The strategy | Social impact and community investment

The RWJBarnabas Health Social Impact and Community Investment (SICI) practice leverages the broad spectrum of system assets to advance a culture of health and improve the quality of life in communities in New Jersey and around the world. With a focus on ensuring health equity, SICI practice is rooted in strategic policy change, combined with innovative, evidence-based programs that address the social, economic and environmental conditions that have a significant impact on health outcomes.

Working collaboratively with stakeholders across the system and within communities, the SICI practice serves as a driver of the system’s anchor mission: Hire Local, Buy Local, Invest Local. To meet this burden, the SICI firm:

  • Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to co-design and drive comprehensive social impact, community investment and external affairs strategies.
  • Work across internal and external boundaries to help improve community conditions.
  • Support local sites to build capacity and implement strategy.
  • Use system resources efficiently by examining the entire system to achieve common goals through standardized practices.
  • Measure and evaluate impact to prove the concept and use funding for scaling up and replicating the initiative.
  • Support communication of efforts to various internal and external stakeholders.


To achieve health equity and improve the well-being of our communities, RWJBarnabas Health contributes to the economic development of our communities. By building stronger community partnerships, providing employment and procurement opportunities, and investing in community wealth creation, RWJBH creates inclusive local economies that provide talent and resilience for the demands of our supply chain. ‘supply.


RWJBarnabas Health recognizes that to effectively address the factors that lead to poor health outcomes, a multi-level approach is needed. Complementing strong policy and systems change efforts, there is strategic investment in communities to implement innovative evidence-based initiatives. Through inclusive and ongoing dialogue with diverse internal and external stakeholders, the SICI practice co-designs interventions that intentionally address issues that drive health disparities and improve health, social and economic outcomes for individuals across the board. New Jersey and in targeted global communities.

Jill E. Washington