Project Description 

The New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute (NJHCQI) established a three-year project called Healthy Communities create Healthy Citizens (HCHC), funded by the United Health Foundation. HCHC works with Jersey City, Trenton, and Cumberland County to develop sustainable programs that address common challenges identified in the three communities’ Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNAs) including achieving healthier lifestyles; improving health literacy; and better managing chronic diseases. NJHCQI will use the experience and relationships of both our Mayors Wellness Campaign and QI Collaborative to add long-term support to community health improvement efforts already underway in Jersey City, Trenton, and Cumberland County.

The United Health Foundation has provided funding to support this work for three years, from October 1, 2015 to September 30, 2018. We hope that the work done in these three communities over the next three years will serve as a model that can be replicated in other communities. Funding will be used to support the program, including sub-granting to our community partners to offer residents increased healthy lifestyle programming and health literacy and chronic disease management tools. Learn more about the HCHC initiative on the UnitedHealth Group Social Responsibility page. 

Project Goals

In Trenton, Jersey City, and Cumberland County, we aim to:

  • Expand access to healthy lifestyle initiatives;
  • Improve health literacy; and
  • Improve chronic disease management.

How are We Working with our Local Partners?

We have identified a key community partner and provider partner in each region. These partners work tirelessly to serve their communities but face similar challenges in doing so. NJHCQI hopes to address these challenges and enhance their work by fostering collaboration and offering long-term solutions. We aim to support and enhance the work they are already doing, and to encourage collaboration across the health care and civic sectors. Over the three year grant cycle, we will support these regions in ways including:

  • NJHCQI will provide mini grants to host healthy lifestyle activities and wellness fairs;
  • NJHCQI will research and identify useful resources for improving health literacy and chronic disease management, and support our partners in sharing these resources with their patients and constituents; and
  • NJHCQI will provide an online, community specific resource bank called Aunt Bertha with information regarding health and social services. The Aunt Bertha websites are as follows:
  • "Healthy Communities create Healthy Citizens" in the Press

  • Health Literacy Resources


    1. Healthier Heart Farmer's Market

      Date: July 1, 2016 / 4:30pm Time: 12:00pm / 4:30pm Location: Trinity Cathedral