New Jersey Health Initiatives Program

323 Cooper Street Camden, NJ 08102


New Jersey Health Initiatives (NJHI) is a statewide grantmaking program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation located on the Camden campus of Rutgers University. The program’s director is Robert L. Atkins, Ph.D., R.N. Calvin Bland, Research Professor, serves as an advisor to the program. NJHI supports innovations and drives conversations to build healthier communities through grantmaking across the State of New Jersey. To meet the many health needs of the state’s diverse populations, regions and communities, the NJHI program encourages collaboration across sectors in the state’s communities to foster deep relationships committed to long-term improvements in health and health care.

NJHI’s mission mirrors that of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation — to improve the health and health care of all Americans. NJHI does this by striving to build a Culture of Health in New Jersey, the Foundation’s home state, that will enable the state’s populations to live longer, healthier lives now and for generations to come.

Building healthier communities requires meaningful conversations with the input of many voices and the adoption of innovative ideas and practices that build the capacity of individuals and organizations. NJHI collaborates with an array of organizations across the state and nationally to drive conversations that address the many factors that influence health. NJHI promotes and supports innovative approaches to addressing the array of health challenges facing New Jersey communities through statewide convenings, white papers, and small grants to innovative organizations.

Information on current NJHI grantees and grant application cycles and procedures are available on the program’s website:

Robert Atkins,
Ph.D., R.N.

Program Director