Healthier Perth Amboy


BLUE PRINT FOR ACTION PLAN


Background

 

The Middlesex County East Health and Human Services Consortium consists of more than 100 individuals with approximately 30 individuals and organizations actively participating in the regular meetings. It is a robust, high-functioning network of partners, concerned stakeholders, schools, community businesses and individuals serving all of Middlesex County with a focus on Carteret, Metuchen, Highland Park, Sayreville, Perth Amboy, South Amboy, Edison and Woodbridge. The purpose of the Consortium is to assist low-income, minority, high-risk families to thrive. This mission brought about more comprehensive efforts to promote public health in its host City of Perth Amboy. While the Consortium members consistently share information and routinely enter in partnerships with one another, opportunities like the New Jersey Health Initiatives funding allowed the group to develop collaboration with a greater focus on health.

 

As shown in Figure 1 below, the Healthier Perth Amboy Consortium now acts as a subgroup of the Middlesex County East Health and Human Services Consortium with 19 active participants. Five organizations, in addition to a Community Coach, make up the Boundary Spanning Leadership Team. These five organizations are the Raritan Bay Area YMCA, Community Child Care Solutions, Puerto Rican Association for Human Development, Inc., Jewish Renaissance Foundation, and Raritan Bay Medical Center. The Healthier Perth Amboy Consortium works collaboratively with the community to make Perth Amboy a healthy place to live, learn, work and play.

 

The contributors outside of the Boundary Spanning Leadership Team are the following:

Table 1: Consortium Contributors

Business Improvement District

Cathedral International

Citizens Campaign

City of Perth Amboy Department of Human Services

City of Perth Amboy Office of Economic and Community Development

Jewish Renaissance Medical Center

Middlesex County Office of Planning

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

Perth Amboy Green Team

Perth Amboy Housing Authority

Residents of Perth Amboy and Middlesex County

Rutgers Center for Urban Environmental Sustainability

United Way of Central Jersey

Jewish Renaissance Foundation

 

Through our participation in the New Jersey Health Initiatives (NJHI) Communities Moving to Action initiative, the Healthier Perth Amboy Consortium aims to reduce the burden of obesity by addressing the underlying barriers, which are education, economics and access to health care, healthy foods and physical activity. Through the planning and implementation of policy and environmental changes in the community, a goal of a healthy community is achievable. Through the utilization of evidence-based strategies and the shared power of the Consortium’s members and community stakeholders, opportunities for healthier living can be improved.

The training and focus provided through NJHI’s process has genuinely transformed the culture of our partner organizations. With representatives from several different working areas, such as food access, schools, child care, government and faith-based communities, the Consortium is now equipped for comprehensive citywide health strategic planning and coordinated service delivery. The Boundary Spanning Leadership Team has provided direction, alignment and commitment to the Consortium’s development and implementation of this Blueprint for Action in Perth Amboy. They have engaged community constituents and stakeholders in providing their input in addition to conducting an informal inventory of community assets. Boundary Spanning strategies will be utilized by the leadership team to create an interdependent Consortium that incorporates community assets to execute and sustain the Consortium’s Blueprint for Action.

The Consortium’s Blueprint for Action includes a range of actions that allow participants to expand their ongoing efforts and dream for new bold ideas. In the short term, the membership will work toward increasing access to health and wellness programming through more effective marketing, and addressing economic barriers. These efforts will prioritize educating the public about the resources available to them in settings that are the most convenient for them, such as schools, workplaces and houses of worship. The Blueprint also provides guidance in addressing food security by working with the City’s community gardens and emergency food providers. In the long term, the Blueprint seeks to make improvements to the City’s recreation and transportation infrastructure that provide opportunities for residents to safely bike or walk to key City destinations and incorporate physical activity into their daily lives. The Blueprint also includes policy proposals and creative placemaking plans to foster equitable economic growth that supports healthy businesses and other forms of investment in the City.

