What is Community?
Community can be defined by geography, political boundaries, or other characteristics. For example, New Jersey has 565 municipalities, but because we are the 4th most racially and ethnically diverse and the most densely populated state, each of our municipalities is made up of many distinct communities. These communities consist of groups of people who share characteristics such as culture, goals, shared ideas, or passion to a cause. Each of our communities perceives successes, needs, and solutions to problems through their own lens. Because of the uniqueness of different NJ communities, we understand that what works in one community may not work in another. Thus, we embrace a one size does not fit all approach. That is why community partnerships and ongoing community engagement are so important. Together with communities, Rutgers CINJ conducts interventions together to address biological (e.g., genetic), environmental, access, social, and behavioral factors that contribute to cancer incidence, morbidity, mortality, and health inequities. These actions are tailored for communities so that translating and disseminating health practices and policies are designed to reach and impact the members of all of NJ’s diverse communities.