2020 Census Complete Count Resources for New Jersey

Our partners across the state have developed resources to support communities in ensuring a fair and accurate 2020 Census, including:

Advocates for Children of New Jersey’s Census 2020 NJ Web site features a statewide Hard-to-Count map for young children, a directory of local Complete Count Committees, in addition to resources for community advocates in both English and Spanish.

The Fund for New Jersey’s Complete Count NJ Web site, which includes interactive maps and factsheets to identify Hard-to-Count (HTC) areas in the state by legislative district, congressional district and demographic population.

The Hard to Count 2020 interactive map by the CUNY Mapping Service at the Center for Urban Research, CUNY Graduate Center, combines national data from multiple Census Bureau sources to show statistics by tract, county, or state on the share of households receiving each type of Census mailing. This resource can support advocates’ efforts to inform residents about what they can expect in 2020.

2020 County Health Rankings Data

For the past decade, the County Health Rankings have taken the pulse of the nation, showing us where we live matters to our health. The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program, a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, has updated its web site with new data, state reports, evidence and guidance designed to accelerate community learning and action.

To view the State Report for New Jersey, click here.
Visit the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps web site


Investing in Equitable Urban Park Systems: Case Studies & Recommendations by City Parks Alliance

City parks provide access to recreational opportunities, increase property values, spur local economies, improve safety, and mitigate stormwater runoff and other environmental threats. With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, City Parks Alliance is leading a national initiative to research, collect, and disseminate innovative strategies and models for funding parks and green infrastructure in low-income communities. The Alliance’s “Investing in Equitable Urban Park Systems” report  spotlights seven communities that are leading the way in using data-driven approaches to ensure more equitable distribution of funding.

View the Report

“The State of Transportation and Health Equity” Report

This field scan developed by Smart Growth America outlines the most pressing challenges to health equity facing the U.S. transportation system and the tools and strategies to address them, particularly in small and mid-sized cities and rural communities. Informed by nearly 100 health and transportation experts from across the country and featuring community success stories, the report shows available solutions to advance health equity through transportation.

Read key takeaways and download the full report

New Jersey Department of Transportation’s Complete and Green Streets Model Policy and Guide

The New Jersey Department of Transportation, with support from New Jersey Future, Jersey Water Works Green Infrastructure Committee and additional partners, released this guide to support municipalities in creating complete streets policies that also incorporate green infrastructure. In addition, the model policy includes language addressing health, economic development and equity, and provides strengthened implementation mechanisms.

Read more and download the guide
View examples of Green Streets in New Jersey

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): Opportunities to Prevent, Protect Against, and Heal from the Effects of ACEs in New Jersey

This new report developed by the New Jersey Funders ACEs Collaborative of the Burke Foundation, The Nicholson Foundation and the Turrell Fund, details the challenges New Jersey faces in addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and calls for a coordinated statewide response to mitigate their lasting effects on children’s health and well-being. This resource includes:

  • NJ Highlights: Examples of current work around the state to address ACES within communities
    To learn more about Middle Township Police Department’s work highlighted in the report, click here
  • From the Field: Direct quotes and insights from experts
  • Possible Actions: talking points to promote further discussion

The global social impact consulting firm FSG partnered in producing this report.

Read more and access the report

Building a Culture of Health: A Policy Roadmap to Help All New Jerseyans Live Their Healthiest Lives

Creating health equity through public policies is the focus of this new report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in partnership with the Center for State Health Policy and the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University. “Building a Culture of Health: A Policy Roadmap to Help All New Jerseyans Live Their Healthiest Lives” identifies 13 policy priorities for improving health and well-being in the state in three areas: healthy children and families, healthy communities, and high-quality, equitable health and social service systems.

In addition, the report recommends a series of specific evidence-based actions that span many sectors and will help to close health gaps, broaden opportunity, and ensure that everyone in New Jersey can live the healthiest life possible.

Click here to learn more and download the report.

2019 County Health Rankings Released

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

Learn where your county ranks at

Read news coverage from across New Jersey:
Study: County Drops to 7th Healthiest in State
New Jersey Herald/ Comstock, L. (2019, March 19)

Which NJ counties have the worst health outcomes?
Cherry Hill Courier-Post/ Mulford, K., Diamond, M., and Deak, M. (2019, March 19)

New Jersey State Health Assessment 2018

Published by the New Jersey Department of Health, this report examines the health of the state’s population through an analysis of statewide health and demographic data. Featuring color-coded maps in addition to policy background and resource lists, this assessment identifies the following Leading Health Indicators for New Jersey through the year 2020: Improve Access to Health Services; Improve Birth Outcomes; Increase Childhood Immunization Rates; Reduce Heart Disease and Stroke; Reduce Obesity, and Improve Mental Health and Substance Abuse Outcomes.

View the report

City Health Dashboard

The City Health Dashboard offers city- and community- level data with 37 measures of health to provide city leaders with an array of regularly refreshed data to support health-related decision-making. With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the City Health Dashboard offers data for the 500 largest U.S. cities – including nine New Jersey communities – that represent approximately one-third of the U.S. population. This powerful tool also provides evidence-based resources for communities to take action.

Visit the City Health Dashboard web site

The State of Obesity: State Policies to Prevent Obesity – Interactive Maps

Provided as part of the annual State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America report and web site by Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, this interactive tool tracks the status of each state’s efforts on more than 20 polices aimed at preventing obesity and promoting health. The policies are grouped by the categories “Early Childhood,” “Schools,” and “Communities.”

Access the Interactive

Download the annual State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America report, which presents the latest data on obesity and offers 40 policy and practice recommendations from Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The Fund for New Jersey’s Complete Count Web site

Valuable information about New Jersey’s communities is collected during the decennial census and related surveys. The Fund for New Jersey developed the Complete Count NJ web site as a resource to help identify Hard-to-Count areas throughout the state. Interactive maps as well as supplemental resources and news are available on the website.

Access the Complete Count NJ web site here

Read the Fund for New Jersey’s policy paper, Toward a Fair and Accurate Census 2020 here