RWJ report makes policy recommendations to build a culture of health

Posted on April 23, 2019

A new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation highlights significant disparities related to race, income and geography.  Together, these gaps in care take a toll on the health of communities and contribute to the nearly 6,400 unnecessary NJ deaths/year.

On Wednesday, leaders from RWJF and Rutgers gathered in Trenton to release the report, “Building a Culture of Health: A Policy Roadmap to Help All New Jerseyans Live Their Healthiest Lives.” It’s the product of nearly a year’s worth of research and hundreds of interviews with community healthcare providers, patients and other stakeholders.

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Over the past year, ACNJ's birth-to-3 advocacy agenda has emphasized the need to give every child a healthy start in life to learn and grow. ACNJ's 2018 Babies Count data book on children under age 3 highlighted how far too many of the state’s youngest children face daunting odds that threaten their potential to succeed and thrive. Certain racial groups are especially vulnerable, with significant disparities in child protection and health outcomes.