New Jersey Health Initiatives - A Better State of Health
A Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Program
2017 County Health Rankings Released
March 29, 2017

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute have released the eighth annual County Health Rankings. The County Health Rankings show us where we live matters to our health. An easy-to-use snapshot the compares counties within states, the Rankings provide information on factors communities can do something about – such as jobs, education, housing, community safety, and more.

The County Health Rankings show where New Jersey’s 21 counties rank on factors that influence overall health rankings.

The County Health Rankings inform the work of NJHI’s 20 Communities Moving to Action (CMA) grantees across the state. Each grantee represents a multi-sector coalition of local stakeholders working to build healthier communities. With funding from NJHI, New Jersey is the only state to have a dedicated CHR&R Community Coach, Toni Lewis, MPH, HO, a NJ Department of Health-licensed Health Officer and a Registered Environmental Health Specialist. Toni works directly with the CMA grantees and is accessible to communities statewide.

A sample of New Jersey’s 2017 County Health Rankings, with NJHI’s 20 funded CMA communities noted in parentheses:

Monmouth County (Asbury Park, Freehold) – 7
Atlantic County (Atlantic City) – 17
Somerset County (Bound Book) – 3
Cumberland County (Bridgeton) – 21
Camden County (Camden) – 18
Cape May County (Cape May) – 16
Union County (Elizabeth, Plainfield) – 8
Hunterdon County (Hunterdon County) – 1
Essex County (Irvington, Newark, Orange) – 20
Hudson County (Jersey City) – 13
Morris County (Morristown) – 2
Passaic County (Paterson) – 15
Middlesex County (Perth Amboy) – 6
Salem County (Salem) – 19
Ocean County (Toms River) – 10
Mercer County (Trenton) – 12

View rankings for all of New Jersey’s counties at www.countyhealthrankings.org.