Since 1972, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has invested more than $1.5 billion 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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How Healthy Are New Jersey's Counties?

June 25, 2015

On Wednesday March 25, 2015 New Jersey’s 2015 County Health Rankings were announced. The press conference showcased successful efforts helping to build a Culture of Health in the Garden State.


Recent Changes in Primary Care Delivery and Health Provider Systems in New Jersey

June 2, 2015 | Report

In recent years, New Jersey hospitals have formed larger systems through mergers and acquisitions, entered into a variety of partnerships and affiliations, and have opened convenient care clinics. Learn more.


Restoration and Resurrection

January 22, 2015 | Story

Out of a $1.5 million dollar grant that RWJF provided to the NY/NJ Snowflake Youth Foundation, $100,000 went to Jersey Cares, a nonprofit that enlists volunteers to undertake high-impact community projects like rebuilding playgrounds.


New Jersey Summit on the Future of Nursing

January 20, 2015 | Story

An Institute of Medicine report that calls for education reform results in a rallying cry for nurses to elevate and integrate with changes in the health care field.


Changing the Conversation about Obesity

January 9, 2015 | Blog Post

Obesity is a disease, not a decision. It's time to start talking in a new way about the epidemic.

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