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Convening on Violence Prevention

May 9th, 2019|

Mayor Fulop announces the formation of a Violence Prevention Task Force When people say “there is an epidemic of violence,” they recognize that violence is like a contagious disease. As such, public health strategies are effective ways to treat and prevent violence in ways that law enforcement cannot. On May 8, Mayor Steven Fulop announced an executive order establishing a Violence Prevention Task Force to develop a community and health-based plan to reduce violent deaths and injuries in Jersey City. “Violence has terrible effects on individuals and communities,” Mayor Fulop said. “No level of violence is acceptable in our community.” The executive order was signed as part of a gathering of people and organizations involved in violence prevention work in Jersey City. In addition to Mayor Fulop’s announcement of the task force, the group received a completed Community Violence Needs Assessment. Jennifer Jones gave a presentation on Jersey [...]

Featured Mini Grantee – Samuel R. Shelton VFW Post 2294

March 11th, 2019|

Tony Goodson, Commander of VFW post 2294 The Samuel R. Shelton VFW Post 2294 has been serving Jersey City's veteran community since its establishment in 1931. Funding from the HealthierJC initiative has enabled VFW Post 2294 to continue its hands-on approach of providing for their brothers and sisters in arms. We asked them the same five questions as all of our 2018 Mini-Grantees, and here are their answers: What does building a Culture of Health mean to you? The Samuel R. Shelton VFW Post 2294 is a staple of the community that has steadfastly maintained assistance and readiness programming for local veterans. What would you identify as your most significant accomplishment so far towards building a greater culture of health? The Post runs a monthly program called Feed The Vets, where Jersey City veterans, regardless of their eligibility to enroll in VFW, are welcome to enjoy food, fellowship, [...]

Featured Mini-grantee – Safe Streets JC

February 28th, 2019|

Safe Streets JC is one of Jersey City's most active and effective City-wide advocacy organizations. They have been vocal participants in local governance, with a clear policy agenda and an inclusive strategy that brings together lawmakers, local government administrators, and other local advocacy groups with the mission of improving safety for everyone. The Partnership was proud to award them one of the 2018 mini-grants, and asked them to answer the same five questions as the rest of our mini-grantees. Below are their answers: What does building a Culture of Health in Jersey City mean to you? Safe Streets JC is very focused on promoting a Culture of Health in Jersey City. For us, this means the City committing through priorities and actions to the concept that personal safety is a right for all people as they use all modes of transportation – walking, biking, driving & public transit. Injuries and [...]

Featured Mini-Grantee — Alzheimer’s NJ

February 6th, 2019|

Alzheimer's NJ is a statewide advocacy group focused on supporting patients, caregivers, and family members of those touched by Alzheimer's disease. As life expectancy increases, and the Baby Boomer generation advances into their golden years, the number of people impacted by Alzheimer's has been on the rise. Jersey City has a robust senior population and Alzheimer's NJ regularly conducts outreach in our communities to assist those who are affected by the disease. The Partnership awarded Alzheimer's NJ one of the 2018 mini-grants, and asked them to answer the same five questions as all out 2018 mini-grantees. Here are their answers: What does building a culture of health mean to you? Building a culture of health means helping New Jersey families impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, including families from Jersey City, have the best day possible while dealing with the overwhelming challenges of the disease. When Alzheimer’s touches your [...]

Featured Mini-Grantee: Farms in the Heights

February 4th, 2019|

A major component of health is food, and that's why several of our 2018 mini-grantees involve urban farms and gardeners. Farms in the Heights (FITH) is a well-established group that is dedicated to making sure everyone has access to fresh, locally-sourced food. Their commitment to this important mission is one of  the reasons the Partnership chose to award FITH with a 2018 mini-grant. They were asked the same five question as all the other 2018 mini-grantees, and their answers can be found here: What does building a culture of health mean to you? FITH’s culture of health building takes place primarily at the Riverview Farmers Market (RFM) in Jersey City Heights. For Farms in the Heights (FITH), a culture of health is one in which everyone understands what healthy living is and has the tools we need for healthy living regardless of our socio-economic status: Having access to affordable healthy [...]

Featured Mini-Grantee: WomenRising

February 4th, 2019|

WomenRising is Hudson County's premier facility for assisting women in need. They have been operating in Jersey City for more than a century, and have a proud history of working with women and their families to provide safety, security, and self-sufficiency. The Partnership for a Healthier JC was proud  to award one of its 2018 mini-grants to WomenRising, and we asked them how they're using the funding. Here are their answers to the same five questions we asked of all the 2018 mini-grantees:   What does building a culture of health mean to you? For over 110 years, WomenRising has been building a culture of health by assisting women and their families to achieve self-sufficiency and live safe, productive and fulfilling lives. WomenRising offers a variety of programs and services under one roof to provide a holistic approach to our clients who may need one or more services to become self-sufficient. [...]