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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…

Biking Catches on in Elizabeth

– As Supervisor of Physical Education, Health and Safety in the City of Elizabeth Public School District, I understand the 150-minutes-per-week physical education requirement in New Jersey is not enough to prevent modern lifestyle diseases like metabolic syndrome and build strong…

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To Affinity and Beyond!

– In Summer 2019, Healthier Perth Amboy (HPA) was a major stakeholder in the first meeting to incorporate a housing element into the city’s Master Plan. The Planning Principal received Healthier Perth Amboy’s policy suggestions and intends to utilize them when…

An Air of Resident-Driven Change in Millville

– There is an excitement in the air as residents come together to make changes in their community. Millville’s Center City residents have been meeting monthly to take on projects that will change the city’s environment. Given different project ideas, residents…

Trenton Tackles a Taboo: Trauma

– For too many Trenton residents, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) – violence, poverty, neglect, divorce, incarceration – are woven into the fabric of their families and their community. Trenton residents are more likely to live in poverty, more likely to drop…

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Progress in Systems Change

– In the Fall of 2019, Partners in Prevention (PIP) had the opportunity to attend the New Jersey Health Initiatives  (NJHI) Upstream Action Acceleration meeting in Perth Amboy, NJ. This convening allowed us to explore in great detail the short and…

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Park Access for Healthy Living

– The Green + Healthy Camden collaboration is working to create a Camden-specific mapping tool through the NJ Conservation Blueprint that illustrates the environmental factors affecting health outcomes in Camden, with a focus on the barriers to accessing public parks and…

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A New Tool Builds Partnerships

– Underlying drivers of poor health outcomes in Trenton are many and varied — related to poverty, structural racism, behavioral health, childhood trauma, immigration status and other variables that a traditional medical entity is ill-equipped to address alone.  Trenton Health Team…

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Be the Change Youth Group Takes Ownership in Millville

– Since its formation, Millville’s first community action group has taken ownership of their Little Free Libraries project. These teens have deemed themselves the “Be the Change” group. They are committed to being the driving force behind the installation of 10…

Prioritizing for Policy

– Coalition leadership from six separate housing sites in the East Ward of Newark began the process of meeting to help identify shared health and housing issues tenants face at their respective homes. By creating a safe space to discuss how…

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Parks and Natural Land are Part of a Culture of Health

– There is growing evidence indicating green spaces are a necessary part of the health infrastructure of a community.  Trees send oxygen into the air, allowing people with asthma to breathe easier. Places to play encourage activity and exercise, helping people…

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