Jennifer Polakowski, MPA
NJNI Deputy Director
Jennifer Polakowski is the Deputy Director of the New Jersey Nursing Initiative, (NJNI) a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the Community Liaison for the New Jersey Action Coalition, (NJAC) a program of RWJF and AARP.
Jennifer oversees NJNI’s programs which focus on getting baccalaureate level nursing programs to incorporate concepts of population health into their curricula and the development of a Population Health Seminar Series in NJ for nursing faculty and clinicians. NJNI has funded 8 schools of nursing programs to seed this work. She is also working on developing online Nursing Development Modules, a 22 set webinar series, for nursing educators and clinicians to enhance their skill-sets around population health and hot topics in today’s health care landscape. Jennifer serves as the Community Liaison for NJAC which supports cultivating relationships with community organizations to match volunteer nurses with community projects that address the social determinants of health with a goal to improve the health and well-being of a community. Jennifer has co-authored on this work published in Nurse Leader and will be presenting this work at ENRS 2019.
Previously, Jennifer was the grants manager for Lawrence Township Public Schools where she was responsible for securing corporate, state and federal funding to enhance educational programs for the 21st Century. She coordinated the professional development for the Mercer County Educational Technology Training Center, handled community relations and was responsible for the implementation of new curriculum programs for students and faculty.
Jennifer received a bachelor degree in political science and master degree in public administration, nonprofit organization management from Seton Hall University. She is a former board member of the Lawrence Township Education Foundation. She currently serves on the Trenton Health Team Advisory Community Advisory Board.