As a partner in the New Jersey Healthy Communities Network (NJHCN) statewide funding collaborative, New Jersey Health Initiatives (NJHI) is able to support five communities in working to ensure every New Jersey resident has a fair and just opportunity for health and well-being. Established in 2011, the NJHCN provides funding to community-based organizations including nonprofits, schools, and health and human service agencies whose services and projects are designed to advance environmental, policy and systems changes that address various factors that affect good health. Over the past nine years, NJHCN has awarded $3.7 million in grants.
In early 2020, 44 community organizations across New Jersey received funding through the program. Within the cohort, NJHI is directly supporting the following grantees:
- Borough of Audubon
- City Green Inc.
- Generations Inc.
- HomeFront NJ
- Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Foundation
Each grantee receives $10,000 in funding per year for two years, as well as coaching, technical assistance and evaluation support. In addition, each grantee participates in a statewide learning network. The program supports grantees in assessing need in their communities and developing and implementing long-term, sustainable community change strategies. While NJHCN has been focused on issues of healthy eating and active living since its inception, several 2020 NJHCN grantees are also focusing on the social and economic factors known to influence health, such as community safety, access to transportation, housing and social connections. To learn more about the 2020 grantees, their communities and how they have adapted their work in response to COVID-19, browse the NJHCN Grantee Blog here.
NJHI is proud to partner with Atlantic Health System, New Jersey Department of Health, New Jersey Division of Disability Services, Partners for Health Foundation, The Russell Berrie Foundation and Salem Health & Wellness Foundation as a funder in the NJHCN collaborative. Additional infrastructure support for the collaborative is provided by NJ SNAP Ed.