The Walter Rand Institute has joined the movement to build a Culture of Health in New Jersey with the announcement by New Jersey Health Initiatives (NJHI) of new grants to help make the Garden State a healthier place for people to live, learn, work and play.

“This is a terrific opportunity for communities across the state tell us what their biggest health challenges are and how they are collaborating across sectors to address them,” explained Bob Atkins, PhD, RN, FAAN, director of NJHI, which is the statewide grantmaking program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the nation’s largest philanthropy dedicated solely to health and the largest foundation headquartered in New Jersey. Across the state, RWJF is working to build a Culture of Health, where health is a core value and where everyone has the opportunity to live the healthiest life possible. This vision recognizes that many factors influence health—including poverty, environment, opportunities for education and jobs, safe and affordable housing, availability of nutritious food and places for physical activity, and access to health care, child care, and social services—creating the need for action within and across sectors.

The grant will support work in Bridgeton city.  WRI will bring public, non-profit, for-profit, and community stakeholders together to strategically plan programs and policies which will holistically address health issues in the area. This work follows WRI’s past efforts in health coalition strategic planning, namely last year’s work with the Live Healthy Salem County Coalition and the development of a Blueprint for Action.

To learn more about past grant recipients, visit and check out NJHI’s YouTube channel to learn about projects already underway.

About New Jersey Health Initiatives
New Jersey Health Initiatives is the statewide grantmaking program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Established in 1987 in honor of the New Jersey philanthropic legacy of RWJF’s founder, Robert Wood Johnson, 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 our state’s diverse populations, regions and communities, the NJHI program encourages collaboration across sectors to foster deep relationships committed to long-term change affording all New Jerseyans the opportunity to live the healthiest life possible. Learn more about NJHI at, and follow us on Twitter at

About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is the largest private foundation in New Jersey and has worked for more than 40 years to improve health and health care. We are working with others to build a national Culture of Health enabling everyone in America to live longer, healthier lives. RWJF has invested more than $900 million in New Jersey since 1972. For more information, visit Follow the Foundation on Twitter at or on Facebook at