May 29, 2020
We at NJHCN hope that this brief and targeted communique will help you navigate the constantly changing COVID19 world. As your partner in building healthy communities, we will curate the most useful and current resources to help you and your organization during this crisis and build capacity for the future.

Resources include:
  1. Official Information
  2. Resource Pages
  3. Grants and Funding
  4. Media
  5. Training and Development

All resources will also be posted on our website for ongoing reference. Please forward to colleagues, partners and friends who may benefit from this information.

Please send us any new resources or opportunities to share.
Grantee Spotlight
Raritan Bay Area YMCA
NJHCN Funder: New Jersey Department of Health
The Raritan Bay Area YMCA and partners have been hard at work providing coordinated and direct services to Perth Amboy residents during COVID-19. In this unprecedented crisis, partnerships are critical - now more than ever. The YMCA has worked with partners to set up food distribution sites, COVID-19 testing, virtual tutoring, and so much more. Click on the link to learn more.

Official NJ COVID-19 Information
NJ COVID-19 Information Hub
The official COVID-19  Information Hub  for the  State of New Jersey . Find the latest news, guidance, resources, and support here.

Measure What Matters: DIY Toolkit
Source: Reimagining the Civic Commons
Parks, libraries, community centers and trails can connect people of all backgrounds, cultivate trust and counter the trends of economic and social fragmentation—yet continued investment and attention to these public places relies on our ability to measure that impact.
Measure What Matters is a DIY toolkit, developed in partnership with  Interface Studio , for those interested in capturing and quantifying the beneficial social impacts of a city’s public places.

Grants and Funding
SNAP Process and Technology Improvement Grants
Sponsor: USDA
Deadline: June 15, 2020
This grant competition supports efforts by state agencies and their community-based and faith-based partners to develop and implement projects that focus on improving the quality and efficiency of SNAP operations and processes. 

News and Media
The Russell Berrie Foundation Announces $4.48 Million in Emergency Grants to Support COVID-19 Response Efforts in New Jersey and Israel
Source: The Russell Berrie Foundation
The Russell Berrie Foundation announced $4.48 million in emergency grants to support organizations on the front lines of combatting the pandemic as they deliver COVID-19 relief efforts. The funds will prioritize direct grants to medical institutions and those providing medical and healthcare-related services as well as organizations addressing the needs of vulnerable populations (the elderly, food insecure, small businesses, etc.) in the Northern New Jersey Jewish community, the broader local community and in Israel. The Russell Berrie Foundation is working primarily with existing grant recipients, which have displayed strong leadership and an ability to pivot effectively in these difficult times to meet rising demand for COVID-19 related services. 

Training, Collaborations and Networking
Social Inequality and Health Disparities in the COVID-19 Pandemic
June 2 - 12 pm ET
Host: Columbia University
After the webinar, participants will be able to:

Identify key trends in health disparities during the COVID-19 pandemic to date
Describe how the pandemic exacerbates existing social inequalities
  • Examine several proposed interventions to address health disparities in the pandemic response

Reinventing New Jersey's Economy for the COVID-19 Age
June 2 - 4 pm ET
Host: NJ Spotlight and NJTV
NJ Spotlight and NJTV News convene a virtual roundtable with government officials, business leaders, and policy advocates to explore how the state can adjust to its near-term economic challenges and build its path forward. the state's most pressing questions:

  • How must businesses adjust to accommodate COVID-induced changes to their basic models?
  • How can people who have been laid off find paths to re-entering the workforce?
  • How can social justice dimensions be addressed during an economic recovery?
  • What policies can the state enact that will help ensure New Jersey's economic recovery?

How You Can Be An Advocate, When It's More Important Than Ever
June 10 - 4 pm ET
Hear about NJ SOPHE's past and current advocacy efforts, as well as learn more about advocacy best practices and how you can get involved. You will also hear from individuals who are on the front lines of advocacy right now, both on the county and state levels. NJ SOPHE could use your expertise to help plan advocacy efforts moving forward, please join us so we can learn and build together!