Healthier Somerset’s Bound Brooks Initiative (BBI) seeks to make Bound Brook and South Bound Brook healthy communities. To engage the communities and gather resident input, the BBI Leadership team — American Lung Association of New Jersey; Family and Community Health Sciences of Rutgers Cooperative Extension; Middle-Brook Regional Health Commission; Middle Earth; and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset — implemented numerous strategies.
The team developed a flyer on the project, gathered secondary data from various organizations, developed focus group questions, identified individuals and organizations for key informant interviews and drafted a survey. The group also developed a work plan and timeline to achieve its goals.
The first goal set by the BBI team was to host a community event to explain the Initiative and conduct a focus group. On November 5, “Salsa y Salud,” a Diabetes Awareness Day event geared toward the Latino community, was held at the Bound Brook High School. Bound Brook and South Bound Brook residents participated in several activities to promote health, including a cooking demonstration.