June 8, 2021
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Grantee Spotlight
Funder: New Jersey Department of Health
We are proud to share that Freehold Borough was named a finalist for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize. In early May, the final step in the application process included a virtual site visit. Several meetings were included, but the session kicked off with the opportunity to share the Freehold Borough community story. This process incorporated the voices, both live and recorded, of 30 Freehold Borough residents and those who work to serve the community. 

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News and Media
NJ SNAP expands to help feed residents during the pandemic
The number of people receiving food aid through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) expanded 23 percent during the pandemic, helping fight hunger when so many New Jersey residents were struggling to put food on the table.In January 2021, 815,000 New Jersey residents, including more than 360,000 children, received SNAP. A new report from Hunger Free New Jersey shows that now is the time to build on this pandemic fueled expansion so that this important nutrition support reaches all New Jersey residents who could benefit.

Grants and Fundraising
Policy Campaign Grant
Deadline: July 11
Voices for Healthy Kids works around the country to improve or create equitable policies that will make the places kids live, learn and play healthier. The call for proposals for the Policy Campaign Opportunity is designed to support advocacy campaigns supporting Voices for Healthy Kids policy priorities with a focus on health equity.

Training, Collaborations and Networking
Open Streets - What happened, what did we learn and what's next for people-first places?
Host: America Walks
June 9
During the pandemic North American cities and towns provided greater space for active mobility and social distancing – but will they now disappear?

  • Hear from advocates, practitioners and experts about the scope of the open streets response, the effects on active living and mobility, and challenges with implementation and community engagement. What lessons did we learn as the open streets movement transitions into a post-pandemic world?

Liberatory Leadership Webinar Series
Host: Leadership Learning Community
June 9, 16, 23, 30
A series of virtual conversations designed to explore the meaning of liberatory leadership as well as the practices, tools, and systemic supports this approach to leadership requires. Discuss ways of defining, running, funding, and studying Liberatory Leadership.

  • What do we mean by Liberatory Leadership?
  • What does it require us to leave behind?
  • What does it make possible and for whom?
  • What does it call us to invite into our practice?

Learn About a FREE Resource to Help People With Unstable Housing Stay Safer During the Pandemic
Host: Public Health Connected
June 10
This webinar is ideal for professionals and community leaders who work with people with unstable housing or anyone who wants to learn more.

  • Learn about this free resource (available in English and Spanish)
  • How to access the resource
  • Examples of how to use it in communities of people with unstable housing
  • How it can empower these communities during the pandemic.

Planning and Redevelopment Conference
Host: New Jersey Future
June 10-11
New Jersey Future is proud to partner with the New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association to present this two-day virtual conference. The event will feature a multitude of timely session offerings as we restart, recover, and reimagine land use in a rapidly changing and post-pandemic environment. 

New Jersey Food Policy Council Symposium
June 16

Actions to Promote Healthier Informal Communities Through Placemaking
Host: Placemaking
Prerecorded May 28th
In this webinar, speakers from across the world dived into the most crucial challenges facing frontline informal residents and workers today and showcase innovative ways that leading organizations are supporting vulnerable communities to mitigate COVID-19 in some of the most challenging global settings. The panelists together created a unique call to action to support vulnerable communities by identifying immediate needs, opportunities for support.