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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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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

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.

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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.

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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