Roadmap to Well-Being

NJHI 2015: Building a Culture of Health in New Jersey – Communities Moving to Action Trenton Healthy Food Network - Growing a Healthier Trenton

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 is re-engaging residents to discuss identified needs and develop plans to address them in a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP).

Our Community Advisory Board members are actively engaged in this work, establishing stakeholder groups and inviting new partners to the discussion. Trenton stakeholders are addressing priorities including maternal health, complete streets, healthy food access, diabetes care, adverse childhood experiences and trauma, and healthy housing.  

The stakeholder groups meet regularly to identify action items and coordinate efforts to achieve goals. Their input, combined with information gathered from residents, will help ensure the CHIP reflects input from a full range of community members.

As such, the CHIP can provide a roadmap for both strengthening existing partnerships and building new ones, and developing collaborative strategies to realize our shared vision for a healthy and vibrant Trenton community. 

The Trenton Health Team recognizes that achieving our vision for a “Healthy Trenton” requires an ongoing effort, and significant improvement may take a generation. Along the way, THT is identifying indicators of progress such as an increased number of healthy food outlets, safe recreational spaces, improvements in the housing stock, and increased access to primary, preventive, and social services.  

Our team is leveraging the work and partnerships associated with the 2016 Blueprint for Action to develop a sustainable structure and identify priority activities, supported by a backbone and framework that can be maintained into the future.

Working with partners, we are focusing on systems change, identifying needs for additional targeted programming, and building a sense of momentum.

The team’s goals include building a more robust systems view among our key partners and stakeholders, and strengthening our shared commitment to work together for the long-term good of our community.

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Michelle Ruess
Trenton Health Team