New Jersey ranks well in some social determinants and other health care factors but lags in other categories, according to the Health Opportunity and Equity Initiative.
The HOPE initiative was compiled by the National Collaborative for Health Equity, the Center on Society and Health at Virginia Commonwealth University, and the Texas Health Institute, and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Princeton.
It found New Jersey ranks highly in access to health care but sits 44th among all states for affordable housing. A person making minimum wage would need to work 106 hours per week to afford a fair market rental unit for living, the study found.
New Jersey ranked first among all states for air quality, 28th in affordable health care and 37th in home ownership per capita.
The study can be found at the National Collaborative for Health Equity’s website.