Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan

It is with great pleasure that we present the strategic plan for the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

Reflected in these pages are the voices of Institute faculty and staff as well as our colleagues and partners from across Rutgers and the community. Our vision for sustainable growth, to be realized through five goals in alignment with our mission and values, is based on a comprehensive strategic planning process informed by extensive stakeholder input.

Over the course of the next five years, we will build on the Institute’s legacy that began 35 years ago with its founding by David Mechanic, PhD, while preserving the multidisciplinary structure and dynamic that makes it truly unique. We will continue to foster rigorous theory-based research and innovative training, creating a collaborative hub for investigators across New Jersey and beyond. We will advance the translation of knowledge to impact policy and practice, with greater emphasis on engagement and partnerships.

The Institute has been moving the needle on population health for decades. Going forward, we will embrace this essential area of research more comprehensively, actively addressing salient and timely challenges, like health equity, healthy aging, behavioral health, pharmacoepidemiology, health services and health policy research, and many others. We are excited about the continued expansion of our infrastructure to support several major projects that coincide with the launch of this new plan, including what will be the largest cohort study New Jersey has seen to date.

This is a pivotal time for our Institute. We invite you to join us, and collectively, we will become even more visible, valuable, and viable.

Mission, Vision, & Values

Ignite reciprocal and sustainable partnerships with diverse communities to serve as the platform for synergistic collaboration by establishing a strong infrastructure and foundation.

Build on the strengths of Rutgers University to conduct rigorous scientific research to improve population health by focusing on interconnected and cutting-edge sciences.

Translate knowledge to support health care systems in serving the needs of diverse populations regionally and beyond by informing linguistically and culturally appropriate evidence-based clinical care and community services.

Educate and disseminate novel resources to patients, families, communities, and policy makers to improve health and well-being of diverse populations.

Catalyze synergy in rigorous and interdisciplinary collaborative research to expand state, federal and philanthropic funding on population health sciences.

Foster innovative training and development programs for Rutgers students, staff, and faculty who are interested in population health issues, and prepare the next generation of leaders to shape our world.


Goal 1: Build a strong core infrastructure and identity as an institute founded on excellence, collaboration, and innovation. 

Goal 2: Advance the state-of-science on population health and foster the development and expansion of the Institute’s interdisciplinary and synergistic centers and programs.

Goal 3: Collaborate with Rutgers Health systems and regional partners to advance interdisciplinary and theory-based research to inform practice and test models of care aimed at improving population health.

Goal 4: With a focus on diversity and inclusion, attract and retain talented and dedic dedicated faculty and staff to support the Institute’s vision.

Goal 5: Develop a sound business model to provide sustainable resources to achieve our vision for the future.

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Throughout the year long strategic planning process, multiple workgroups came together across the entire campus to layout their goals and objectives. These thoughtful documents critically informed the process and culminated into the IFH strategic plan above.