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Healthy communities are ones in which all residents have access to the systems and conditions that allow them to live the healthiest lives possible and where principles of equity, diversity and inclusion are routinely practiced in civic processes and decision-making. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people with disabilities are disproportionately affected with chronic diseases and conditions.

The Inclusive Healthy Communities (IHC) Grant Program is an initiative designed to provide funding opportunities to communities and organizations in New Jersey to promote inclusive practices that support the health and well-being of individuals with disabilities in the communities where they live. Through the IHC Program, DDS seeks to advance practice, systems and environmental changes to enhance healthy community outcomes for people with disabilities.

Grants will address three mutually reinforcing, specific objectives and with the broad focus on all people with disabilities, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, immigration status and/or income:

  • adopt processes that are inclusive of people with disabilities as part of efforts to plan and create healthy communities; and
  • plan and implement lasting strategies that deliver the benefits of healthy communities to people with disabilities; and
  • advance sustainable practice, systems and environmental change that address the pre-existing physical, environmental, social, and economic challenges that prevent people with disabilities from having full access to the conditions that support health and well-being.

Grantees and Awards

The following organizations were selected to receive grant funding under the Division of Disability Services’ first Inclusive Healthy Communities Grant Program (IHC):

  • The College of New Jersey (Sustainable Jersey)
  • Pinelands Preservation Alliance, Inc.
  • Township of Evesham
  • Children’s Specialized Hospital
  • Woods Services, Inc.
  • Trenton Health Team, Inc.
  • Rowan University Foundation
  • Township of Hanover
  • Rutgers University, Newark – Abbott Leadership Institute
  • Ocean County Board of Health
  • City Green, Inc.
  • Family Resource Network, Inc.
  • NJ Association of Community Providers
  • Allies in Caring, Inc.
  • The Jewish Community Center of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties
  • County of Hudson
  • American Academy of Pediatrics – NJ Chapter
  • Supportive Housing Association of NJ, Inc.

Implementation began Jan 4, 2021 and will end June 30, 2022. Descriptions and locations of each initiative can be viewed on the interactive map below:


Resources for Inclusive Healthy Community Planning

Disability Profile Snapshot

Rutgers Bloustein 



30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Disability Services

Reaching People with Disabilities through Healthy Communities, National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD)

Commit to Inclusion, National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD)


1/6/2021 – Press Release – NJ Human Services Awards $1.3M in Grants to Create Inclusive Healthy Communities for Individuals with Disabilities

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