We are working collaboratively with open minds, determination, and commitment to ensure that Black women and brown women have full access to equitable, safe, high-quality health care that leads to safe pregnancies, labor and delivery, and healthy thriving babies.

Nurture NJ Accomplishments to Date

Key Milestones


  • Increased funding for family planning.
  • Commemorated the first Maternal Health Awareness Day.
  • Held community engagement forums.
  • Key data briefs published.
  • “Healthy Women, Healthy Families” initiative launched.
  • Established New Jersey Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit.
  • Earned Income Tax Credit increased.
  • Earned Sick Leave went into effect.
  • Ensured financial aid equity.
  • Increased college affordability.
  • Studies on health equity launched.
  • Signed sweeping equal pay legislation.


  • Nurture NJ Campaign officially launched.
  • Took steps toward economic equity.
  • Set goals to reduce environmental hazards.
  • New Jersey Transit’s Maternal Infant Health (MIH) application launched.
  • New Jersey Department of Health established    Important data markers.
  • Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) expanded.
  • Key data briefs published.
    • Maternal Mental Health
    • Unintended Pregnancies Among Mothers in New Jersey
    • The Effect of Childbirth Classes on  Nulliparous, Term, Singleton, Vertex (NTSV) Deliveries and Breastfeeding Among New Jersey Mothers
    • Women’s Health and Alcohol Use
  • Expanded Centering Pregnancy.
  • Advanced the work of the New Jersey Maternal Care Quality Collaborative (NJMCQC).
  • Established the New Jersey Maternal Data Center (NJMDC).
  • Work launched to develop respectful care at birth.
  • Perinatal Risk Assessment work advanced.
  • Initiatives launched to improve Medicaid efforts around maternal health.
  • First annual Report Card of Hospital Maternity Care published.
  • Key federal funding secured by NJDOH.
  • Began increases to the minimum wage to $15 per hour.


  • Child care access expanded through increased subsidies and decreased co-pays.
  • Under the Murphy Administration, toddler care rates have increased from $717 to $830 per month and pre-school rates from $585 to $690 per month, with higher rates for higher quality rated programs.
  • Increased funding for family planning.
  • Implicit bias initiative work continued.
  • Second annual Report Card of Hospital Maternity Care published.
  • First meeting of the new MMRC held.
  • Invested in the community health worker workforce.
  • Office of New Americans expanded access.
  • Work to expand access to doula services continued.
  • Hospital Partnership Subsidy Program expanded.
  • Paid leave expanded.
  • Made major investment in environmental justice.
  • Equity work incorporated at leading state agencies.
  • Interagency Task Force to Combat Youth Bias report released.
  • New Jersey’s state-based health insurance marketplace launched.
  • State Plan for Higher Education working groups published best practices.
  • Plan First family planning initiative launched.
  • Statewide initiative on Adverse Childhood Experiences launched.