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The Practical Playbook II: Building Multisector Partnerships That Work

– Described as “the definitive guide to the secret sauce of improving public and population health,” this new resource from the deBeaumont Foundation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Duke University School of Medicine brings together more than 100 public health, medicine, urban planning, business and public works experts from across the country to answer questions about building, scaling and sustaining cross-sector partnerships to maximize impact.

The playbook consists of eight sections:

  • Introduction: Accelerating Partnerships for Health
  • Collaboration: Engaging Diverse Sectors
  • Data: Finding and Using Information
  • Innovation: Enhancing Coordinated Impact Through New Roles and Tools
  • Sustainability and Finance: Supporting Partnerships over Time
  • Policy: Achieving Sustained Impact
  • Training and Workforce: Preparing for the Future that is Already Here
  • Conclusion: Taking the Next Steps toward Population Health

Browse the Table of Contents and links to each section here
View Acknowledgments and Contributors
Purchase a hard copy here


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)

Dangerous by Design 2019

– This new report from the National Complete Streets coalition and Smart Growth America provides data and resources to support communities working to make streets safer for cyclists, pedestrians and motorists. Complete Streets policies seek to reduce pedestrian and cycling fatalities, which exceeded 49,000 nationwide between 2008 and 2017. In addition to New Jersey Department of Transportation policy, eight NJ counties and nearly 150 NJ communities have enacted resolutions in support of Complete Streets as of February 2019.

Browse Rankings and Data by Metro Area
View the Interactive Map of Pedestrian Fatality Data from 2008-2017
Get the Full Report


ALICE: A Study of Financial Hardship in New Jersey

– ALICE is an acronym used to describe households that are Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. These community members work, but are unable to afford basic necessities that can influence health, such as housing, food, child care and transportation. According to this latest United Way of Northern New Jersey report, 1.2 million households in the state meet ALICE guidelines. Accompanying the report are an overview booklet and an interactive map, offering a suite of resources to learn more about ALICE in New Jersey.

Access the Overview Booklet
Download the Full Report
Visit the Interactive Map


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

Resources Developed by the NJHI: Next Generation Community Leaders

Atlantic City’s Lead A.C., 2018
A team of Atlantic City youth worked to improve access to healthy foods by partnering with local food banks and the Care AC coalition to create a better system for allocating food, developed the Feed AC app to promote distribution locations to Atlantic City residents.

Perth Amboy’s Emerging Leaders for a Healthier Community, 2018
This team of Perth Amboy youth worked to address street and traffic safety in their community. They partnered with Rutgers University to complete traffic safety audits and address walkability to local parks to determine the best routes and locations for the Raritan Bay Area YMCA mobile farmers’ market, also known as the “Veggie Van.” Traffic Safety and Walkability Audit

Secaucus Next Generation Community Leaders, 2018 and 2019
In partnership with the Secaucus Environmental Department’s Green Business Initiative, the school district and local businesses, the Secaucus Next Generation Community Leaders worked to raise awareness about environmental health. They worked to create a composting system, completed audits of community parks, shared recommendations with City Councilmembers about necessary changes that can improve residents’ access to parks and promote increased physical activity by park visitors and developed a series of public service announcements to engage residents in this work.




The Inclusive Healthy Places Framework

– While vibrant public spaces foster a healthy community, not all public spaces or the neighborhoods that surround them are created or maintained equitably. The Inclusive Healthy Places Framework, developed by the Gehl Institute with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, helps planners and policymakers identify the type of evidence needed to help make decisions and fund public space projects that promote individual and community health and well-being.

View details and download the full report

Access the Framework Summary

All In: Data for Community Health Podcast

All In: Data for Community Health has released the first episodes of its new podcast, which features conversations with local leaders who are collaborating with other sectors to share data that provides a more complete picture of community health needs. In each episode, community leaders discuss the challenges they faced, their secrets to success, and the lessons they learned along the way that can help other communities.

Listen to the podcast on the All In website here. The podcast is also available on iTunes, Stitcher, and TuneIn.

Episodes focusing on NJHI-supported communities:
Bringing Multi-Sector Partners Together to Tackle Obesity in Hunterdon County, NJ

All In: Data for Community Health Podcast. (2019, April 1).
This podcast is also available on iTunesStitcher, and TuneIn.