About the New Jersey Public Health Institute
The New Jersey Public Health Institute (NJPHI) is an independent, nonprofit, non-partisan organization serving the state as a:
- Catalyst to advance public health and well being for all New Jerseyans.
- Champion of scientifically based research initiatives that are informed by public health practice experience and make a real difference in community health.
New Jersey's public health community is competent, committed, energetic and well positioned to meet current and future public health challenges – if provided the resources necessary to achieve its broad mandate. Unfortunately, the current public health system is hampered by:
- A poorly coordinated structure that hinders effective statewide policymaking;
- A generally narrow range of activities that is not commensurate with its scope and mission;
- Limited public visibility and support for its core mission;
- An academic research infrastructure focused more on better-compensated basic science and less on applied, community or translational research; and
- An ongoing loss of human capital accelerated by an aging workforce, comparatively meager pay, and poorly defined career tracks.
NJPHI will serve New Jersey's public health community as a:
Convener – Nurturing meaningful dialogue and collaboration among New Jersey's public health stakeholders.
Incubator – Fostering, identifying, synthesizing and disseminating innovative solutions for New Jersey's public health challenges.
Advocate – Giving voice to the state's public health issues and needs.
Trainer – Addressing gaps in the state's training for public health.
Resource – Serving as a clearinghouse for public health information, speakers, job, internships and grant opportunities and providing technical assistance to agencies and communities.
NJPHI goals include:
Applied Research – NJPHI complements existing initiatives by funding research that addresses acknowledged gaps and encourages collaboration among academic and practice-based researchers at state and local health departments, academic institutions and community-based organizations. NJPHI will serve as a re-grantor to make foundation and governmental funding available to public and nonprofit agencies.
Education – NJPHI is developing an online public health journal, newsletter, website and focused leadership-development programs for the state. Educational activities would be conducted in coordination and collaboration with entities already providing education and training to New Jersey's public health workforce. An editorial/education board sets NJPHI education policy, solicits papers, conducts evaluation, and provides for appropriate peer review of the institute journal, and other published materials and programs.
Service – NJPHI activities are tailored to its unique position as an independent, non-partisan, nonprofit organization with an efficient organizational structure. As a trusted intermediary, NJPHI will create connections and leverage resources for entities representing communities in need. For example, NJPHI will have the capacity to serve as the accrediting organization of the state's health departments, working with key public health stakeholders. NJPHI will provide technical support to state and local public health agencies and associations through resource development initiatives such as grant-writing assistance, staff development, contract and brokering services, and consultation.
Advocacy – NJPHI will be a powerful voice for New Jersey by providing policymakers with objective, unbiased data and encouraging the development of effective public health policy that improves health outcomes and promotes economic prosperity. NJPHI advocacy outreach will include legislators, the media, public, public health community, and students who are considering a public health career.
NJPHI relies on a variety of funding sources, including state grants, contracts, appropriations, public health foundations, federal grants, corporate and private donations and conversion foundation disbursements.
Comprised of state and business leaders, a Board of Trustees serves as the NJPHI governing body, collaboratively formulating and achieving the institute’s priorities. Paid staff may include a chief executive officer and other professional and support personnel necessary to manage all NJPHI activities. An Advisory Board and Agency, Organization and Association Board consisting of representatives from key public health, health care, business, academic, labor, public interest and governmental entities supports the Board of Trustees. NJPHI staff is developing a portfolio of research projects and grants, educational initiatives, and advocacy and service projects to accomplish these priorities.