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Community Health Workers in New Jersey: The Question of Certification – An Issue Brief

Community Health Workers are trusted liaisons devoted to community-based problem solving, health education and bridge-building to needed resources and services, especially in underserved neighborhoods. Through outreach, community education, informal counseling and advocacy, they facilitate residents’ access to services and increase health knowledge.

An Issue Brief by the Seton Hall Law School Center for Health & Pharmaceutical Law & Policy explores the current status of Community Health Workers in New Jersey through a regulatory lens. With appreciation of Community Health Workers’ roles in the health care system, this analysis provides recommendations and suggestions for advancing the consideration of state-level regulatory and credentialing options for Community Health Workers in New Jersey.

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Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): Opportunities to Prevent, Protect Against, and Heal from the Effects of ACEs in New Jersey

This new report developed by the New Jersey Funders ACEs Collaborative of the Burke Foundation, The Nicholson Foundation and the Turrell Fund, details the challenges New Jersey faces in addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and calls for a coordinated statewide response to mitigate their lasting effects on children’s health and well-being. This resource includes:

  • NJ Highlights: Examples of current work around the state to address ACES within communities
    To learn more about Middle Township Police Department’s work highlighted in the report, click here
  • From the Field: Direct quotes and insights from experts
  • Possible Actions: talking points to promote further discussion

The global social impact consulting firm FSG partnered in producing this report.

Read more and access the report

Places for Bikes 2019 City Ratings

The Places for Bikes City Ratings are a data-driven, global, resource that shows a complete picture of how bikes fit into a given community. Developed by PeopleForBikes, the largest bike advocacy organization in the nation, the annual ratings provide a snapshot of the work a community undertakes to improve bikability. By scoring factors such as Ridership, Safety, Network and Acceleration and Reach, the ratings define and measure great places for biking and facilitate shared learning around city design that promotes ridership.

Find a city, or compare cities, here

 

PolicyMap

PolicyMap is an online data and mapping application that allows organizations and community members to visualize and analyze geographic data in one place. Designed for those without Geographic Information System (GIS) experience, PolicyMap provides access to demographic, health, income, education, employment, housing and economic development data, has the ability to generate instant reports, and can also allow users to upload their own project data to better understand their communities. PolicyMap was launched in 2007 out of Reinvestment Fund, which provides financing for affordable housing, healthy food access, clinics and schools in underserved areas. Users can access the tool for free, or purchase a subscription to access additional features.

Click here to visit the PolicyMap tool

 

The Practical Playbook II: Building Multisector Partnerships That Work

Described as “the definitive guide to the secret sauce of improving public and population health,” this new resource from the deBeaumont Foundation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Duke University School of Medicine brings together more than 100 public health, medicine, urban planning, business and public works experts from across the country to answer questions about building, scaling and sustaining cross-sector partnerships to maximize impact.

The playbook consists of eight sections:

  • Introduction: Accelerating Partnerships for Health
  • Collaboration: Engaging Diverse Sectors
  • Data: Finding and Using Information
  • Innovation: Enhancing Coordinated Impact Through New Roles and Tools
  • Sustainability and Finance: Supporting Partnerships over Time
  • Policy: Achieving Sustained Impact
  • Training and Workforce: Preparing for the Future that is Already Here
  • Conclusion: Taking the Next Steps toward Population Health

Browse the Table of Contents and links to each section here
View Acknowledgments and Contributors
Purchase a hard copy here

 

Building a Culture of Health: A Policy Roadmap to Help All New Jerseyans Live Their Healthiest Lives

Creating health equity through public policies is the focus of this new report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in partnership with the Center for State Health Policy and the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University. “Building a Culture of Health: A Policy Roadmap to Help All New Jerseyans Live Their Healthiest Lives” identifies 13 policy priorities for improving health and well-being in the state in three areas: healthy children and families, healthy communities, and high-quality, equitable health and social service systems.

In addition, the report recommends a series of specific evidence-based actions that span many sectors and will help to close health gaps, broaden opportunity, and ensure that everyone in New Jersey can live the healthiest life possible.

Click here to learn more and download the report.

2019 County Health Rankings Released

The University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation have released the annual County Health Rankings. The County Health Rankings show us where we live matters to how well and how long we live. An easy-to-use snapshot that compares counties within each state, the Rankings provide information on factors communities can do something about – such as housing, jobs, education, community safety, and more.

Learn where your county ranks at www.countyhealthrankings.org.

Read news coverage from across New Jersey:
Study: County Drops to 7th Healthiest in State
New Jersey Herald/ Comstock, L. (2019, March 19)

Which NJ counties have the worst health outcomes?
Cherry Hill Courier-Post/ Mulford, K., Diamond, M., and Deak, M. (2019, March 19)

Dangerous by Design 2019

This new report from the National Complete Streets coalition and Smart Growth America provides data and resources to support communities working to make streets safer for cyclists, pedestrians and motorists. Complete Streets policies seek to reduce pedestrian and cycling fatalities, which exceeded 49,000 nationwide between 2008 and 2017. In addition to New Jersey Department of Transportation policy, eight NJ counties and nearly 150 NJ communities have enacted resolutions in support of Complete Streets as of February 2019.

Browse Rankings and Data by Metro Area
View the Interactive Map of Pedestrian Fatality Data from 2008-2017
Get the Full Report

 

ALICE: A Study of Financial Hardship in New Jersey

ALICE is an acronym used to describe households that are Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. These community members work, but are unable to afford basic necessities that can influence health, such as housing, food, child care and transportation. According to this latest United Way of Northern New Jersey report, 1.2 million households in the state meet ALICE guidelines. Accompanying the report are an overview booklet and an interactive map, offering a suite of resources to learn more about ALICE in New Jersey.

Access the Overview Booklet
Download the Full Report
Visit the Interactive Map

 

New Jersey State Health Assessment 2018

Published by the New Jersey Department of Health, this report examines the health of the state’s population through an analysis of statewide health and demographic data. Featuring color-coded maps in addition to policy background and resource lists, this assessment identifies the following Leading Health Indicators for New Jersey through the year 2020: Improve Access to Health Services; Improve Birth Outcomes; Increase Childhood Immunization Rates; Reduce Heart Disease and Stroke; Reduce Obesity, and Improve Mental Health and Substance Abuse Outcomes.

View the report

City Health Dashboard

The City Health Dashboard offers city- and community- level data with 37 measures of health to provide city leaders with an array of regularly refreshed data to support health-related decision-making. With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the City Health Dashboard offers data for the 500 largest U.S. cities – including nine New Jersey communities – that represent approximately one-third of the U.S. population. This powerful tool also provides evidence-based resources for communities to take action.

Visit the City Health Dashboard web site

The State of Obesity: State Policies to Prevent Obesity – Interactive Maps

Provided as part of the annual State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America report and web site by Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, this interactive tool tracks the status of each state’s efforts on more than 20 polices aimed at preventing obesity and promoting health. The policies are grouped by the categories “Early Childhood,” “Schools,” and “Communities.”

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Download the annual State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America report, which presents the latest data on obesity and offers 40 policy and practice recommendations from Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.