Small Communities Forging Hyperlocal Data Collaboratives

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Virtual Session Archives

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Cities are well poised to take action to address health, the social drivers of health, and equity for their residents and the City Health Dashboard can support those efforts. In this webinar, community leaders learned how to leverage the Dashboard’s data and features to highlight disparities in their cities, communicate their insights to peers and colleagues, implement data-based decision making, and apply for grant funding. They also heard how local communities, including Glassboro, NJ, are putting the data to work to drive real change to improve health and equity.

Presenter: Samantha Breslin, MPA, Senior Program Coordinator, City Health Dashboard Department of Population Health, NYU School of Medicine

The following resources were shared prior to and during the session:

Key topic: Practical Applications of the City Health Dashboard: Grant-Writing, Communications, & Data-Based Decision Making
Date: September 28, 2022


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How can community-based organizations and coalitions better understand how the messages they spread through social media resonate with residents, partners and other stakeholders? The NJHI Small and Mighty Communities Learning Collaborative and their fellow NJHI grantees came together with Drs. Jonathan Scaccia and Elena Ragusa to explore cutting edge science behind studying community health messaging and lessons learned from the work of these two NJHI evaluation consultants. In addition to gaining an understanding of how they can improve their messaging, these community leaders tested a new, free and interactive tool that provides insights on any organization’s Twitter presence and identifies patterns in hashtags, phrases, or any topic that trends on Twitter. The participants exchanged best practices for expanding their reach to key audiences and shared the social media considerations, questions and challenges their organizations and coalitions are facing, which informed a follow-up session scheduled for Wednesday, July 20, 2022.

The following resource was shared during the session:

Session participants also heard from:

  • Diane Hagerman, Director, New Jersey Health Initiatives
  • Jemmell’z Washington, Communications Manager, New Jersey Health Initiatives
  • Joanne Lee, Collaborative Learning Director, Healthy Places by Design

Key topic: Tracking Social & Data for Better Storytelling
Date: June 15, 2022


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Building on the Tools for Coalition Building to Expand your Reach and Impact training she led in March, Amy Carroll-Scott, PhD, MPH, introduced South Jersey community collaboratives to power mapping tools to support their work. Through small group conversations, the participants identified allied and oppositional forces in their communities and explored the tool’s applications for strengthening their coalitions, assessing potential new partners, better understanding decision makers, and lifting residents to become vocal advocates for change.

Below are resources that were shared during the session:

Key topic: Power Mapping
Date: May 25, 2022.


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In this quarterly meet up, the NJHI: Small Communities Forging Hyperlocal Data Collaboratives shared their updates with the same energy and enthusiasm they have for their work. Through puppetry, photography and live site visits, these community leaders exchanged stories, including approaches for engaging youth and seniors and sustaining their work beyond their NJHI funding. These leaders also expressed an interest in gathering in-person to share practical applications of the supports they have received through this initiative within and across their communities to benefit South Jersey.

Participants heard recorded and live updates from six communities in the following order: Glassboro, Lawnside, Burlington City, Pleasantville, Hammonton and Millville.

Below are the news articles the Burlington City partners referenced in their update:

Key topic: Community Updates
Date: April 27, 2022.


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Building on the How to Authentically Engage Residents in Your Work training she led in September, Amy Carroll-Scott, PhD, MPH, introduced the NJHI: Small Communities Forging Hyperlocal Data Collaboratives grantees to tools for coalition building to expand their reach and impact. Through small group and large group formats, the participants:

  • Reflected on where they are in their project and longer-term goals, and discussed where and how building new partnerships and an effective coalition can expand the reach and impact of their work
  • Considered new and untraditional kinds of partners and the perspectives and expertise those partners can bring to this work
  • Engaged in activities with their team members to learn and enhance how to use practical tools in coalition-building: partner asset assessment, power mapping, MOUs, and participatory planning.

Below are resources that were shared during the session, in order of presentation or reference:

Key topic: Tools for Coalition Building to Expand your Reach and Impact
Date: March 14, 2022.*
*This session was originally scheduled for February 23, 2022.


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Following the cancellation of the November 2021 virtual session and the postponement of the December 2021 virtual session, the NJHI: Small Communities Forging Hyperlocal Data Collaboratives grantees ushered in the hope and optimism of a new year by sharing their communities’ goals for the next phase of their work. Participants, including new community partners, exchanged resources and identified opportunities to collaborate across municipal boundaries. In addition, a number of collaboratives shared dates of upcoming community events and offered input to guide NJHI in developing a centralized platform where the Small and Mighty communities can post their local events and invite their fellow NJHI grantees.

