However, two towns in the County, Bound Brook and South Bound Brook, have challenges to good health because of current social, economic, and environmental conditions.
Sanofi awarded Healthier Somerset a $10,000 grant to provide fresh produce to participants in SNAP-Ed nutrition education programs throughout Somerset County. SNAP-Ed (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education) focuses on good nutrition, stretching food dollars, living physically active lifestyles, and engaging partners to build healthier communities.
T-Mobile awarded "Building Bridges to Better Health" a $50,000 grant for a soccer field to increase equitable access to parks and to promote physical activity among Bound Brook and South Bound Brook youth and residents. Collaboration and coordination with organized sports and local trusted organizations will aim to generate enrollment into organized sports at younger ages, improve health outcomes, and foster a safe environment for all.
"Building Bridges to Better Health" partnered with the Healthy Plainfield coalition and received $15,000 Community Collaborative Learning Funds from New Jersey Health Initiatives (NJHI). These funds provide an opportunity for our communities to connect with and learn from each other as we work to improve health and equity.
Sanofi awarded "Building Bridges to Better Health" a $40,000 grant to improve health in Bound Brook and South Bound Brook by funding systemic, policy, and environmental changes. Initiatives include park enhancements, Complete Streets projects such as safer crosswalks, and economic revitalization efforts. BBBH also launched a mini-grant opportunity to foster civic engagement and community involvement in improving the social determinants of health.
NJHI and RWJF created a short-term grant to support current grantees during the COVID-19 pandemic. The "Building Bridges to Better Health" initiative received $20,000 in supplemental funding to support COVID-19 prevention, food access, and Complete Streets implementation.
AARP COMMUNITY CHALLENGE GRANT
The Healthier Somerset coalition received a "quick-action" grant of $8,700 from the AARP Community Challenge. These grants are intended to jumpstart progress to support community residents of all ages, for instance to "create vibrant public places in the community through permanent or temporary solutions that improve open spaces, parks and access to other amenities." The grant was used by the Student Ambassadors for Community Health to develop murals and a parklet.
4-H Youth Development Program and Middle Earth received a $200,000 grant from NJHI for "Student Ambassadors for Community Health". In this 3-year project, a total of 28 youth from Bound Brook and South Bound Brook, ages 15-20, implemented self-designed projects to make their communities healthier. They worked with coaches to learn about population health and develop leadership, citizenship, and collaboration skills. Their projects serve the community’s specific needs by addressing priorities from the Blueprint for Action.
Seeking to improve health in Bound Brook and South Bound Brook, the Healthier Somerset coalition received a 4-year, $200,000 grant from New Jersey Health Initiatives (NJHI). It was extended for an additional year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant is part of NJHI's "Building a Culture of Health in New Jersey – Communities Moving to Action" initiative.