 

As of 2014, the City of Perth Amboy, located in Middlesex County, has approximately 52,000 residents. Persons below the age of 18 make up 27% of the population. Over three-quarters of Perth Amboy residents identify as Hispanic (78%) with Non-Hispanic White residents making up the second largest population (12%). Perth Amboy has no rural areas (0%), similar to Middlesex County’s 0.7% of rural area.

 

A third of Perth Amboy residents have less than a high school degree, which is three times as many as New Jersey. Less than 20% of residents have some college education, in comparison to 72% at the county level and 66% at the state level. Unemployment is nearly double in Perth Amboy (11%) than in Middlesex County. In Perth Amboy, 17% of families live below poverty, more than triple that of Middlesex County, and over 56% of children live in poverty, more than five times that of Middlesex County.

 

When looking at health outcomes, nearly 21% of Perth Amboy residents reported poor or fair health, in comparison to 14% of Middlesex County residents. Close to 30% of Perth Amboy residents are uninsured, twice as many as Middlesex County and New Jersey residents.

 

For more demographic information and sources of data, see Appendix A at the end of the Blueprint.

 

 

Blueprint for Action

 

In the following pages, the Healthier Perth Amboy Consortium presents the Blueprint for Action for Perth Amboy. Guided by the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps principles[1], priorities for action and strategies have been identified. The strategies are evidence-based, incorporate policy and environmental changes and address the major barriers to living healthier in Perth Amboy. Using the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps model[2] (Figure 2, below), action steps created by work groups were organized by relevant health factor area and then by goals.

The goals seen in Table 2 below highlight the work that will be taking place in Perth Amboy over the next three years and the work that will continue beyond 2020. With the continued support and dedication of stakeholders and community members, major barriers to heathy living can be reduced.

 

Table 2: Healthier Perth Amboy Consortium Health Factor Area Goals

Health Factor Areas

Goals           

 

Health Behaviors

To improve the health and wellness of Perth Amboy employees by establishing a workplace wellness toolkit.

To increase access to fresh and nutritious foods for Perth Amboy residents.

Clinical Care

To improve clinical care and support of services to expectant and postpartum mothers by reducing barriers, educating new mothers, and increasing access to care.

 

Social and Economic Factors

To promote a healthy school environment and improve academic achievement by revising and implementing a comprehensive District Wellness Policy including nutrition, nutrition education, physical activity requirements and school based gardens.

To explore unsafe/unhealthy housing conditions including review of existing systems, policies and procedures, and develop lasting solutions

To create an equitable food system by maximizing production of nutritious foods.

Physical Environment

To increase access to physical activity by improving current infrastructure and developing new infrastructure.

 


To make Perth Amboy a more sustainable place to live by supporting Perth Amboy Green Team initiatives

 

The action plans to follow describe the following:

  1. An overall goal statement
  2. Actions steps
  3. Roles of leader(s) and partners for each action step
  4. Timeline of each action step
  5. Resource allocation for each action step
  6. Indicators of success for each action step

 

Overall goal statement: To improve the health and wellness of Perth Amboy employees by establishing and/or maintaining workplace wellness programs.

Action Steps

Partners

Timeline

Resources

Budget Allotment

Success Indicators

Conduct a health screening of at least 10 businesses to assess the overall wellness needs of Perth Amboy employees

Champion:

Robin Krippa, Hackensack Meridian Health (HMH)

Collaborators:

Brenda Guilles, RBA YMCA

 

 

2018

Time investment

Health screenings

List of businesses from BID

Year 4: $3000 in mini grants for Workplace Wellness

-Dates and times of each screening

-Documentation from vision screening

 

Develop workplace wellness toolkit and resources and provide guidance on the use of the toolkit

Champions

Robin Krippa, HMH

Collaborators:

Rebecca Pauley, RBA YMCA

Brenda Guilles, RBA YMCA

Raquel Landero, PRAHD

 

 

2018

-Research of existing workplace wellness resources

 

-Year 4: $3000 in mini grants for Workplace Wellness

-Printing materials $100

-Completed toolkit that directly addresses the health needs of screened employees

-Confirmation of >10 businesses that they have received/will implement toolkit

Recruit businesses to participate/implement/adopt Toolkit recommendations.

