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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.

The Fund for New Jersey’s Complete Count Web site

– Valuable information about New Jersey’s communities is collected during the decennial census and related surveys. The Fund for New Jersey developed the Complete Count NJ web site as a resource to help identify Hard-to-Count areas throughout the state. Interactive maps as well as supplemental resources and news are available on the website.

Access the Complete Count NJ web site here

Read the Fund for New Jersey’s policy paper, Toward a Fair and Accurate Census 2020 here

Resources Developed by the NJHI: Next Generation Community Leaders

Atlantic City’s Lead A.C., 2018
A team of Atlantic City youth worked to improve access to healthy foods by partnering with local food banks and the Care AC coalition to create a better system for allocating food, developed the Feed AC app to promote distribution locations to Atlantic City residents.

Perth Amboy’s Emerging Leaders for a Healthier Community, 2018
This team of Perth Amboy youth worked to address street and traffic safety in their community. They partnered with Rutgers University to complete traffic safety audits and address walkability to local parks to determine the best routes and locations for the Raritan Bay Area YMCA mobile farmers’ market, also known as the “Veggie Van.” Traffic Safety and Walkability Audit

Secaucus Next Generation Community Leaders, 2018 and 2019
In partnership with the Secaucus Environmental Department’s Green Business Initiative, the school district and local businesses, the Secaucus Next Generation Community Leaders worked to raise awareness about environmental health. They worked to create a composting system, completed audits of community parks, shared recommendations with City Councilmembers about necessary changes that can improve residents’ access to parks and promote increased physical activity by park visitors and developed a series of public service announcements to engage residents in this work.




The Inclusive Healthy Places Framework

– While vibrant public spaces foster a healthy community, not all public spaces or the neighborhoods that surround them are created or maintained equitably. The Inclusive Healthy Places Framework, developed by the Gehl Institute with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, helps planners and policymakers identify the type of evidence needed to help make decisions and fund public space projects that promote individual and community health and well-being.

View details and download the full report

Access the Framework Summary

All In: Data for Community Health Podcast

All In: Data for Community Health has released the first episodes of its new podcast, which features conversations with local leaders who are collaborating with other sectors to share data that provides a more complete picture of community health needs. In each episode, community leaders discuss the challenges they faced, their secrets to success, and the lessons they learned along the way that can help other communities.

Listen to the podcast on the All In website here. The podcast is also available on iTunes, Stitcher, and TuneIn.

Episodes focusing on NJHI-supported communities:
Bringing Multi-Sector Partners Together to Tackle Obesity in Hunterdon County, NJ

All In: Data for Community Health Podcast. (2019, April 1).
This podcast is also available on iTunesStitcher, and TuneIn.

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Middle Atlantic Region

– The Network is the core of the National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) outreach program to reduce health disparities and improve health information literacy. Funded by NLM, through cooperative agreements, eight Regional Medical Libraries and five National Offices provide a variety of outreach services such as project funding, training, presentations, exhibits, and other types of public programs. The University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library System serves as the Regional Medical Library for the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), which includes Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. The National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Middle Atlantic Region supports the growing trend of communities engaging libraries as health partners.

Visit the NLM – MAR web site

Learn about work NLM – MAR supported in Elizabeth

Explore additional resources for engaging libraries as community health partners

The Eviction Lab

– A number of communities and advocates across the country are working to address housing as a barrier to health. The Eviction Lab at Princeton University has launched the first nationwide database of evictions, allowing users to find out how many evictions happen in a particular community. The database includes features to create custom maps, charts and reports that can inform and engage community stakeholders.

Access the Eviction Lab site

The Greenlining Institute’s Mobility Equity Framework

– The Greenlining Institute’s Mobility Equity Framework is a step-by-step guide to a more community-centered transportation planning process. The framework focuses on the mobility needs of communities by offering a method to assess and compare different transportation modes based on impacts, and including affected communities and residents in the decision-making process. This resource is intended for urban, suburban and rural communities.

Download the Mobility Equity Framework

The Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries’ Website

– The Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries is a multi-stakeholder forum to explore and champion new thinking on U.S. public libraries, with the goal of fostering concrete actions to support and transform public libraries for a more diverse, mobile and connected society. Its web site serves to foster connections and collaborations, and share strategies among communities based on the Aspen Institute’s report “Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries.”

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Access the report

Engaging Libraries as Community Health Resources

– A growing number of communities in New Jersey and across the nation are working with and through libraries to better serve community residents by providing accessible, understandable health information that will lead to building healthier communities. New Jersey Health Initiatives partnered with Zachary Taylor, Med, CHES, Coordinator of Healthier Middlesex to highlight the untapped potential of public libraries as community assets. Access a recording of that webinar to learn about the history of this work in New Jersey, and identify resources for your community.

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Understanding Policy, Systems and Environmental Change

– Policy, Systems and Environmental change (PSE) strategies address the systems and structures of the communities in which we live, learn, work and play. In every community, aspects of daily life account for 70 percent of our health. Approaches to PSE change help stakeholders consider how their communities function, including how resources are allocated and how services are delivered, and the influence of those systems and structures on community health prior to the onset of illness.

These approaches help build healthier communities by supporting individual behavior change–what the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation refers to as “making the healthy choice the easy choice.” While New Jersey Health Initiatives (NJHI) does not adhere to one particular definition, the majority of the community coalitions that NJHI supports are working toward implementing policy, systems and environmental change strategies that will lead to long-term, sustainable community change.

Practical Playbook Find a Partnership Tool

– Across the state and the country, cross-sector partnerships are bringing more community voices and perspectives to the health conversation. Practical Playbook’s interactive Find a Partnership tool provides access to information about partnerships nationwide, including all 20 NJHI: Communities Moving to Action coalitions. Partnerships are searchable by state and/or topic, to help communities connect with each other at the local, state, regional and national level to affect meaningful and long-term community change.

Access the Find a Partnership tool here