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.
Vice President, Clinical Operations/Children & Family Health Institute
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.