Greater Freehold Finalizes Their Blueprint for Action!

NJHI 2016: Building a Culture of Health in New Jersey – Communities Moving to Action, Round 2 Neighborhood Connections to Health

Good news! Neighborhood Connections to Health will be submitting our Blueprint for Action for Greater Freehold this month. This is just the beginning!

Over the past three months we have gained valuable feedback from various community residents and leaders through organized focus groups. Our focus groups included a cross-section of community residents, including African-American and Latino neighbors, local mothers and parents, Freehold’s longtime residents, homeless and food-insecure individuals, and youth.

Over the past three months we have gained valuable feedback from a cross-section of Greater Freehold residents, including parents, homeless and food-insecure individuals, and youth.

We used their feedback to help prioritize the efforts our coalition will strive for in working with the community: improving nutrition and physical activity, and reducing the risk of harmful lead exposure in the home through primary prevention strategies. Three smaller subcommittees have tackled objectives of increasing Greater Freehold’s walkability/bikeability; providing better access to healthy food, and exploring intentional neighboring opportunities. If you have a particular interest in one of these areas, contact project director Colleen Nelson through this link.

Next, we continue to invite many more local partners to join us as we explore specific action steps! Building coalitions of community champions and families will be vital in our work as we move forward to address barriers to health in our community. Thank you to those who have helped support our work so far. We look forward to expanding the Neighborhood Connections to Health coalition! Together we know we will have a significant impact on Greater Freehold!

Jenna Andolora
Neighborhood Connections to Health