September 25, 2020
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Grantee Spotlight
NJHCN Funder: Atlantic Health System
GRACE delivers food to 71 senior housing households, provides food and supply distribution events (including drive-throughs) and hosts virtual events for cooking, Bingo, wellness and more. Partners include: Family Promise, Junior League, SHIP, Meals on Wheels, Loaves & Fishes and Summit Lions Club.

“Sure, people benefit from a regular delivery of nutritious fresh food, but the seniors‘ health has also flourished when uplifting their neighbors in isolation. These guys are super heroes for their neighbors. They leave their apartments and their own heads for a while and brighten someone else’s day in a real, meaningful way,” Sue Fieseler

Funder Highlights
Shaping Elizabeth Creates Resource Directory for Community
Funder: New Jersey Health Initiatives (NJHI)
Source: NJHI Blog
Time and again one of the biggest challenges the Shaping Elizabeth coalition members have heard from our community is that residents know resources and support services exist, but don’t know where or how to find them. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, this rings truer than ever, with word-of-mouth communications limited by all of the building capacity and physical distancing guidelines that are required to slow the spread of COVID-19. At the same time, it’s more important than ever to ensure our residents know where they can access the information, resources, and services they need to stay safe and healthy during this pandemic.

Grants and Funding
Deadline: October 30, 2020
2020-2021 NJEA Grant Cycle
Funder: Sustainable Jersey (underwriter: NJEA)
The NJEA grant cycle offers ten $10,000 district or school project grants and forty $2,000 school green team grants. The funding supports efforts to implement projects that help participating schools make progress toward a sustainable future and gain points needed for Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification.

Tools and Resources
Equitable Development Toolkit
Source: Policy Link
Equitable development is an approach to creating healthy, vibrant, communities of opportunity. This online toolkit -- referred to as EDTK -- includes 27 tools to reverse patterns of segregation and disinvestment, prevent displacement, and promote equitable revitalization. Produced between 2001-2015, these tools set the foundation for our All-In Cities toolkit.

News and Media
Helping All New Jerseyans Live Their Healthiest Lives
Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
After extensive research and months of conversations with nearly 300 community residents, nonprofit and business leaders, and others from across the state, RWJF in April 2019 released a comprehensive set of policy recommendations in partnership with the Center for State Health Policy and the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, both at Rutgers University. The report, Building a Culture of Health: A Policy Roadmap to Help All New Jerseyans Live Their Healthiest Lives, identified 13 priorities for building a Culture of Health in New Jersey in three key areas:
  • Healthy children and families
  • Healthy communities
  • High-quality, equitable health and social service systems

How have widespread declines in income affected food sufficiency among families?
Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the economy. The millions of jobs lost since March have led to sharp declines in household incomes and an increase in families struggling with food insufficiency, an effect felt most by households headed by Black and Latina single mothers. Researchers explored the impact of declines in household income during the pandemic on families’ food sufficiency. Download policy brief.

Governor Murphy chats with Dr. Fauci
Source: NJ Spotlight
Murphy hosted a Facebook Live conversation with Dr. Anthony Fauci, in which the famed White House task force member praised New Jersey's response to the pandemic up to now.

Training, Collaborations and Networking
October 1 - 3 pm ET
Ready, Set, Certified
Host: Sustainable Jersey
Sustainable Jersey for Schools' 2021 certification cycle is right around the corner! How to organize at the district and school level for certification success. Topics will include:
  • Navigating the online application and Sustainable Jersey for Schools website
  • Green team best practices
  • Incorporating sustainable actions into your annual goals and professional development
  • Resources and assistance for implementing sustainability actions

October 5, 7 or 9 (select a session that fits your schedule) Community Conversations that Matter
What is working? What challenges are you facing?
Host: Princeton Community Works
This Community Conversation is an opportunity to talk with peers and colleagues about the current climate – what’s really working in your organization, what isn’t, and what best practices can we learn from others to help our organizations survive and thrive.

October 14 - 1-3 pm ET
Response, Recovery, and Resilience during COVID-19 in NJ
  • Look at the Pandemic and learn from local leaders across the state
  • Learn from people working in different sectors of New Jersey affected by the pandemic about their experiences, responsibilities, and responses
  • Share retrospective lessons from the Pandemic from people on the front lines to better equip the public health community moving forward