New Jersey: Our Home State

Since 1972, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has invested more than $900 million in efforts to improve health in our home state.

We collaborate with universities, hospitals, businesses, policymakers, civic leaders and community organizations throughout New Jersey—recognizing the importance of not just healthy neighborhoods and families, but also a healthy economy, to our overall well-being.

We focus on issues ranging from expanding access to health care to increasing readiness for health emergencies and capacity for a strong response.

Honoring the legacy of our benefactor, we remain dedicated to helping New Jersey become a healthier place to live, work, and play.

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New Jersey Health Initiatives

Dedicated to supporting innovations and driving conversations to create healthier New Jersey communities.

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Partnership for Healthy Kids

Community coalitions in Trenton, Camden, Newark, New Brunswick and Vineland lead efforts to prevent childhood obesity. 

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New Jersey Nursing Initiative

Working to eliminate, or significantly reduce, the state's nurse faculty shortage.

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New Jersey Health Initiatives

August 18, 2016 | Grantee

The New Jersey Health Initiatives (NJHI), a state-wide grant-making program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is designed to support projects in New Jersey that develop new approaches to resolving the state's health care needs.


Can a Single Question Help Families Confront Poverty?

April 13, 2016 | Blog Post

Poverty is one of the biggest health risks that children face today. A new recommendation for pediatricians by the American Academy of Pediatrics aims to help the 1 in 5 U.S. children who live in poverty.


$8.7 Million Funding to National Center to Improve Care for Complex Patients

March 8, 2016 | News Release

AARP, The Atlantic Philanthropies and RWJF collectively invest $8.7 million to fund a national center at the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers to improve care for high-need patients.


Patients' Perspectives on Health Care in the United States

February 29, 2016 | Survey/Poll

An NPR/ Robert Wood Johnson Foundation / Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health poll finds that more adults rate the health care they personally receive as excellent compared to lower marks for the health system in their state or the nation.


Revitalizing Newark in a Healthy Way

February 24, 2016 | Blog Post

Businesses, government agencies, nonprofits, schools and community groups are joining together to revitalize the long-struggling city of Newark, New Jersey in ways that promote not only economic growth, but health and wellness.

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RWJF original headquarters in New Brunswick, N.J.

Follow our growth from a small community foundation headquartered in New Brunswick to the nation's largest philanthropy devoted solely to health. 

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Life Expectancy in Trenton, N.J.

Opportunities to lead a long and healthy life can vary dramatically by neighborhood. The average life expectancy south of downtown Trenton, N.J., is 73 years - 14 years shorter than for babies born a short drive away, near Princeton Junction, N.J.

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