The grantees and their community partners will use funds to focus on improving health and health equity over the next two years
Camden, NJ (December 1, 2018) – New Jersey Health Initiatives (NJHI) – the statewide grantmaking program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) – announced today 12 two-year grants totaling $100,000 each have been awarded through the NJHI: Upstream Action Acceleration initiative to build on strategies toward health improvement within New Jersey communities.
NJHI: Upstream Action Acceleration supports community-focused, cross-sector coalitions to adopt and implement “upstream” environmental-, policy- and systems-change strategies, accelerating their work in areas identified as priorities to improve their communities’ health. Working “upstream,” these grantees will work collaboratively to achieve statewide impact in addressing social, economic and environmental factors that are known to influence health. These factors include income, employment, early childhood development, education, housing, nutrition and the built environment.
As we continue moving forward in making New Jersey the healthiest state, we’re learning from our grantee communities just how vital cross-sector collaboration is.
“As we continue moving forward in making New Jersey the healthiest state, we’re learning from our grantee communities just how vital cross-sector collaboration is,” said Bob Atkins, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, director of NJHI. “We know that by partnering with diverse stakeholders such as residents, educators, law enforcement and elected officials, we can successfully address the factors that influence health.”
Grantees will be part of a learning network and participate in opportunities for peer sharing through in-person and virtual convenings. In addition to strengthening an in-state network of similarly-driven coalitions, these collaborative learning activities will help the coalitions implement their local projects and inform the field about practice-tested strategies to improve community health. Throughout the grant period, the coalitions will also receive ongoing coaching, resources related to their initiative focus areas and evaluation and communications support to promote and share their successes, challenges and lessons learned.
The following organizations have been awarded grants under the NJHI: Upstream Action Acceleration initiative to serve the communities listed:
- Allies In Caring, Inc, Hammonton, Atlantic County
- Project Title: Hammonton Health Coalition
- AtlantiCare Foundation, Atlantic City, Atlantic County
- Project Title: AC Collaborative
- Cape Regional Medical Center, Cape May County
- Project Title: Kicking ACES in Cape May County New Jersey
- Holly City Development Corporation, Millville, Cumberland County
- Project Title: Connecting Families to Communities
- Ironbound Community Corporation, Newark, Essex County
- Project Title: Cultivating Tenant Leadership for Community Health in Newark
- National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence of Hudson County, North Bergen, Hudson County
- Project Title: North Bergen Municipal Alliance Upstream Action Acceleration
- New Jersey Conservation Foundation, Camden, Camden County
- Raritan Bay Area YMCA, Perth Amboy, Middlesex County
- Project Title: Community Action for Safe Housing
- RWJ University Hospital Foundation, Middlesex County
- The Gateway Family YMCA, Elizabeth, Union County
- Project Title: Pulling Together: All Voices Heard and Count!
- Trenton Health Team, Trenton, Mercer County
- Project Title: Accelerating Action for a Healthy Trenton
- United Way of Passaic County, Paterson, Passaic County
- Project Title: Accelerating Community Safety
To learn more about the NJHI: Upstream Action Acceleration initiative and access periodic updates about each coalition’s progress, visit njhi.org.
About New Jersey Health Initiatives
New Jersey Health Initiatives is the statewide grantmaking program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Established in 1987 in honor of the New Jersey philanthropic legacy of RWJF’s founder, Robert Wood Johnson, NJHI supports innovations and drives conversations to build healthier communities through grantmaking across the State of New Jersey. To meet the many health needs of our state’s diverse populations, regions and communities, the NJHI national program encourages collaboration across sectors to foster deep relationships committed to long-term change affording all New Jerseyans the opportunity to live the healthiest life possible. Learn more about NJHI at njhi.org, and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/NJHI_ or on Facebook at facebook.com/newjerseyhealthinitiatives.
About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
For more than 45 years the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to improve health and health care. We are working alongside others to build a national Culture of Health that provides everyone in America a fair and just opportunity for health and well-being. RWJF has invested more than $1.2 billion in New Jersey since 1972. For more information, visit rwjf.org/nj. Follow the Foundation on Twitter at rwjf.org/twitter or on Facebook at rwjf.org/facebook.