Healthier New Brunswick

HNB helps empower the community by engaging leadership that cuts across diverse disciplines. The strengths of the Healthier New Brunswick are found in its network of partnerships throughout the city of New Brunswick. As such, Healthier New Brunswick is a collective effort comprised of many individuals and organizations within the city of New Brunswick: including, city residents, community-based organizations, local hospital systems, businesses, academic and educational organizations, local and regional governments, service organizations, faith-based networks, and health organizations

Partners work together to:

  • Build on the diverse partnerships that promote health and wellness in the greater New Brunswick community;
  • Improve communication to create awareness of community health improvement efforts, priorities and available resources;
  • Minimize the duplication of efforts around community health services; and
  • Provide a forum for exchange and coordination to address community health needs; including, funding, educational workshops, training, and other health services.

The HNB initiative includes four specific areas of focus:

  1. Engaging the community to raise awareness around available health care services and new health initiatives;
  2. Initiating dialogue amongst community stakeholders to identify and implement community health initiatives;
  3. Facilitating workgroups and coalitions to address health needs through recognized community health data and agendas i.e. Healthy People 2020; and,
  4. Developing and implementing assessments to measure and grow capacity of HNB initiatives.

Within the scope of these four specific areas of focus, HNB is committed to engaging community members in the process of developing a systems approach to health improvement – both to inform, and be informed – fostering a mutual, reciprocal relationship that presumes to include educational, preventive, and other broad-based interventions.

New Brunswick Tomorrow – Health Task Force

engages diverse community stakeholders to identify, analyze and develop solutions to complex health issues facing residents

  • Convene and engage community stakeholders in identifying, developing and implementing community health initiatives. Provide a forum that fosters communication and collaboration between community organizations, faith-based networks, academic groups, civic leaders, local business owners, corporations and healthcare providers with community health services. This allows task force members to pool resources, work together on shared objectives, build long-term relationships and shared ownership of successful health outcomes. Also, this serves to integrate and coordinate medical, non-medical and policy efforts at the community level, and swell the base of individuals and organizations actively involved in bringing their know-how, reach, influence, and assets to promote a healthier New Brunswick.
  • Promote city-wide initiatives targeting resident needs to increase awareness of health care services and educational opportunities that address health issues affecting the community. These initiatives help residents take steps to maintain their health by empowering them to access services that enhance their ability to self-manage their health conditions.

Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Office of Community Health convenes the Alliance for a Healthier New Brunswick and collaborates with institutional partners in workgroups and coalitions. These workgroups and coalitions have congruent objectives that engage needs and potential intervention strategies and collaborations:

  • Facilitate new and active coalitions and workgroups to guide their agendas to meet community health needs. This, too, fosters communication and collaboration among stakeholders, however, it is distinct in that it serves to rally compatible initiatives with a concentrated focus and builds upon the strengths of our health partners, providing avenues to organize programmatic and clinical delivery of services that impact community health. Community health indicators and common community health agendas (i.e. Healthy People 2020) inform the work of the coalitions and workgroups.
  • Conduct a systematic review of existing assessments and develop an evaluation process for initiatives contributing to Healthier New Brunswick. Using existing assessments and data develop an understanding of New Brunswick’s health landscape including the health status and health care needs of residents. This will provide direction to Alliance workgroups and coalitions and include working with community partners to develop an evaluation processes that will inform initiatives as they evolve. These evaluations will provide an understanding of positive changes made in the community by HNB initiatives. The evaluative process will serve as a resource to HNB participants to aid in developing on-going evaluations of health-related programming in New Brunswick.