New Jersey Health Initiatives – the statewide grant-making program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – announced on Monday, 12 two-year grants totaling $100,000, awarded through the NJHI: Upstream Action Accelerationinitiative, to build on strategies toward health improvement within New Jersey communities.
NJHI Upstream Action Accelerationsupports community-focused, cross-sector coalitions to adopt and implement “upstream” environmental-, policy- and systems-change strategies, accelerating their work in areas identified as priorities to improve their communities’ health.
In a press release, NJHI said that grantees working “upstream” will collaborate to achieve statewide impact in addressing social, economic and environmental factors that are known to influence health including income, employment, early childhood development, education, housing, nutrition and the built environment.
“As we continue moving forward in making New Jersey the healthiest state, we’re learning from our grantee communities just how vital cross-sector collaboration is,” said Bob Atkins, director of NJHI in a statement. “We know that by partnering with diverse stakeholders such as residents, educators, law enforcement and elected officials, we can successfully address the factors that influence health.”
The following organizations have been awarded grants under the NJHI: Upstream Action Acceleration initiative to serve the communities listed:
Allies In Caring Inc., Hammonton, project title: Hammonton Health Coalition; AtlantiCare Foundation, Atlantic City, project title: AC Collaborative; Cape Regional Medical Center, Cape May County, project title: Kicking ACES in Cape May County New Jersey; Holly City Development Corp., Millville, project title: Connecting Families to Communities; Ironbound Community Corporation, Newark, project title: Cultivating Tenant Leadership for Community Health in Newark; National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence of Hudson County, North Bergen, project title: North Bergen Municipal Alliance Upstream Action Acceleration; New Jersey Conservation Foundation, Camden, project title: Camden-specific Module to NJ Conservation Blueprint online mapping; Raritan Bay Area YMCA, Perth Amboy, project title: Community Action for Safe Housing; RWJ University Hospital Foundation, Middlesex County, project title: Mobilizing Just for the Health of it: Health Information Library on Wheels; The Gateway Family YMCA, Elizabeth, project title: Pulling Together: All Voices Heard and Count!; Trenton Health Team, Trenton, project title: Accelerating Action for a Healthy Trenton; United Way of Passaic County, Paterson, project title: Accelerating Community Safety.