2022 No-Cost Technical Assistance for Assessing Your Municipal Health Needs

Thanks to the support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, this opportunity is open to all municipalities participating in the Sustainable Jersey program. 

Sustainable Jersey is offering no-cost technical assistance to one registered or certified municipality interested in undertaking the newly released Local Health Assessment & Action Plan action. The goal of the action is to engage key leaders and the community in designing a blueprint of needs and action steps specific to the municipality to address the conditions that impact how long and how well community members live. To do this a municipality will undertake an assessment process by collecting and analyzing existing local health data, gathering input from the community, identifying health assets and prioritizing the conditions negatively impacting individual and community health. The assessment findings will then be publicly shared so citizens may provide feedback. Municipalities will then identify strategies to address the conditions identified in the Local Health Assessment and create an action plan consisting of Sustainable Jersey Health Gold actions and any other locally appropriate, innovative, evidence-based strategies, which will then be shared with the public for input. The Local Health Assessment & Action Plan is a first step to achieve the Gold Star Standard in Health and is intended to serve as a catalyst for a wider discussion on the health and well-being of the community.

Sustainable Jersey staff will provide technical assistance to the selected municipality for up to one year. The assistance will be tailored to the specific needs of the selected municipality and will include coaching for local green team volunteers, elected and appointed officials, and municipal staff to guide them through each step of the action. Sustainable Jersey staff will be available to answer questions, provide resources, and advise and assist the municipality in conducting their assessment and developing an action plan. The goal of this effort is to produce an example of a Local Health Assessment & Action Plan to serve as a model for other communities.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the technical assistance may be provided remotely. Applicants should be prepared to support collaborative work in an online environment.

All municipalities registered and certified in the Sustainable Jersey program are eligible to apply. Preference in the selection process will be given to low- and moderate-income (LMI) communities with a median household income lower than $65,625 or communities with overburdened census tracts. A list of LMI municipalities participating in the Sustainable Jersey program can be found here. A list of overburdened communities in New Jersey can be found here.

Application Information

For a detailed overview of the technical assistance opportunity, and for a copy of the resolution, download the Application Information Packet here.

Application Deadline: Friday, March 4, 2022

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Contact Lauren Skowronski, Program Director for Community Engagement at skowronl@tcnj.edu or 609-771-3129 if you have any questions regarding this opportunity.


This opportunity was made possible thanks to the generous support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.