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Parks in a Pandemic

– Amid shelter-in-place orders due to COVID-19, parks and green spaces have become a controversial topic in the news. The mental and physical benefits they provide are obvious now more than ever, as people rely on neighborhood parks for exercise and…


Recognizing the Needs of Our Community

– Millville is a close-knit community where everyone knows each other. Because of this, we have a very strong coalition of community partners. We also have an amazing team of Community Builders who live and work with families in the neighborhood…

Convening is Key during COVID-19

– Trenton Health Team (THT) has been serving our city for more than a decade, working with partners to improve health and well-being. Yet the importance of this role has never been more clear than today, as our community confronts COVID-19….


Resiliency in North Bergen

– Since the North Bergen School District implemented the Rainbow Days Curriculum-Based Support Group program in October 2019,  the program has focused on providing support and guidance to students with a history of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in the North Bergen…


Past Learnings Inspire Hammonton’s 2020 Work

– The Hammonton Health Coalition (HHC) began the year by reflecting on the knowledge we gained in 2019. Individuals from 10 stakeholder organizations and our Community Connectors shared their perspectives on our goal to build a culture of inclusion in Hammonton. Many resonated…


Building a Stronger Community in Paterson

– Community engagement is one of the hallmarks of our community safety initiatives, Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED). It is led by residents and spearheaded by Paterson’s 4th Ward Councilwoman, Ruby Cotton. In collaboration with Paterson Habitat for Humanity and…


Better Housing, Better Health

– Trenton’s rich history is reflected in its housing stock, but the potential for value is undermined by health risks such as lead paint, asthma triggers, and other consequences of neglect and age.  Poor housing conditions can lead to negative health…


Using the Conservation Blueprint in Camden

– The New Jersey Conservation Blueprint is a data-driven interactive mapping tool geared toward land conservation that has recently expanded to include a Camden-specific module (Camden Blueprint) illustrating the barriers to accessing health resources, particularly parks and green space. The New…