AVANZAR is leading the two-year, Pleasantville “All In!” project to advance health and health equity by addressing educational and employment opportunities and improving access to care to support residents’ mental health needs. Pleasantville, with the surrounding municipalities in the Atlantic City-Hammonton metro area, has a 17.6% unemployment rate – the highest unemployment rate east of the Mississippi River and the nation’s third-highest overall – according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ August 2020 data. Pleasantville youth and young adults face perceptions that they are unqualified for jobs that pay well. These perceptions impact their financial security and exacerbate mental health issues while limiting access to services when needed. Referencing data from City Health Dashboard, PolicyMap, the New Jersey Department of Education and other sources, the cross-section Pleasantville community coalition is developing programming to engage 13- to 18-year-olds and highlight career opportunities within the skilled trades. The team is also launching an ACT/SAT preparatory program for 40 students and hosting career fairs as other phases of this project. 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 Pleasantville. Through this project, Pleasantville 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.
Director of Development
(609) 601-9925 ext. 1028
Pleasantville 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.