Population health refers to “the health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group.” The Walter Rand Institute 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 initiatives.
Veterans Serving 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 their drug and alcohol prevention coalitions in Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties.
South Jersey Health Collaborative Community Health Needs Assessments
WRI is conducting 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 US Department of Justice-funded opioid abuse diversion program.
Inspira Community Health Needs Assessment
WRI is conducting Inspira Health Network’s Community Health Needs Assessments in Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem Counties.
Data Analytics for Population Health Conference
The Walter Rand Institute has secured funding to host a campus wide conference on population health data analytics.
Hansen Foundation Evaluation
The Hansen Foundation has contracted with WRI to conduct an evaluation of its supportive substance abuse recovery solutions
Office of Research and Economic Development Population Health Research Funding Program
WRI, in partnership with Rutgers’ School of Communication and Information, has received a $200,000 grant to fund interdisciplinary population health research.
Breast Cancer Care and Outcomes in Southern New Jersey
This study examines breast cancer treatment and outcomes in the Southern New Jersey Counties, focusing on disparate outcomes across sub-populations, and compares the region with the state as a whole.
Co-Occurring Reentry Program Evaluation
WRI is evaluating the Second Chance Reentry Program for Adults with Co-Occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Health Disorders at the Camden County Correctional Facility.
Cooper University Health Care’s Improving Health Care to Veterans Program Evaluation
Cooper University Health Care contracted WRI to evaluate their New Jersey Department of Health-funded Improving Health Care to Veterans Program. The program addresses the challenges of providing timely access to comprehensive primary and behavioral healthcare for veterans.
Live Healthy Bridgeton Coalition
The Live Healthy Bridgeton Coalition is a partnership of public, private, and nonprofit organizations focused on improving health outcomes for the residents of Bridgeton, NJ.
Next Generation of Community Leaders Program Evaluation
WRI is conducting a three-year evaluation of a New Jersey Health Initiatives-funded Next Generation of Community Leaders Program at Gateway Community Action Partnership in Bridgeton, NJ.
Planning Study for Ending Food Insecurity in Bridgeton City
With funding from the Pappas Family Foundation, WRI is creating a plan for development of a food distribution program in the City of Bridgeton and Cumberland County.
South Jersey Strengthening Families Initiative Evaluation
Commissioned by Pascale Sykes Foundation, WRI examines the impact of social service organization collaboration on child well-being, financial stability of families, and relationships between children and their caregivers.
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