Participants heard recorded and live updates from nine communities in the following order: Pleasantville, Glassboro, Clayton, Lawnside, Salem and Penns Grove, Hammonton, Millville and Burlington City.

The following resources were shared during the session:

New Resource: NJHI Small and Mighty Communities: 2022 Community Events
Browse the community events your fellow NJHI grantees have planned, and upload your own flyers and invitations in the above link to identify opportunities to visit and network.

Key topic: Community Updates
Date: January 26, 2022


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This quarterly meet-up session provided an opportunity for the NJHI: Small Communities Forging Hyperlocal Data Collaboratives (SCHDC) grantees to hear from each other, provide updates and collectively think through any challenges or questions about their work. Participants heard recorded and live updates from Salem, Penns Grove, Millville, Hammonton, Burlington City, Glassboro and Pleasantville, and identified opportunities to connect through commonalities in their work. In addition, the participants discussed what it means to work collaboratively and the importance of having residents be a part of the planning and decision-making processes in this work.

This session featured three recorded community presentations at the marks noted here:
Salem City
and Penns Grove (05:55)
Millville (14:38)
Hammonton (22:35)

In addition, three communities provided impromptu updates about their work at the marks noted here:
Burlington City (30:50)
Pleasantville (40:45)
Glassboro (43:25)

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The following resources were shared during the session:

Key topic: Community Updates
Date: October 27, 2021


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Community engagement is a key strategy for ensuring that broad community-health focused initiatives and related data-focused efforts include in their creation, planning and long-term work those residents most impacted by their success. This NJHI: Small Communities Forging Hyperlocal Data Collaboratives webinar session explored opportunities to engage residents, as well as some practical and theory-based tools to overcome barriers and bring the value of authentic engagement to the 10 community collaboratives’ planning and sustainability.

Key topic: How to Authentically Engage Residents in Your Work
Date: September 22, 2021


As the first year of the NJHI: Small Communities Forging Hyperlocal Data Collaboratives initiative wrapped up, this Office Hours session provided time for the community collaboratives to ask questions about reporting requirements, their Phase 2 work, or about anything else they are thinking about, such as data, partnerships or community connections. This session was not recorded.

Key topic: NJHI Office Hours
Date: August 25, 2021


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Download and browse the complete presentation, featuring additional interactive community slides not shown during the session. This is a large file (474 MB), so we encourage you to save the file to your preferred cloud service.

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This quarterly NJHI Learning Collaborative Meet-Up session provided participants with an opportunity to discuss the importance of community voice and partnerships in their ongoing work. Through video clips and other media of their choosing, a number of the Small Communities Forging Hyperlocal Data Collaboratives Dream Teams shared their stories of growth, adaptivity and strength during the challenging times in which we live and do our work. A Q&A session followed each community’s presentation for the participants to network and share their learnings, accomplishments, pressing needs and resources.

This session featured six recorded community presentations at the marks noted here:
Glassboro
(04:13)
Clayton (16:37)
Millville (22:25)
Hammonton (29:57)
Pleasantville (40:35)
Lawnside (48:17)

In addition, four communities provided impromptu updates about their work at the marks noted here:
Burlington City (59:04)
Salem City and Penns Grove (1:05:43)
Egg Harbor City (1:12:19)

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Key topic: Community Updates
Date: July 28, 2021


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This webinar session focused on “Eight Questions to Ask to Dive into Data with Partners.” In this interactive workshop, participants learned about questions they can ask people in their communities that can provide a better sense of what they want to do with data, and how they want to make use of it. The eight questions include:

  • Why do you want to use data?
  • What technologies do you typically use to access or manipulate data?
  • Are there websites that you particularly like to use when obtaining data?
  • What data are you using now, and where do you get it from?
  • What data do you wish you had access to?

Partners from the 10 community collaboratives also worked together to design creative and engaging strategies for getting the answers that will make their work responsive to residents.

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The following resources were shared during the session:

Key topic: Eight Questions to Ask to Dive into Data with Partners
Date: June 23, 2021.


