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Going Green And Looking Good

– The Secaucus Next Generation Community Leaders (NGCL) are committed to positively impacting their hometown. As teen leaders in our community, we have noticed some issues that are barriers to health for residents. The most prominent concerns are peer pressure, safety,…

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Forming, Storming, and Norming Healthy Initiatives

– The third cohort of Perth Amboy’s Emerging Leaders for a Healthier Community has decided to work on city beautification and inform residents about the dangers of carbon monoxide exposure for their summer action plan. Since choosing these community priorities, the…

Fighting Food Insecurity

– There are many health-related issues within my city, and as Bridgeton’s Next Generation Community Leaders (Next GEN Leaders), our team chose to target food insecurity. In Fall 2019, we visited downtown Bridgeton and set up tables with bags of fresh…

Making Community Health Exciting

– In February 2020, we held a community conversation in South Bound Brook, one of the towns our “Building Bridges to Better Health” initiative serves. We took the opportunity to share updates about our work in the town. More importantly, we…

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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…

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Everybody Counts

– The Passaic County Food Policy Council is excited to work with partners from across the county to ensure that hard-to-count populations are represented in the 2020 Census. New Jersey receives more than $17.5 billion dollars annually from the federal government…

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Roadmap to Well-Being

– The Trenton Health Team (THT), in collaboration with our community partners, completed a comprehensive, data-informed Community Health Needs and Assets Assessment (CHNAA) in which Trenton residents played key roles identifying and articulating the city’s health priorities. The next, crucial step…

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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…

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Strengthening the Trenton Community by Working Together

– The Next Generation Community Leaders program has brought me nothing but opportunity and exposure. Throughout this experience, I’ve been able to meet and collaborate with some amazing and ambitious people. In addition, members of the coaching staff have shown me…

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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…

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Your Heart Doesn’t Just Beat For You

– Each week the consumer health librarians from the East Brunswick Public Library venture out to Middlesex County locations to engage people of all ages and cultural backgrounds in dialogue about the importance of health literacy, why it matters in their…