Champion:

Robin Krippa, HMH

Collaborators:

Brenda Guilles, RBA YMCA

Rebecca Pauley, RBA YMCA

Raquel Landero, PRAHD

 

 

Late 2018- and ongoing

-Time investment

-Creation of pretest/posttest

-Space and/or time for meetings

-Time investment

-Space for meetings

-Creation of pre-test post-test

-Reflection sheets at 3 month, 6 month, and 1 year from each business –Dates of screenings

 

 

Projected outcome of reaching the goal: Perth Amboy employees will be knowledgeable of their rights and will improve their overall wellbeing by making healthier choices at their job and participating in healthy work activities.

Overall goal statement:

To promote quality of life and healthy development by supporting the improvement of Air and Water Quality, Park Development,& Green Initiatives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Action Steps

Partners

Timeline

Resources

Budget Allotment

Success Indicators

Support and Promote Sustainable Jersey & Green Team Initiatives

Champion:

Maximo Vazquez, City of Perth Amboy

Collaborators:

Green Team

Maritza Rodriguez, City of Perth Amboy

Rebecca Pauley, RBA YMCA

2017-

ongoing

City of Perth Amboy

Sustainable Jersey

Green Team

Up to $300 per initiative

-Green Team minutes

-Minimum of 10 points earned for Sustainable Jersey

 

Create a policy that facilitates joint-use-of-facilities agreements (such as model joint-use agreements).

Champion:

Steve Jobin, RBA YMCA

Collaborators:

All participating businesses, schools, and organizations

2018-ongoing

YMCA

City of Perth Amboy

School District

PRAHD

JRF

None

-Execution of a minimum of 10 joint-use agreements.

-Increase number of agreements every year

Install bike racks at all municipal buildings.

Champion:

Steve Jobin, RBA YMCA

Collaborators:

Kenneth Ortiz, City

Daniel Cleaver, City

Maximo Vazquez, City

July-September 2018

Public Works

YMCA

City of Perth Amboy

-In Yr.3, $10,000 is designated for the Bike Rack project

(Each bike rack at $800 + shipping)

-pictures of 8 bike racks at different municipal buildings

Reduce the amount of auto-related fumes by supporting anti-idling laws

Champion:

Maximo Vazquez, City

Collaborators:

Maritza Rodriguez, City

Green Team

Rebecca Pauley, RBA YMCA

2018-ongoing

Green Team

Recreation Dept.

City of Perth Amboy

City of Perth Amboy

No Idling signs $14.50+shipping (x10 signs), plus sign posts if needed = $300

- Resolution for ordinance brought up to state standards

-Pictures of No Idling signs installed near target idling sites

Support the creation new parks (play spaces).

 

Co-Champions:

Maximo Vazquez, City Maritza Rodriguez, City Collaborators:

Kenneth Ortiz, City

2017- ongoing

-City of Perth Amboy

 

$100 for printing materials

-Community screenings

-Park design documentation

-Pictures of parks

Contract for the development and design of a linear park plan.

Champion:

Cecilia Gonzalez, JRF

Collaborators:

Emerging Leaders

Rutgers CUES

Maximo Vazquez, City

Maritza Rodriguez, City

Kenneth Ortiz, City

June 2017-June 2022

-City of Perth Amboy OECD, Recreation and DPW Staff Time

-Funding for land acquisition, remediation as needed, engineering, design and construction

 

-$15,000 for linear park implementation

-Successful identification of route

-Physical indicator of connectivity (signage, paths, etc.)

-100% accessibility across Perth Amboy

-Outline of mass Transit Systems

 

Recommend, promote, and support for Outdoor Dining Ordinance to include “parklettes” or “sidewalk extensions”.

