New Jersey: Our Home State

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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.

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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.

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RWJF takes pride in our home state, and in doing our part to build a Culture of Health right here at home.
RWJF takes pride in our home state, and in doing our part to build a Culture of Health right here at home.

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RWJF takes pride in our home state, and in doing our part to build a Culture of Health right here at home.

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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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New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids

Implementing environment and policy changes to help children achieve a healthy weight.  

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New Jersey Nursing Initiative

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

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Catchafire New Jersey

Free access to Catchafire, an online tool that matches nonprofit organizations with passionate professionals looking to donate their skills.

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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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County Health Rankings and Roadmaps

Learn how counties in New Jersey rank for health outcomes that represent measures of how long people live and how healthy people feel.

Read the state report