The two-year, Clayton in Motion: Using Data to Improve Community Health and Wellness project aims to engage residents in physical fitness activities and encourage social connections within open spaces throughout the borough while strengthening cross-sector community partnerships. The Clayton Public School District and its health, law enforcement, and municipal partners have identified that the approximately 8,700 residents of this rural community face a 33- minute, one-way commute on average, and typically need to travel to nearby communities for medical visits and fitness facilities, presenting a challenge for families who rely on public transportation. To advance health equity and complement the limited data available, the Clayton community team is conducting assessments of existing green space to better understand usage patterns. The partners are soliciting community input and school district and municipal experts’ guidance to determine the adequacy of available facilities and access to them. By the end of this project, the community coalition will have advanced health equity in Clayton by collaborating across sectors and making better use of data to inform decisions that can improve the health of everyone in the community. Through this project, Clayton is one of 10 New Jersey communities to receive a suite of tools that include a community data dashboard developed by City Health Dashboard. Click here to view the City Health Dashboard for this community.
Superintendent of Schools
Clayton is one of 10 New Jersey communities supported through the NJHI: Small Communities Forging Hyperlocal Data Collaboratives initiative. Meet the 10 South Jersey communities and hear partners such as school districts, residents, libraries, non-profit organizations, health care, arts and culture, and others share their aspirations for improving health for everyone.