June 26, 2020
As a partner in building healthy communities, NJHCN curates the most useful and current resources to help you and your organization navigate the constantly changing COVID19 world and build capacity for the future.

Resources include:
  1. Official Information
  2. Resources
  3. Grants and Funding
  4. News and Media
  5. Training,Collaborations and Networking

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Grantee Spotlight
Wayne YMCA
NJHCN Funder: New Jersey Department of Health
When COVID-19 began causing financial and and food instability, the Wayne YMCA jumped into action. Under the umbrella of Wayne United, the Y worked with partners to coordinate a weekly food distribution for 200 families in the community, as well as an ongoing community-wide food drive. Partners included The Community Food Bank of New Jersey, Wayne Public Schools, Wayne Department of Senior and Social Services and Wayne Interfaith Network Food Pantry. “As the pandemic rages on, we are creating a sustainable, community-wide approach to meeting the needs of those experiencing ongoing food insecurity.”

Overlook Family Medicine - Family Promise of Union County
NJHCN Funder: Atlantic Health System
To promote healthy eating, Family Promise of Union County’s Healthy Pantries initiative is assisting families by providing the kitchen gear, gadgets and staple foods to promote healthy cooking and eating, at home. With the assistance of Kelly Donovan, recent Masters graduate with a degree in Science of Foods and Nutrition, families are able to pick which items would make up their ideal “Healthy Pantry” and have them personally delivered to their door! “Having the necessary kitchen gadgets and pantry items are so crucial when making healthy meals for your own family. It provides the foundation for a nutritionally healthy household.”

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.

Ask the Pharmacist
Host: Atlantic Health System
June 30, 2020 - 10 am
Please join us and learn more about the common myths around medication continuity during COVID-19. In addition, you will have the opportunity to speak with a pharmacist during our breakout session.

Food Assistance Benefits for Seniors
Source: National Council on Aging
There are several benefits programs that can help low-income seniors and adults with disabilities pay for nutritious foods. You can see if you, a family member, or client is eligible for any of these programs using NCOA’s free online screening tool,  BenefitsCheckUp® .

Equitable Food Systems Resource Guide
Source: Policy Link
This resource aims to provide advocates, community leaders, entrepreneurs, consumers, and residents alike with a comprehensive, actionable framework to understand not only what an equitable food system can look like, but also the opportunities that exist across each sector to advance equitable food system goals through systems and policy change. 

Grants and Funding
Sustainable Communities Grant Program
Source: Sustainable Jersey
Deadline: July 16, 2020
Atlantic City Electric (ACE) and Sustainable Jersey are pleased to announce the Sustainable Communities Grant Program. ACE values the environment and is always working toward delivering a cleaner and brighter future for communities. That is why it is contributing $75,000 to support municipal environmental stewardship and resiliency projects in its service territory. Grants to support environmental stewardship and resiliency will be awarded.

News and Media
El Cajon Rec Squad Brings the Park to the People
Source: Next City
With parks and playgrounds closed across California, the El Cajon recreation department grappled with how to bring parks to the people in a safe, fun way. They started experimenting with hopscotch and equipment they had on hand.

Training, Collaborations and Networking
Maximizing Impact on the Front Lines of Public Health
June 30 - 4 pm ET
Hear about NJ SOPHE members who are front line heroes during the global pandemic. Learn about their challenges, as well as their successes in helping the public health efforts during this time. 

Housing Stability in Coronavirus Response and Recovery
July 1 - 1 pm ET
Host: What Works Cities and ChangeLab Solutions
The two-part webinar will cover how local governments can:
  • Support health and long-term economic recovery and sustainability for all residents;
  • Enact emergency laws to promote housing stability;
  • Keep people in healthy homes;
  • Help residents navigate challenges related to housing stability as state protections expire.

How to Support the Early Childhood Community During a Pandemic
July 1 - 1 pm ET
Host: Next City
Despite child care services being listed as “essential” during the COVID-19 pandemic, early learning centers across the U.S. have seen a large number of closures. In this webinar, Cindy Jurie, Ph.D, Director of Research and Special Projects at the  Early Learning Coalition of Orange County will discuss how ELCOC stepped up to support child care providers through the pandemic.