned from School Nurses in New Jersey about Building a Culture of Health
NASN School Nurse. 2017; 33(2):106-108