Looking Back – and Ahead to a Healthier, More Equitable New Jersey

Every New Jerseyan should have a fair and just opportunity to live the healthiest life possible, and throughout the state, communities are building on their collaborative work to improve health where we live, learn, work and play.

In 2019, New Jersey Health Initiatives (NJHI) actively supported more than 50 community-focused coalitions in thinking more broadly about health, engaging traditionally underrepresented voices in the health equity conversation, and addressing the upstream factors known to impact health.

The NJHI 2019 Year in Review shines a spotlight on some of the community-level work undertaken through NJHI’s Communities Moving to Action, Next Generation Community Leaders, and Upstream Action Acceleration initiatives, and additional community collaborations funded outside of NJHI’s annual initiatives. In addition, it conveys the value of community members’ shared vision in which everyone in our great state can live the healthiest life possible. Near the top of the Year in Review, a map features the NJHI grantee communities, while the middle panel highlights 1) how NJHI-supported communities encompass more than 900 partners, including law enforcement, education, health care, libraries, housing, elected officials, youth and adult residents, and 2) the priorities they are working to address through policy-, systems- and environmental- change.

NJHI’s philanthropic partnerships with All In: Data Across Sectors for Health, the BUILD Health Challenge and the New Jersey Healthy Communities Network further support New Jersey communities, connect them to a learning network, and spotlight their strategies and practices to inform the healthy communities field.

The Garden State remains an exemplar of innovations and approaches to build healthier, more equitable, communities, and the NJHI national program is privileged to partner with these grantees and learn alongside them as they lead meaningful, long-term change.

Click on the images and links below to explore the community stories behind the figures.


Read more in the NJHI Grantee Blog.

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