Building Healthier Communities is Long-Term, Cumulative Work – Meet NJHI’s Active Grantees Working to Give Everyone the Opportunity to Thrive

As the statewide grantmaking program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, New Jersey Health Initiatives supports innovations and drives conversations across the state with a vision of affording everyone the opportunity to live a healthier life. The announcement of our Upstream Action Acceleration grantees last year means NJHI is actively supporting more than 50 grantees and their community partners in thinking more broadly about health. In addition to our annual initiatives, statewide and national philanthropic partnerships such as All In: Data Across Sectors for Health, the BUILD Health Challenge and the New Jersey Healthy Communities Network allow us to support New Jersey communities, connect them to a learning network, and spotlight their work as exemplar to the healthy communities field.

Discover the approaches New Jersey stakeholders are adopting and implementing at all levels to address social determinants such as adverse childhood experiences, the built environment, educational attainment and employment opportunities, and improving health for their families, friends and neighbors.

Browse the links below to learn these grantee communities’ stories, hear their successes and lessons, identify resources, and connect with them to support your own work.

Asbury Park
Building a Healthier Asbury Park

Atlantic City
AC Collaborative
Lead A.C.
Care AC

Borough of Audubon

Bound Brook
Building Bridges to Health

Bound Brook and South Bound Brook
Student Ambassadors for Community Health

Next Gen Leaders
Live Healthy Bridgeton

Camden-specific Module to the NJ Conservation Blueprint Online Mapping Tool
Building a Culture of Health in Camden

Camden and Pennsauken
Leaders of Promise

Cape May
Kicking ACES in Cape May County
Working with NJ School Superintendents to Provide Regional Mental Health First Aid
Building a Culture of Health in Cape May County

Pulling Together: All Voices Heard and Count!
Elizabeth’s Next Generation of Community Leaders
Shaping Elizabeth

Forward Franklin

Working with NJ School Superintendents to Provide Regional Mental Health First Aid
Neighborhood Connections to Health

Hammonton Health Coalition – Creating a Culture of Inclusion in Hammonton
Comite de Apoyo para Trabajadores Agriculturales (C.A.T.A.)

Hunterdon County
Motivating Culture Change for a Healthier Tomorrow

Addressing Social and Economic Factors Toward Building a Culture of Health

Jersey City
Strengthening the Partnership for a Healthier JC

Maple Shade
Working with NJ School Superintendents to Provide Regional Mental Health First Aid

Middlesex County
Mobilizing Just for the Health of It: Health Information Library on Wheels

Connecting Families to Communities

Building a Culture of Health in Census Tract 435

New Brunswick
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
New Brunswick Healthy Housing Collaborative

Cultivating Tenant Leadership for Community Health in Newark
New-Ark Leaders of Health
Believe in a Healthy Newark

North Bergen
North Bergen Municipal Alliance Upstream Action Acceleration
North Bergen Health Department

Healthy Orange: Building and Sustaining a Culture of Health

Passaic County Food Policy Council

Perth Amboy
Community Action for Safe Housing
Emerging Leaders for a Healthier Community
Healthier Perth Amboy

Healthy Plainfield

Secaucus Next Generation Community Leaders

South Jersey
Food Bank of South Jersey

Toms River
The Toms River Family Health & Support Coalition

Accelerating Action for a Healthy Trenton
Trenton Transformation: A Safe & Healthy Corridor
Empowering Trenton through Youth Civic Engagement
Trenton Healthy Food Network – Growing a Healthier Trenton


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