In 2016, local organizations and community stakeholders from Plainfield’s public, not for profit, health, education and business sectors determined that a more effective approach to improving health outcomes for the community involved the formation of the Healthy Plainfield coalition. The Coalition identified employment opportunities, income, access to clinical care and the built environment as community health priorities. Healthy Plainfield determined its work would focus on connecting and aligning community resources to address educational attainment. The Coalition’s strategies include expanding workforce development programs, as well as community- and school district-based General Equivalency Diploma (GED) and English as a Second Language (ESL) programs. Healthy Plainfield’s Blueprint indicates obesity and access to clinical care are its other key focus areas for building a healthier community. Scroll down to access Heathy Plainfield’s Blueprint.
The Plainfield 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 Plainfield and a healthier Garden State.