Social Determinates of Health

Social determinants of health are the daily aspects of New Jerseyans’ lives – including housing, food, education, employment, transportation, air quality and other societal issues – that influence the potential for all individuals to lead healthy lives. Through the following initiatives, NJHA is committed to addressing the social issues where our neighbors live, work and play and helping them along the journey to health.

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Campus Outreach

NJHA’s campus events “Unplug and Connect” and “Retroactivity” encourage college students to put down their phones, take out their earbuds and make healthy connections.


Foodies, chefs and dietitians come together on social media under NJHA’s HealthyEatsNJ campaign to share healthy eating tips and recipes.

Patients, Prejudice & Policy
Patients, Prejudice & Policy

This conference series promotes an important dialogue about systemic racism and health disparities for people of color.

Supportive Housing: Group of people holding apartment building image.
Supportive Housing

In a first-of-its kind program, NJHA partnered with the N.J. Housing and Mortgage Financing Agency to connect hospitals and health systems with funding avenues for supportive housing.

Female in smoke.

Vaping is not a harmless substitute for smoking. NJHA data and tools help educate users and providers about the health impacts.