September 18, 2020
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Grantee Spotlight
Somerset Health Care Foundation
NJHCN Funder: New Jersey Department of Health
Somerset Health Care Foundation - Healthier Somerset has supplied special education teachers and students from the Alexander Batcho Intermediate School with indoor garden kits and are planning to implement the Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) program virtually this Fall.

Teachers will support students in keeping their gardens healthy, while Rutgers Cooperative Extension will offer virtual education sessions to the students every other week. However, should learning become entirely virtual again, these garden kits give the students and teachers the ability to take them home and continue their growing and learning despite not physically being in school.

Funder Highlights
SH&WF Announces $4,133,796 in Grants
Funder: Salem Health & Wellness Foundation
September 3, 2020
The Salem Health and Wellness Foundation has announced $4,133,796 in grant funds to 6 local organizations in the first half of 2020, including an additional grant of $4 million to Salem Medical Center for startup support following the acquisition of the Memorial Hospital of Salem County.

View a complete list of SHWF’s 2020 grants to date.

Building Healthy Communities from the Ground Up
Funder: New Jersey Health Initiatives
September 1, 2020
The Passaic County Food Policy Council is working to build a Culture of Health through multiple goals and strategies, one of which is improving Community Safety.

Grants and Funding
Community Solutions for Health Equity
Funder: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Deadline: October 7, 2020
Community Solutions for Health Equity is focused on elevating the voices of communities of color and other communities left out of discussions when local health care systems in the United States are creating policy. Racism and bias are often at the root of communities of color and other communities being excluded from policy considerations, often by design. This program attempts to address those issues directly: by supporting communities to identify a problem that negatively affects consumers; envision solutions; and partner with health care systems to implement them.

Tools and Resources
The State of Obesity 2020: Better Policies for a Healthier America
Source: Trust for America's Health
The U.S. adult obesity rate tops 40 percent; highest ever recorded. COVID-19 related food insecurity puts more Americans at risk for obesity or worsening obesity.

Demographic trends and the conditions in people’s lives have a large impact on their ability to maintain a healthy weight. Policy solutions include expanded access to nutrition support programs and creating more opportunities for people to be physically active.

Fighting for Equitable Transportation: Why It Matters
Source: Safe Routes to School National Partnership
The resource highlights how opportunities for walking, bicycling, and public transit are more dangerous and less available in low-income communities and communities of color than others, and offers potential steps to remedy these inequities.

NJ Quitline
Source: New Jersey Department of Health
Tobacco Free for a Healthy NJ, an initiative of the New Jersey Department of Health, recently announced several new resources to help patients and clients quit smoking and vaping.

News and Media
Public Health Communications Collaborative
Source: Trust for America's Health
The Public Health Communications Collaborative will be a hub repository of information and messaging products designed to help state and local public health officials share information with their constituents and navigate the current media landscape. The site will be updated regularly with real-time messaging and resources.

Training, Collaborations and Networking
Reimagined in America: Investing in Nature
September 25 - 1:30 pm ET
Host: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Learn how U.S. cities can increase equitable access to parks, green spaces and nature, to boost community health and well-being, inspired by ideas from around the world.

Join us to hear:
  • Why investing in nature is good for health, equity, and the economy
  • How connections to nature can be part of your COVID-19 recovery
  • What you can do to integrate nature into your neighborhoods and infrastructure

Safe Routes for Older Adults: Walking, Cycling and Transit
September 30 - 2 pm ET
Host: Safe Routes to School
Mobility options that include walking, cycling, and transit are essential, especially for older adults who rely on these to get to critical destinations in their daily lives.
Join this webinar to learn about the growing need for mobility options, creating inclusive and accessible environments, and how we can support community members through their lives.

Youth Leading the Way: Inspiring Stories of Youth Creating Safe, Accessible Neighborhoods
September 30 - 3-4 pm ET
Host: America Walks
Join us for inspiring stories from youth leaders who are working to creating safe, accessible neighborhoods. Youth are the future of our communities and they are taking initiative to address concerns in their neighborhoods.