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The New Jersey Integrated Population Health Data (iPHD) Project


Enacted through legislation in 2016, the New Jersey Integrated Population Health Data (iPHD) Project is designed to enable and promote population health research that leads to improvements in the health, safety, security, and well-being of New Jersey residents as well as improvements in the cost-efficiency of state government programs in these areas. The overarching concept of the iPHD is that programmatic data are much more informative when they are linked across different service areas (e.g., health, social services) than when they remain in isolation from one another. The iPHD Project is modeled on other successful data integration projects around the country, as described in a white paper by the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers Good Care Collaborative.

Under the direction of a ten-member Governing Board, the iPHD will be operated by Rutgers Center for State Health Policy (CSHP). The Governing Board is currently chaired by the designee of the New Jersey Commissioner of Health, and includes five ex officio members, or their designees: the Commissioner of Human Services, State Treasurer, Attorney General, Rutgers Chief Information Officer, and the CSHP Director (non-voting). In addition, two public members appointed by the Governor and one each by the Senate President and the Speaker of the Assembly serve fixed terms on the Board. Public members will be experts in four specific areas: (1) legal requirements for data privacy and security, (2) “big data” analysis and security, (3) advocacy on behalf of persons whose data may be included in the iPHD, and (4) a New Jersey university-based researcher with expertise in human subject research.


Governing Board

Rachel Hammond, CIPP/G, HCISPP
Data Privacy Officer
NJ Department of Health
Designee, NJ Commissioner of Health (Ex Officio)
Governing Board Chair
Francis Baker, J.D.
Deputy Attorney General
NJ Office of the Attorney General
Designee, NJ Attorney General (Ex Officio)
Robert J. Bartolone
Chief Accountability Officer, Office of Management and Budget
NJ Department of the Treasury
Designee, NJ State Treasurer (Ex Officio)
Joel C. Cantor, Sc.D.
Distinguished Professor & Director
Rutgers Center for State Health Policy
Ex Officio Member, Non-voting
Janet Currie, Ph.D.
Henry Putnam Professor of Economics and Policy Affairs
Co-Director, Center for Health and Wellbeing
Princeton University
Assembly Speaker Appointment
Human Subjects Research Expert
Rashmi Jain, Ph.D.
Chair, Information Management & Business Analytics
Montclair State University
Gubernatorial Appointment
Large Data Systems & Data Security Expert
Elizabeth G. Litten, J.D.
Partner & Chief Privacy and HIPAA Compliance Officer
Fox Rothschild LLP
Gubernatorial Appointment
Privacy & Security Expert
Kathleen Noonan, J.D.
Chief Executive Officer
Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers
Senate President Appointment
Public Representative
Michele L. Norin, M.Ed.
Senior VP & Chief Information Officer
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Ex Officio Member
Gregory Woods, M.P.A
Chief Innovation Officer
NJ Department of Human Services
Designee, NJ Commissioner of Human Services (Ex Officio)
Governing Board Legal Counsel

Mark McNally, J.D.
Deputy Attorney General
NJ Office of the Attorney General

The iPHD is grateful for the commitment and many contributions of the late Ranjana Madhusudhan, Chief Economist at the NJ Department of the Treasury who served as the Treasurer’s designee on the Governing Board until April 2020. We mourn her loss.


iPHD Research Priorities


Policies & Procedures


Meeting Minutes


Meeting Schedule

The next iPHD meeting will be held on April 9, 2021, 1:00-3:00 PM. Until further notice, all meetings of the iPHD Project will be conducted by videoconferencing. Please email Oliver Lontok ( for registration and login instructions.


For additional information, please contact:
Margaret Koller, Executive Director, Rutgers Center for State Health Policy
p. 848-932-4655, f. 732-932-0069,