New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute: Enhancing Essential Health Services

Linda Schwimmer, president and CEO, New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute, comments on a partnership with United Health Foundation to enhance essential community health services.

In collaboration with the New Jersey Healthcare Quality Institute (NJHCQI), United Health Foundation has provided a $550,000 partnership grant to support the "Healthy Communities Create Healthy Citizens" project that will help local organizations expand access to innovative healthy lifestyle and health literacy programs. The project is a public-private partnership among local health care and community leaders who are working to improve people's health and quality of life in Trenton, Jersey City and Cumberland County, N.J. The United Health Foundation support will enable NJHCQI to help local organizations expand access to innovative healthy lifestyle and health literacy programs, and will help raise awareness of five local organizations and their affiliates participating in the project.

In Cumberland County, the grant will support a "healthy corner store" initiative, through which local storeowners will be incented to sell fresh produce and display healthier foods at the front of the store. In Trenton, the grant will support a number of health topic seminars at local food pantries and churches, where residents can "shop" at the food pantry, eat a free healthy lunch, learn about diabetes prevention and chronic disease self-management, participate in fitness-related giveaways and receive helpful reading materials. Residents in all three areas will have access to an online search engine that connects them to health resources and social services in their town.

(May 2016)

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New Jersey public officials and community and health care leaders gathered at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Trenton, N.J., to announce a United Health Foundation partnership grant to the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute (NJHCQI) to support its “Healthy Communities Create Healthy Citizens” project. L to R: (Back row) Paul Marden, CEO, UnitedHealthcare of New Jersey; Jim Brownlee, health officer, city of Trenton; Linda Schwimmer, president and CEO, NJHCQI; Michael Darcy, executive director, New Jersey State League of Municipalities. (Front row) Bishop William Stokes, Diocese of New Jersey; Eric Jackson, mayor of Trenton; Vivian Brady-Phillips, deputy mayor, Jersey City.