Salem Community College is leading the two-year, Salem City CARES Project to address food insecurity in Salem City by developing a shared resource where cross-sector, Salem County partners can access data tools and services to support a holistic approach to improving community health. In a 2016-2018 Community Health Needs Assessment, Salem County residents ranked obesity as the top community health priority. The same assessment found that 19.1% of children and 13.9% of the county’s residents experience some level of food insecurity. The cross-sector, Salem City CARES community coalition is 1) 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 engaging communities. 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 Salem City. Through this project, Salem City 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.
Maura Cavanagh Dick
Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs
Salem 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.