Champions:

Maximo Vazquez, City

Maritza Rodriguez, City

Collaborators:

Kenneth Ortiz, City of Perth Amboy

2018-2019

-City of Perth Amboy

-Outdoor Dining $5000

-Creation of at least one sidewalk extension

  • 315 State Street

-Documentation of ordinance

-Pictures of sidewalk extension

Projected outcome of reaching goal: Children and adults alike will reap in the mental and physical benefits of cleaner air, less auto traffic, and better, more accessible parks. There will be a decrease in pollution-related illness as well as a decrease in chronic disease that stems from lack of activity.

 

Overall goal statement

To advance changes in the environment, policy, and systems that support increased opportunities for healthy eating, physical activity, and improvements in the built environment.

Action Steps

Partners

Timeline

Resources

Budget Allotment

Success Indicators

Provide nutritional and physical activity training opportunities annually for in-home childcare providers

Champion:

Joan Lorah, CCCS

Collaborators:

Stuart Grant, United Way

May 2018-2019

Line of communication with child-care providers

Professional to provide training

 

Up to $300 to host educational event

-Successful implementation of 4 nutritional and/or physical activities for at least 5 providers

-Agendas/pictures

-Sign in sheets

Increase in homes reached

Support the Perth Amboy School District in revising and implementing a comprehensive District Wellness Policy including nutrition, nutrition education, physical activity requirements and school based gardens.

Champion:

Lisset Lebron, PARTNER

Collaborators:

Junior Iglesia, Board of Ed

Randy Convery, Board of Ed

Tashi Vazquez, Board of Ed

April 2018- Ongoing

School district administration

 

$1000 for up to 4 school-based gardens

-Meeting documentation

-Policy comparison, old vs new

-Pictures of gardens

-documentation of education policy regarding gardens

Strengthen the linkages between traditional health care and community-based prevention strategies in order to help individuals prevent, delay, or live better with chronic conditions.

Champion:

Robin Krippa, HMH

Collaborators:

Michelle Novak, HMH

Lynette Davis, HMH

2018-Ongoing

Take Control of Your Health Program

Provided by Hackensack Meridian Health

Increased sign-ups for program through advertisements on our social media pages

Support and promote breastfeeding friendly environments through Breastfeeding promotion programs and Baby Friendly Hospitals Initiative (BFHI)

Champion:

Michelle Novak, HMH

Collaborators:

Robin Krippa, HMH

Lynette Davis HMH

July 2017-June 2018

Staffing for outreach to business activities

Materials for pledges

Signage that indicates location welcomes/supports breastfeeding

Printing materials for pledges: $20

 

-List of participating restaurants

-Pictures of signs in restaurant

-Signed pledges

 

Provide prenatal education and prescription for Wellness for expectant and postpartum mothers to establish healthy eating habits and promote Speak Up When You Are Down to increase postpartum depression treatment.

Champion:

Michelle Novak, HMH

Collaborators:

Robin Krippa, HMH

Lynette Davis HMH

Rebecca Pauley, RBA YMCA

 

July 2017-June 2020

Nutrition class foods

Nutrition class venue

Referral for free post-partum depression services

Marketing materials for campaign in print

Resource guide of services

Advertisement through social media

Provided by Hackensack Meridian

-Attendance logs of 6-10 nutrition classes/year with post-partum mothers

-25% of referred postpartum mothers attend postpartum depression treatment services

-Attendance logs of 10 breastfeeding classes

-Attendance logs of 10 child-birth classes

Provide child care, parent education, physical health and mental health services, and other family supports to pregnant women with low incomes and children aged 0 to 3

Champion:

James Castillo, RBA YMCA

Collaborators:

Shakila Wilcox, RBA YMCA

Dora Gonzales, RBA YMCA

2018 and ongoing

Early Head Start Program

Nestle Grant

-document training

-Pictures

-Sign in sheets

-Course materials

 

Projected outcome of reaching goal: Perth Amboy parents will have peace of mind knowing their children are healthy and safe. Children being raised by in-home childcare providers will provide care that matches traditional preschool settings. Parents will be better equipped to care for their children and loved ones by first taking better care of themselves and their chronic conditions.

