New Jersey Health Initiatives - A Better State of Health
A Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Program
Collaborating for long-term healthy living in Greater Freehold
Community Visiting Nurse Association of Central New Jersey
Collaborating for long-term healthy living in Greater Freehold
Community Visiting Nurse Association of Central New Jersey
Grant Award Amount

Local organizations and community stakeholders from Greater Freehold’s health, education, business and not-for-profit sectors determined that a more effective approach to advancing health in their community involved the formation of the Neighborhood Connections to Health coalition. The Greater Freehold area includes the Borough of Freehold, Freehold Township, Howell Township, Farmingdale Borough, Manalpan Township and Englishtown Borough. Neighborhood Connections to Health conducted focus groups and analyzed health status indicators to develop its Blueprint for improving health outcomes in its underserved communities. The Coalition’s action plan outlines steps for identifying streetscape design opportunities and strategies such as the NJ Safe Routes to School and Complete Streets approaches for addressing the physical environment to promote health and wellness in Greater Freehold. Engaging new community partners fostering collaboration to increase access to healthy foods and reduce the incidence of elevated blood lead levels in children are additional health priorities addressed in the Blueprint. Scroll down to access Neighborhood Connections to Health’s Blueprint.

Neighborhood Connections to Health
Grant Recipient

Colleen Nelson
Vice President, Clinical Operations/Children & Family Health Institute

Margy Jahn
Health Officer
(732) 294-2000

Counties Served

The Neighborhood Connections to Health coalition represents one of 20 New Jersey communities supported through the NJHI: Communities Moving to Action initiative. View this coalition’s early successes toward a healthier Freehold and a healthier Garden State.

Neighborhood Connections to Health’s Blueprint for Action

Freehold Borough Luncheon Will Honor Cultures, Generations Sockol, M. (2019, April 2).

This NJ School District Plans to Test all of its Students for Lead
Asbury Park Press/ Solis, S. (2018, October 2).

What Freehold Borough Schools Found When It Screened Kids for Lead
Asbury Park Press/ Solis, S. (2018, July 5).

View All: NJHI 2016: Building a Culture of Health in New Jersey – Communities Moving to Action, Round 2