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2018 County Health Rankings Released

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute have released the ninth annual County Health Rankings, which show how 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 that communities can do something about – such as jobs, education, housing, community safety and more. New for 2018, the County Health Rankings’ enhanced State Reports call attention to the nature of differences in opportunity and health, offer strategies to increase opportunities for health and equity, and provide examples of communities taking action to impact health. Additionally, for the first time, the County Health Rankings county snapshots are available in Spanish. To see the Spanish snapshot, select the “Español” button in the top right corner of the chosen county’s snapshot, or at the end of the list of counties on the left.

View the 2018 Rankings for New Jersey here.

Explore the 2018 New Jersey State Report here.

Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH) Website

– DASH aims to identify barriers, opportunities, promising practices and indicators of progress for multi-sector collaborations to connect information systems and share data for community health improvement. Connected information systems and access to integrated data from different sectors can improve communities’ capacity to plan, monitor, innovate, and respond for health improvement. DASH works to develop strong cooperation and connections between public health, health care, human services, and other sectors that contribute to building a Culture of Health that will enable all Americans to live longer, healthier and more productive lives.

Visit the DASH website

Green & Healthy Homes Initiative’s 2018 New Jersey Lead Poisoning Prevention Action Plan

– With support from New Jersey Health Initiatives, Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) has released a report detailing specific strategies to eliminate childhood lead poisoning in New Jersey in 10 years. Providing policy, practice and funding recommendations to address the causes of lead poisoning, the report is designed to assist decision makers across the state in implementing best practices.

Read the full report

Rural Health Information Hub

– Offering state and topical guides of resources, evidence-based toolkits and more, this web site funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy serves as a national portal for tools to address rural health issues.

Browse the RHI Hub site

Lead-Poisoned Children in the U.S. – A PHI California Environmental Health Tracking Program Interactive Map & Report

– Using new analytical methods in its latest study, the Public Health Institute’s California Environmental Health Tracking Program reports that the numbers of U.S. childhood lead poisoning cases may be higher than previously found. These new findings suggest that existing data on lead poisoning do not communicate the full scope of the problem, and that during 1999-2000, most states may have found only two out of every three children poisoned by lead. Paired with a decline in screening and testing rates, the researchers advise that many cases of childhood lead poisoning will remain undiagnosed. A set of interactive maps illustrates how many cases were identified in each state, and their location.

Access the interactive maps and the report

National League of Cities’ Report – Local Economic Conditions 2017

– The National League of Cities’ latest report analyzes the performance of key local economic indicators based on the perspectives of nearly 225 elected officials serving communities of various population sizes and locations. Rural to urban, the report identifies five distinct local economies: Room to Grow, Mid-sized Business Boomers, Cities on Par, Rural Brain Drain and Major Job Center, and highlights the positive and negative characteristics of each that can also impact community health.

Learn more and download the full report here

Report: The Best Complete Streets Policies

– From 2005-2014, more than 46,000 pedestrians were struck by vehicles. Communities committed to making their streets safe and convenient for everyone can find model policies in this latest report by the National Complete Streets Coalition and Smart Growth America. Complete Streets policies seek to reduce pedestrian and cycling fatalities, which in turn supports older residents to age in place, and encourages healthy physical activity among community members of all ages. More than 1200 communities across the country, including 135 NJ communities, have adopted Complete Streets policies.

View the findings

BUILD Health Challenge Learning Series

– The BUILD Health Challenge has launched its report “Keys to Collaboration.” Part of a learning series, this report highlights best practices for cross-sector collaborations aimed at improving population health. “Keys to Collaboration” contains lessons learned and recommendations for fostering similar cross-sector partnerships from BUILD’s inaugural cohort of awardees. NJHI is proud to be one of the funding partners supporting the BUILD Health Challenge.

Access the report here

Greenprint Resource Hub

– The Greenprint Resource Hub is aimed at community members and policy makers looking to incorporate parks and other open space into their economic and social goals. Launched by the Nature Conservancy, Trust for Public Land and the Conservation Fund, this tool helps quantify how residents benefit from parks and open space in their community.

Read more about the tool and access it here

Fostering Hospital-Community Partnerships to Build a Culture of Health – a Playbook

This playbook from the Health Research & Educational Trust outlines effective strategies for fostering and accelerating successful and sustainable hospital-community partnerships to build a Culture of Health.
 
With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the playbook shares learnings and innovations from HRET’s Learning in Collaborative Communities cohort – 10 communities across the U.S. with successful hospital-community partnerships addressing community health issues.
 
Download “A Playbook for Fostering Hospital-Community Partnerships to Build a Culture of Health” here
 
Register for the related August 24 webinar here

CHR&R Special Topics Webinar– Collective Impact in the Real World: From Common Vision to Collaborative Evaluation

– As part of its ongoing webinar series to support communities addressing barriers to health, the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps team invited NJHI’s Building a Culture of Health in Census Tract 435 project director, Dr. Ashley Anglin of the North Jersey Health Collaborative, to share lessons and strategies for successfully adopting the Collective Impact model.

Access the webinar recording and slides here

What is Health Equity?

– Shaped by input from leading researchers, this new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of California San Francisco offers key findings toward a clear, shared definition of health equity to help guide action and measure progress.

Access the report here