 

Overall goal statement:

Advocate for healthy food policy within Perth Amboy.

Action Steps

Partners

Timeline

Resources

Budget Allotment

Success Indicators

Adopt healthy vending standards in municipal buildings and public parks.

Champion:

Cecilia Gonzalez, JRF

Collaborators:

Emerging Leaders

City of Perth Amboy

2018

City of Perth Amboy

JRF

None

More water/healthier options in public vending machines

Encourage healthy mobile vending trucks, community gardens, farmers markets, and healthy foods near schools and public playgrounds.

Champion:

Cecilia Gonzalez, JRF

Collaborators:

Vanessa Cepin, JRF

Michael LoBrace, PAPS

Betty Crews, Royal Garden Club

Eileen Irizarry, City

2018 and ongoing

Participating community gardens

City of Perth Amboy

Royal Garden Club

Emerging Leaders

Community garden mini grant $3500

up to 7 Community Gardens… $1000 being school based

-Pictures of veggie cart

-Receipts of purchased gardening supplies and equipment

-Pictures of completed gardens

Encourage the sales of healthy products in Perth Amboy corner stores

Champion:

Rebecca Pauley, RBA YMCA

Collaborators:

Brenda Guilles, RBA YMCA

Mario Garcia, RBA YMCA

 

 

2017 and ongoing

Printing materials

Time to visit each store

Social media highlighting each store

Corner store mini grant

-Pictures of new shelving requirements/ produce in stores

-Monthly chart to track progress

-promotions of healthy corner stores through social media.

 

Projected outcome of this goal: Perth Amboy residents will be aware of the increased opportunities for eating healthier. Food pantries will have an increased amount of fresh produce due to the improvements made to community gardens. Residents will even have the opportunity to grow their own food due to an increase in community garden accessibility.

 

Overall goal statement:

To consistently strengthen and develop the Healthier Perth Amboy Leadership and the engage new voices and partners by inviting key stakeholders and representatives from the City including but not limited to Healthy Corner Stores Owners, Local Food Pantries, Clergy, Police, Fire, Zoning, Restaurants, in our work.

Action Steps

Partners

Timeline

Resources

Budget Allotment

Success Indicators

Host/ attend meetings with the intention of building relationships, advancing our cause, and reporting progress.

Champion:

Steve Jobin, RBA YMCA

Collaborators:

CoH coalition

2017-2020

Refreshments

Space

Coordination

 

Up to $50 per meeting

10 successful meetings/events discussing Culture of Health, each with at least 1 new person at the table

Pictures of meetings, attendance logs

Minimum of 10 participants/meeting

Host an annual community meeting to educate, engage, and invite City stakeholders to our work.

Champion:

Steve Jobin, RBA YMCA

Collaborators:

CoH coalition

2017-2020

Refreshments

Space

 

Up to $50 per meeting

-Consortium meeting dates and pictures

-Minutes/Agendas

-Flyer

Attend 6 meetings, of local organizations (PTO, Kiwanis, Zoning Board, Chaplains Corp., etc…) and discuss/present/invite Collaborators to our work.

Champion:

Steve Jobin, RBA YMCA

Collaborators:

CoH coalition

2017-2020

Refreshments

Space (provided by YMCA)

Up to $50 per meeting

- Meeting dates, pictures, attendance logs, and notes

 

Projected outcome of reaching goal: The coalition will meet frequently to discuss ideas and progress, while at the same time create relationships with community members. Over time, this will create sustainability within the culture of health because the community members will take over.

 

Overall goal statement:

To increase access and quality of education and job preparation for high school students.

Action Steps

Partners

Timeline

Resources

Budget Allotment

Success Indicators

Support school policies, including comprehensive curriculum review, that address the diversity of needs for our students and families.

