May 1, 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.
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.

NJ Helps
This site will help to determine if someone is eligible for food assistance (SNAP), cash assistance (WFNJ/TANF or WFNJ/GA), and health Insurance (NJ FamilyCare/Medicaid).

Essential and Excluded: A Survey of Immigrants in New Jersey under COVID-19
Source: Make the Road New Jersey
This report analyzes the experiences of low-wage immigrant workers and families in New Jersey during the first month of the COVID-19 crisis, from March to April 2020. It is based on in-depth phone interviews with over 200 immigrants residing in New Jersey. After analysis of the survey responses, we provide a series of policy recommendations for how our state and federal government can better serve immigrant communities during the pandemic.

Grants and Funding
New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund
NJPRF will be used to fight the medical, social, and economic impact of COVID-19 on New Jersey’s most vulnerable, supporting organizations that provide essential services and aiding those on the front line of the pandemic.

NJ Human Services Announces $36 Million in Additional Food Assistance
Source: New Jersey Department of Human Services
Many New Jerseyans who receive food assistance through the state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (NJ SNAP) will receive additional benefits in May to help address critical food needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

An additional $36 million will be provided to about 214,000 New Jersey households in May.

USDA Announces Coronavirus Food Assistance Program
Source: US Department of Agriculture
This new program will take several actions to assist farmers, ranchers, and consumers in response to the COVID-19 national emergency: $19 billion immediate relief program to provide critical support to our farmers and ranchers, maintain the integrity of our food supply chain, and ensure every American continues to receive and have access to the food they need.

Training, Collaborations and Networking
All In Virtual Listening Session
May 5, 2020 - 1 pm CT
Sponsor: All In-Data for Community Health
You are the experts on your communities and respective areas of work, and can learn as much from one another than you have from any formalized presentation.

It’s hard to get into a room together these days, so All In is creating an experimental virtual space for some informal wisdom sharing.

The format is to discuss anything you would like on data-sharing during COVID. *Limited for this first time to 100 people

Mental Health and COVID-19: How the Pandemic Complicates Current Gaps in Care and What Can Be Done
May 6, 2020 - 2 pm ET
Sponsor: Trust for America's Health
Attendees will learn about current advocacy efforts to improve the mental health system, what specialized resources in response to the pandemic have been released to date, and what else may be needed.

Messaging and Marketing for Your Nonprofit, What Matters Most Now
May 7, 2020 - 10 am ET
Sponsor: Princeton Mercer Regional Chamber
How do you effectively make your voice heard above the noise, and issue a compelling call to action?

Managing the Legal Waters During a Crisis: Strategies to Help Organizations Navigate Turbulent Times and Legal Issues
May 7, 2020 - 11 am ET
Sponsors: New Jersey Health Initiatives, New Jersey Prevention Network, Partners in Prevention, Pro Bono Partnership
This workshop will provide an overview of issues that seriously affect organizations during an economic crisis and highlight potential legal issues and proactive strategies for addressing them.

  • Are there ways to reduce costs without significantly impacting your mission?
  • Can employment arrangements or existing contracts be changed? 
  • What about collaborations or mergers – do they offer solutions? 
  • What do you need to consider as you decide to persevere or possibly close the doors?
In addition, this workshop is intended to help you assess your organization's viability and avoid significant landmines, as well as to give you the tools you need as you weigh your organization's options for the future in these challenging times.

Communications Matters
May 7, 2020 - 12 pm ET
Sponsors: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
How to frame health and health equity, enhance community, and offer hope during the COVID-era.

Walking and Walkability in the Time of COVID-19: New Policies and Practices
May 13, 2020 - 2 pm ET
Sponsor: America Walks
  • Learn the importance of staying active during these times
  • Hear examples of how people are sharing streets to stay safe and keep physical distance while walking in the time of coronavirus
  • Hear from professionals who are advocating for policy and practice changes during this time and how it can lead to permanent change in our communities

COVID-19 and Health Equity
May 20, 2020 - 2 pm ET
Sponsor: Trust for America's Health