Developing a Blueprint for Action to Promote a Culture of Health in New Brunswick – With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), Rutgers is helping to facilitate the development of a strategic plan, a “Blueprint for Action,” to promote health and wellness for residents in the City of New Brunswick. As part of this effort, Rutgers is working cooperatively with partners throughout the City including city agencies, community based organizations, health care providers, and businesses to identify a set of strategies that, over several years, can advance policies, programs and systems that inherently integrate health into decision-making. Areas of focus include efforts that improve access to quality and affordable health care as well as efforts that address underlying social determinants of health including housing, transportation and food access.
The New Brunswick project is guided by four interconnected action areas identified by the RWJF as essential to transforming the values of a community to one that ensures that all residents can lead the healthiest lives possible. These include:
- Making Health a Shared Value;
- Fostering Cross-Sector Collaboration to Improve Well-Being;
- Creating Healthier, More Equitable Communities; and
- Strengthening Integration of Health Services and Systems.
Through collaboration and problem solving, the work of Healthier New Brunswick is focused on making sustainable systems changes and policy-oriented, long-term solutions for healthier living in the City of New Brunswick.