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

Neighborhood Connections to Health (NCTH) is a cross-sector and community-focused coalition based in Greater Freehold, New Jersey, which formed in 2016 to address the health disparities experienced by Freehold Borough’s residents. Through focus groups with the community and evidence-based research, the NCTH established four committees: Access to Healthy Food, Lead Poisoning Prevention, Intergenerational Activities, and Bikability/Walkability. The coalition’s Blueprint for Action continues to guide NCTH’s work to improve the health of Freehold-area community members by addressing underlying health factors that influence health outcomes – i.e., the social determinants of health. NCTH works alongside residents, organizations, municipalities, and stakeholders to build a Culture of Health in the community. NCTH is participatory, and the community is asked to be part of its creation. The partners envision expanding throughout Monmouth County and becoming a central hub that connects community members with opportunities for healthier living.

Support for this work is also provided by The Nicholson Foundation. Click here to learn more.

Scroll down to access Neighborhood Connections to Health’s Blueprint, which outlines the coalition’s plan to leverage existing community resources and increase opportunities for healthier living.

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.


In 2020, Neighborhood Connections to Health in Freehold raised $76,000 for community meals and partnered in delivering 3,200 meals to students and their families over spring break. The Freehold community was named a finalist for the 2021 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize.


Neighborhood Connections to Health’s Blueprint for Action

Neighborhood Connections to Health’s web site

Freehold Health Program Faces Test; How to Get COVID Vaccines in Those Left Behind
Asbury Park Press/ Diamond, M. (2021, April 9).

Freehold Borough Comes Together to Support Students During Spring Break Holtz, J. (2020, April 9).

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