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Friday, March 17 • 10:30am - 11:45am
Collaborative Funding for Place-based Impact: the New Jersey Healthy Communities Network Grant Program

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The evidence is clear: When it comes to health, place matters.  In response, the New Jersey Health Communities Network (NJHCN) offers community-based grants to improve the built environment/policy in support of healthy eating and active living.  Since its inception, the program has awarded $1.86 million in grants to more than 50 communities.  In 2015, these funds translated into over 100 improvements, including the creation of farmers’ markets and community gardens, healthy vending policies, active transportation installations and Complete Streets initiatives. 
The heart of this Community Grant Program is its innovative Funding Collaborative.  Five funders, from different sectors, offer grants in a coordinated way in order to maximize the amount of technical assistance provided to communities, create opportunities for peer learning, and increase funding directly invested in creating healthier communities across the state. 
Attend this session to learn how you can join this groundbreaking network—as a funder, grantee or resource! 
  • Participants who successfully complete this educational program will be awarded 1 NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hour (CEs). 
  • New Jersey Conservation Foundation has been approved by the New Jersey Department of Health as a provider of New Jersey Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs).   

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Sharon Johnson-Hakim

Manager, Population Health Sciences, Atlantic Health System
Sharon is the manager for Population Health Sciences at Atlantic Health System in Morristown, NJ.  In this role Sharon supports Atlantic’s community health team in designing and evaluating community-based health initiatives, oversees the applied research agenda for the Atlantic... Read More →
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Bill Lovett

Executive Director, State Alliance of YMCA's
Bill is the Executive Director of The New Jersey Alliance for YMCA’s, a not-for-profit association made up of 35 YMCA’s from the state of New Jersey. The Alliance brings the independent YMCA’s of New Jersey together to collaborate and work on areas of mutual benefit in order... Read More →

Peri Nearon

MPA, Director, External Affairs and Strategic Initiative, NJ Department of Health
Under Peri's, the NJ Department of Health coordinates ShapingNJ, a public-private partnership of more than 230 organizations working together to address the obesity epidemic by promoting healthy communities through improved nutrition and increased opportunities for physical activity... Read More →

Friday March 17, 2017 10:30am - 11:45am EDT
Brunswick Ballroom B Lower Level