New Jersey Health Initiatives - A Better State of Health
A Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Program
Spreading the Connections

Corey Wu-Jung, Shaping Elizabeth Community Nutritionist, has been making connections throughout Elizabeth. When we learned about the workshop and symposium NJHI sponsored on collaborating with libraries for community connections, Corey immediately invited our Elizabeth Public Library partners. Corey and Nancy Berkenfeld of Elizabeth Public Librarian Information Services both attended and came home fired up with ideas.

We have since had a great conference call to plan for how to put those ideas into action. Our plans include launching a Healthy Start Program at the library this year, as a collaboration with several of our partners to bring nutrition education, physical activity, health literacy and screenings together for a month-long calendar of events. During the libraries symposium, Nancy was particularly inspired by the information on using “Catchy Phrases” and came up with “Bust a Move” and “Strut & Stroll.” We plan to partner with the City of Elizabeth Recreation Department to share information on walking paths and encourage people to “Strut & Stroll” together.

We plan to partner with the City of Elizabeth Recreation Department to share information on walking paths and encourage people to “Strut & Stroll” together.

Mike Johnson, one of the symposium presenters, spoke about an opportunity through a YMCA of the USA (YUSA) grant to have our library act as the “Navigator” for Shaping Elizabeth. Both Nancy and Ally Blumenfeld, Head of Information and Adult Services, were interested in pursuing this grant on behalf of Shaping Elizabeth. We believe that together, we can serve our community with improved communication and education on health issues.

We are all looking forward to forming many more new connections throughout the year! Connect with us, share your ideas and partner in our work to build a healthier Elizabeth.

 

Project
Author
Alane McCahey
Organization
The Gateway Family YMCA