The Health Task Force convenes a wide diversity of stakeholders who are committed to improving the health and well-being of New Brunswick residents.
The task force identifies, analyzes and develops solutions to some of the most complex health issues facing our residents. When appropriate, NBT seeks and leverages financial support to invest in solutions that have been vetted through its process that includes the community, the task force and the NBT Board of Directors.
Once the solution is ready, NBT prepares for implementation by working with the appropriate partner(s). NBT’s role is also to obtain and analyze program data to determine if the solution works. If it does, efforts are made to sustain and institutionalize the strategy within the community partner(s). If it does not, NBT and its partner(s) work to refine the strategy until the desired outcome is achieved. This process has been utilized successfully for over 35 years to build the community’s network of social programs that help families live a better quality of life.
A recent example of our work includes our leadership in the area of reversing the trend of childhood obesity. New Brunswick, as well as the nation, is searching for strategies that will reverse the trend of childhood obesity. A total of 39 percent of city residents report that they are dealing with weight problems. With the generous support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids – New Brunswick (NJPHK-NB) was formed to reverse the trend of childhood obesity in New Brunswick by 2015 by improving access to affordable healthy foods and beverages and increasing opportunities for physical activity in the community. The project is well underway and it is a collaborative effort co-directed by New Brunswick Tomorrow and the Raritan Valley YMCA, with the active participation of many New Brunswick community partners.
Our Program Partners:
Eric B. Chandler Health Center
Saint Peter’s University Hospital
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
YMCA of Raritan Valley
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Rutgers, Dept. of Nutritional Sciences
Rutgers Center for State Health Policy
For a list of our current initiatives, please visit our Evaluation page.