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This session featured nine community presentations at the marks noted here:
Burlington City
(05:28)
Penns Grove and Salem City (15:30)
Glassboro (19:13)
Millville (28:00)
Hammonton (35:00)
Egg Harbor City (45:00)
Pleasantville (50:34)
Lawnside (55:17)

This quarterly meet-up session of the NJHI: Small Communities Forging Hyperlocal Data Collaboratives (SCHDC) grantee cohort featured community updates from Burlington City, Penns Grove and Salem City, Glassboro, Millville, Hammonton, Egg Harbor City, Pleasantville and Lawnside. Following each community presentation, the 10 peer communities explored the commonalities in their work and exchanged best practices and possible solutions to engage low-income residents, leverage existing work to make the COVID-19 vaccines more readily accessible, and more.

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The following resources were shared during the session:

Key topic: Community Updates
Date: April 28, 2021


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Access the Dream Teams’ Updates document

The first Learning Collaborative meet-up session of the NJHI: Small Communities Forging Hyperlocal Data Collaboratives (“Small and Mighty communities) grantee cohort featured community updates since the Dream Teams officially began their NJHI-funded work in October 2020. As a large group and in smaller breakout groups, the project directors shared their communities’ successes and challenges to date. In addition, they acknowledged the community partners who have helped to advance their work and the ideas they are developing around the use of data in their work. The Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH) team facilitated the session and shared a proposed structure for future Learning Collaborative meet-ups.

Key topic: Learning Collaborative Overview
Date: January 27, 2021


The NJHI: Small Communities Forging Hyperlocal Data Collaboratives Office Hours sessions opened with a 15-minute overview of grant administration information and NJHI program supports, then provided time for participants’ questions about the awards. Participants received the same administrative guidance in each of the three Office Hours sessions.

View a recording of the October 28 Office Hours
View a recording of the November 2 Office Hours
View a recording of the November 4 Office Hours

Key topic: NJHI Office Hours
Dates: October 28-November 4, 2020


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View a recording of the October 19 session
This session featured five community presentations at the marks noted here:
Millville (18:14)
Lawnside (27:53)
Penns Grove (48:45)
Hammonton (58:50)
Pleasantville (1:16:33)

View a recording of the October 20 session
This session featured five community presentations at the marks noted here:
Clayton (31:01)
Egg Harbor City (41:44)
Burlington City (52:32)
Salem City (1:09:51)
Glassboro (1:21:20)

“Demystifying Data/What is Data?” by City Health Dashboard Data and Analytics Manager Ben Spoer and Evaluation Consultant Jonathan Scaccia (16:32).

Key topic: Cohort Kickoff
Dates: October 19-20, 2020

In-Person Meeting Archives

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Brief Summary from the Dawn Chorus Group, as shared by Dr. Jonathan Scaccia, NJHI evaluation consultant
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The Lawnside partners welcomed their fellow Small and Mighty Communities to gather in their borough and celebrate their accomplishments and lessons over the past two years, and look to the future of their work. These community leaders shared stories about gaining a newfound sense of confidence,  building up resident leaders, expanding relationships with the community garden, bringing seniors and youth together in meaningful ways, connecting youth with employment opportunities and advocating for policy changes that allow residents to raise chickens for food. In addition, NJHI’s evaluation consultant Dr. Jonathan Scaccia shared key learnings about the data the grantees used and what is still needed to sustain this important work well into the future.

Key topic: Wrap-up and Celebration
Date: October 21, 2022


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Key topics: Collaborative Opportunities & Continued Investments in South Jersey
Date: July 27, 2022

NJHI Program Resources

NJHI Grantee and Partner Directory

The NJHI Grantee Directory features the social media handles, contact information, and key URLs of NJHI grantees. Each grantee cohort has a dedicated tab within the directory, and the last tab in the directory lists expert advisors’ and consultants’ contact details. This is a shared document, that can be updated by anyone. We encourage you to add your partners’ social media handles as you deem appropriate.

City Health Dashboards

NJHI PolicyMap Site
This site provides online access for NJHI grantees and their coalition teams to interactive data mapping in areas of health and social determinants of health, as well as demographics, incomes, housing, education, and more.

PolicyMap access via the NJHI site will close on September 15, 2022. Coalitions that have not yet received information on direct subscriptions to continue access under their own subscriptions and wish to do so, should reach out to Tom Love, Director of Business Development at PolicyMap here. Those coalitions that have already requested and received this information can disregard this update.

Coalitions that decide to continue with their own access will receive a separate account. The PolicyMap team will move your existing IDs over to your new account so your saved work will still be accessible.


NJHI and our partners at City Health Dashboard and Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH) & All-In: Data for Community Health are always here for you. We are available now, and you can reach out to us for any reason. Meet the Forging Team partners and supports available to you as a NJHI grantee.