Salem Community College is leading the two-year, Penns Grove CARES Project to address food insecurity in Penns Grove by developing a collaborative data and Resource Hub where Salem County partners can access data tools and services to support a holistic approach to improving community health. Citing data from a Community Health Needs Assessment, City Health Dashboard and the Food Access Research Atlas, a coalition of Penns Grove community partners has identified food insecurity as a community health priority. Penns Grove has one full-service grocery store, and its prices are not cost-effective for this community, where 48.7% of children live in poverty. The Penns Grove community coalition is analyzing available data and aligning them with existing needs and opportunities by engaging consultants, residents, farmers, small businesses and community advocates. The team is also developing new programs, enhancing existing ones, connecting them, and setting new priorities and partnering with the City of Penns Grove. By the end of this project, the coalition partners will have advanced health equity by collaborating across sectors and making better use of data to inform decisions that can improve the health of everyone in Penns Grove. Through this project, Penns Grove 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.
Monica Lallo, EdD, MPM, MPA
Senior Vice President
Penns Grove 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.