Nurture NJ: Strategic Plan for Achieving Equity in Maternal and Infant Health in New Jersey
Our Goal: To create equity in birth outcomes for all mothers and infants in New Jersey through a strategic plan that will inform state policy, funding and collaboration.
Project Description: This project is part of the Nurture NJ campaign led by the Office of the First Lady (OFL) of New Jersey to coordinate 18 state agencies in creating an equity-focused strategic plan for reducing maternal and infant mortality and eliminating racial disparities in maternal and infant birth outcomes. The contractor, Vijaya Hogan, is collaborating with several experts to develop a comprehensive, actionable, and evidence-based strategic plan for improving maternal and infant health. The plan incorporates the unique circumstances of New Jersey that must be accounted for to maximize and accelerate the achievement of equitable and improved maternal health outcomes in the state.
About the Contractor: Dr. Vijaya Hogan, PhD, is a perinatal epidemiologist. She is currently Adjunct Full Professor at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and formerly adjunct faculty in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UNC School of Medicine and a Research Fellow at the Sheps Center for Health Services Research. The Nurture NJ strategic planning team consists of professionals who have long-term experience conducting research, designing and evaluating programs, and developing theoretically-grounded approaches to addressing maternal health and equity issues.