The CARE AC coalition surveyed more than three dozen civic and community organizations to identify pressing issues that are barriers to health in Atlantic City. The responses included a lack of safe play spaces, negative community perception, and resource connectivity at health care visits. In their Blueprint for Action, CARE AC proposes offering mini-grants as the model that will build a healthier community. The Blueprint highlights plans to launch a fruit and vegetable prescription program among local health care providers and secure a “Playful City USA” designation for the city in 2017 to address the health behaviors, the socioeconomic factors, and the physical environment challenging Atlantic City.
CARE AC’s partners include AtlantiCare, the Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City, Stockton University, Jewish Family Services, CASA for Children, the Community Food Bank of NJ, and the Atlantic City Tourism District.
The CARE AC coalition represents one of the 10 New Jersey communities supported in the first round of the NJHI: Communities Moving to Action initiative. View this coalition’s progress toward a healthier Atlantic City and a healthier Garden State.
Creating a Shared Vision to Help Restore Atlantic City
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Atlantic County Sets Goal to Nourish the Community.
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First Atlantic County Food Summit Draws State, Local Experts.
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