New Jersey Health Initiatives - A Better State of Health
A Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Program
Understanding Policy, Systems and Environmental Change
March 28, 2018

Policy, Systems and Environmental change (PSE) strategies address the systems and structures of the communities in which we live, learn, work and play. In every community, aspects of daily life account for 70 percent of our health. Approaches to PSE change help stakeholders consider how their communities function, including how resources are allocated and how services are delivered, and the influence of those systems and structures on community health prior to the onset of illness.

These approaches help build healthier communities by supporting individual behavior change–what the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation refers to as “making the healthy choice the easy choice.” While New Jersey Health Initiatives (NJHI) does not adhere to one particular definition, the majority of the community coalitions that NJHI supports are working toward implementing policy, systems and environmental change strategies that will lead to long-term, sustainable community change.