Population Health and Wellness
According to the U.S. Census, South Jersey is home to more than 2.4 million residents. Its eight counties span rich geography full of multifaceted industries and economies, as well as diverse communities—all of which play a role in overall health, and health disparities, throughout the region.
In this area, WRI focuses on population health, or “the health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group.” WRI conducts research, collects and analyzes data, and translates the findings for use by a broad range of stakeholders. We apply this knowledge toward policy development and program implementation. In turn, we evaluate policies and programs for effectiveness, further contributing to the research base available to decision-makers and practitioners.
Our work connects those who need it with the objective research and guidance necessary to make informed decisions about population health policy and program implementation. WRI is also a sought-after backbone organization with a strong history of facilitating collaborative population health and wellness initiatives.
Current and Ongoing Projects
Community Design for Health and Wellness
Veterans Helping Veterans
A new partnership between Rutgers School of Nursing-Camden (RSNC) and WRI has resulted in federal funding for an innovative new program for military veterans to become nurses and provide primary care to other veterans.
Planning for Regional Drug and Alcohol Prevention
WRI has partnered with The Southwest Council to provide strategic planning support for drug and alcohol prevention coalitions in Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties.
South Jersey Community Health Needs Assessment
WRI has conducted community health needs assessments for the South Jersey Health Collaborative in Burlington, Camden, and Gloucester counties.
Opioid Abuse Jail Diversion Program Planning and Evaluation
WRI is working with Camden County Correctional Facility to plan and evaluate their opioid abuse diversion program, funded by the U.S. Department of Justice.
CDHW-IRG has provided seed funding to 14 projects, selected through competitive review, that have proposed novel approaches to addressing classic “upstream” issues that can impact personal health and community well-being.
Loneliness and transportation among the biggest obstacles to health in South Jersey, according to WRI report on health needs.
WRI partnered with several hospital systems in the region to research, facilitate and compile the most recent Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNA).
Reports and Resources