Establishment of a New Jersey Health Policy Center, 2007-2010

In 1999, the Rutgers Center for State Health Policy (CSHP) was established under a major grant from RWJF. The primary purpose of the funding was to create a center in New Jersey to provide timely and relevant health and health care information to the state. In its first seven years, CSHP has demonstrated remarkable achievement in meeting its mission statement "to inform, support and stimulate sound and creative state health policy in New Jersey and around the nation."Critical issues related to various health and health care issues remain high on New Jersey's public policy agenda. To develop sound state health policy, state decision-makers need accurate, timely and impartial information and consultation. The Center enjoys a reputation as a neutral source of rigorous health policy research and is called upon frequently to provide expert consultation on important long-standing health policy issues. New Jersey state government has provided approximately $6.5 million to date on 46 distinct projects to support work commissioned by state agencies and the legislature.This grant will enable CSHP to continue its role in informing , supporting and stimulating New Jersey health policy and serving as a neutral forum for education and dialogue about current health policy concerns. CSHP has already established expertise in areas such as access to care, health insurance coverage, long-term care, health system performance improvement and health care workforce. Under this renewal, CHSP will maintain its resources in these areas but also build capacity and develop new strategies to support state policy in obesity prevention and mental health services. One anticipated project that will provide significant value is a second round of data collection under the New Jersey Family Health Survey (NJFHS). Data from the first NJFHS data collection in 2001 has been useful to both Foundation work and multiple external audiences.CHSP will also continue to compete for external funding, at which it has been successful in the past. Two examples of significant external funding include: (1) a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services-funded, $9.3-million project to work with 48 states in supporting long-term care systems change; and (2) an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality-funded evaluation of New Jersey's hospital regulatory strategy designed to reduce racial disparities in utilization of cardiac diagnostic services.The Center has been successful in meeting the two goals set out by the Foundation: (1) to become a critical information resource for the state's health policy decisions; and (2) to develop sufficient capacity and research and policy expertise to attract significant external revenues towards support of the center's operations. This renewal support will be considered successful if: (1) the state continues to turn to CSHP as a valued resource for health policy resources as evidenced by level of funding, number of projects and appointments to public commissions and task forces; and (2) CSHP continues to receive significant funding from sources outside the state.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $3,000,000.00

Awarded on: 12/20/2006

Time frame: 1/1/2007 - 12/31/2011

Grant Number: 51602


Joel C. Cantor
Project Director