New Jersey: Our Home State

Since 1972, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has invested more than $1.1 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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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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New Jersey Nursing Initiative

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

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Creating a Shared Vision to Help Restore Atlantic City

February 20, 2018 | Blog Post

Atlantic City demonstrates how cross-sector coalitions built on a foundation of trust are key to building healthier communities.


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 | Report

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.


State Variation in Narrow Networks on the ACA Marketplaces

August 1, 2015 | Brief

A state-by-state analysis delves into how much choice consumers have over the doctors they see, if they purchased insurance through Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces.

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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. 

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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