New Jersey: Our Home State
A Policy Roadmap to Help All New Jerseyans Live Their Healthiest Lives
New Jersey has a lot to be proud of when it comes to health, but there also are wide, persistent—and in some cases, growing—gaps in health across the state. A series of comprehensive, equity-promoting policies are needed to ensure that everyone in our state has a fair and just opportunity to be healthy. A new report calls for policy actions that will help to close health gaps, broaden opportunity, and ensure that everyone in N.J.—no matter who they are, where they live, or how much money they make—can live their healthiest life possible.
Webinar: Health Equity in New Jersey During and After the Pandemic
RWJF Director of New Jersey Grantmaking, Maisha Simmons, along with a cross section of leaders, discuss strategies and solutions needed for post-pandemic health equity in New Jersey. Watch the webinar recording.
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"All things being equal. Those words take me back to my high school track career. We’d start the 100-yard dash in a line across the track. But the 200-yard dash had a staggered start so the person in the inside lane didn’t run a shorter race than the person in the farthest outside lane." —Maisha Simmons
Though locking down the economy and shuttering schools have been drastic but necessary steps to slow the spread of COVID-19, those decisions also have unhealthy side effects.
Richard Besser talks about the connection between public health and politics, the need to resolve health care disparities, and how RWJF has helped families and communities feeling the greatest strain under the COVID-19 health emergency.
Honoring the legacy of our benefactor, Robert Wood Johnson II, we remain dedicated to helping New Jersey become a healthier place to live, work, and play.
Since 1972, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has invested more than $1.2 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.