Champion:

Lisset Lebron, Board of Ed

Collaborators:

Board of Education

Michael Lobrace, PAPS

Stuart Grant, United Way

2018-2020

Communication with the Board of Ed

None

Policy changes if needed

Support of policy that is already implemented

Host attendance interventions for chronically absent high school students.

Champion:

Lisett Lebron, Board of Ed

Collaborators:

Board of Education

Stuart Grant, United Way

2018-2020

Board of Ed

United Way

RBA YMCA

$100 per intervention

Attendance logs of 2 attendance interventions

Provide supports such as mentoring, counseling, or vocational training, or school environment changes to help students finish high school

Champion

Lisett Lebron, Board of Ed

Collaborators:

Stuart Grant, United Way

RBA YMCA

2018-2020

Board of Ed

United Way

Social Media

None

Advertisement through social media

Documentation

Promote Vocational Services that increase the likelihood of gaining employable skills.

Champion:

Lisett Lebron, Board of Ed

 

2018-2020

Social media

None

Documentation

Advertisement through social media

Offer and expand out of school learning through afterschool activities and Summer enrichment.

Champion:

Cecilia Gonzalez, JRF

Collaborators:

Emerging Leaders

2018-2019

Space provided by RBA YMCA

Emerging Leaders

 

Provided by Emerging Leaders

Documentation of activities

Education Policy

 

Projected outcome of reaching goal: There will be a steady increase in the graduation rate of Perth Amboy high school students, which will help them get better jobs and therefore happier, healthier lifestyles.

Overall goal statement:

To increase access to job opportunities for all Perth Amboy residents.

Action Steps

Partners

Timeline

Resources

Budget Allotment

Success Indicators

Host an annual employment fair.

Champion:

Maritza Rodriguez, City

Collaborators:

Rebecca Pauley,RBA YMCA

2018-2020

-Middlesex County One-Stop Career Center-Perth Amboy

-Supplies for advertisement

-Refreshments

$200 per fair x 3 fairs =$600

-Attendance logs from businesses/participants

-Pictures from fair

Provide and update community job posting board.

Champion:

Steve Jobin, RBA YMCA

Collaborators:

God’s Army Ministry

2018 and ongoing

-Space for board with high visibility

-Materials

Social media updates

$50 needed for materials

Pictures of board

Log of when the board is updated

Implement full-day preschool for all eligible students to improve access to early education and interventions.

Champion:

Steve Jobin, RBA YMCA

Collaborators:

PRAHD

2019

-Space: RBA YMCA

-Educators

 

Provided by RBA YMCA

Implementation of preschool

Documentation of education policy

 

Projected outcome of reaching goal: Perth Amboy residents will have increased opportunities to find well-paying jobs that they are satisfied with. In turn, the unemployment rate of Perth Amboy will decrease.

 

 

 

 

 

Overall goal statement:

Improve overall public safety and aesthetic by promoting trust and cooperation within the community.

Action Steps

Partners

Timeline

Resources

Budget Allotment

Success Indicators

Implement Safe Routes to School Program

Champion:

Maximo Vazquez, City

Collaborators:

Cecilia Gonzalez, JRF

Emerging Leaders, JRF

Green Team

August 2018-2019

-incentives for student and parent participation in SRTS Presentations

Provided by SRTS grant

-Successful implementation of SRTS in 1 school

-10 points awarded to Green Team

Host and/or support 2-6 events per year promoting community health, safety, and education.

Champion:

Rebecca Pauley, RBA YMCA

Collaborators:

Jenny Alvarez, JRF

Cecilia Gonzalez, JRF

Emerging Leaders

2018-2020

-Volunteers

-Supplies

 

-$1000 2-6 Events per year for Health/Physical Activity/Education

 

Pictures and advertisements from at least 2 events

Advocate for a Graffiti removal ordinance.

Champion:

Steve Jobin, YMCA

Collaborators:

Maximo Vazquez, City

Maritza Rodriguez, City

2018-2019

-City of Perth Amboy

BID

None

-Before/After pictures

-Sample ordinance

Increase façade improvements for local businesses.

