The Rowan University Foundation is leading this two-year, Glassboro Food and Health Equity Project, which aims to engage cross-sector partners, including non-profits, residents, and municipal agencies in developing solutions to make affordable, nutritious food more readily accessible. In Glassboro, 22% of the nearly 20,000 residents live below the poverty level, compared to 7.6% of Gloucester County residents. A data analysis by the Rowan University Foundation and its arts, healthcare and other community partners found that Glassboro has a high rate of children living in poverty. In addition, a significant portion of the community is low-income and has limited access to affordable healthy food. For this project, the Glassboro community partners are 1) presenting public workshops about home-based production techniques for produce and herbs, 2) providing customized lessons on home-based healthy food production to 30 households, and 3) building confidence and motivation among household members to grow, prepare, and eat healthy foods through regular, one-on-one support sessions with a trained health coach. The partners are also forming the Glassboro Health Equity Coalition to develop subsequent projects and prioritize them according to community needs. By the end of this project, the community coalition will have advanced health equity in Glassboro 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, Glassboro 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.
Glassboro 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.