Champion:

Steve Jobin, RBA YMCA

Collaborators:

BID & UEZ

2018-2020

BID

Provided by BID

-Before/After pictures

-BID minutes/agenda

Implement policing philosophy to proactively address public safety issues

Champion:

Steve Jobin, RBA YMCA

Collaborators:

Perth Amboy PD

2018 and Ongoing

Printing materials for agreement

Communication with police chief

None

-Agreement from police chief

Projected outcome of reaching goal: Perth Amboy will be an even more beautiful and safer place to live. Residents will live their lives with less worry.

Overall goal statement:

Increase socioeconomic conditions by focusing on healthy housing and homeowners.

Action Steps

Partners

Timeline

Resources

Budget Allotment

Success Indicators

Provide/promote homeownership counseling seminars, public education courses and homeowner workshops

Champion:

Raquel Landero, PRAHD

Collaborators:

Kim Ruiz, PRAHD

Perth Amboy Housing Authority

City of Perth Amboy

2018-2020

Meeting materials

Refreshments

$500 to be split for different meetings/events each year

-Hold at least 4 seminars

-Attendance logs from each seminar

-Pictures and flyers

-Promotion through our social media pages

Conduct healthy home lead assessments

Champion:

Raquel Landero, PRAHD

Collaborators:

Kim Ruiz, PRAHD

Puerto Rican Action Board (PRAB)

2018-2020

Contact with PRAB

Provided by PRAB

-Successfully connect PRAB to 5 Perth Amboy properties

-documentation

Convene stakeholders to explore unsafe/unhealthy housing conditions including review of existing systems, policies and procedures.

Champion:

Raquel Landero, PRAHD

Collaborators:

GATEWAY Neighborhood Collaborative

2018-2020

Time allotments for meetings

None

-Decrease in illegal housing code violations by 2020

-recommend system, policies and procedures to reduce unsafe/unhealthy housing conditions.

 

Projected outcome of reaching goal: There will be a decrease in poor and dangerous housing conditions of Perth Amboy. Perth Amboy residents will be more confident in owning a home.

 

 

Overall goal statement:

Increase community engagement through the improvement of social norms and attitudes

Action Steps

Partners

Timeline

Resources

Budget Allotment

Success Indicators

Engage Citizens Campaign to implement Civic Trust Program

Champion

Steve Jobin, RBA YMCA

2019

Communication with Citizens Campaign

Printing materials

None

Implementation of program

Signed agreements

Increase access to mass media and emerging technologies by providing at least 1 location for community access computers for internet.

Champion

Steve Jobin RBA YMCA

Collaborators:

Rebecca Pauley, RBA YMCA

 

2018 and ongoing

-Donated Toshiba computers

-Space: 392 Smith Street

Social media pages

Computer donations:$0

 

-Increase in people using computers (through daily sign-in sheets)

-Increase in outreach through social media

Navigate citizens to quarterly Town Hall assemblies/Block Party(s).

Champion:

Lisset Lebron, PARTNER

Collaborators:

Maritza Rodriguez, City

Maximo Vazquez, City

RBA YMCA

2018-2020

-Food/refreshments

-Advertisement

-Space

$500 to help host each event

-Hold 2-4 assemblies and/or block parties/year

-Pictures from each assembly/party

-Increase in voter registration

Support and promote local art by partnering with local Artists, the Arts Council and various other Art Groups.

Champion:

Rebecca Pauley, RBA YMCA

Collaborators:

Samantha Miranda, Dept of Recreation

PRAHD

2018 -2020

BID

Perth Amboy Gallery Center for the Arts

PRAHD

City of Perth Amboy

$300 per event

Pictures and/or advertisements of at least 1 event/ year.

 

 

Projected outcome of reaching goal: Perth Amboy residents will be more inclined to create lasting relationships with each other, use their creative side, and eventually create a culture of health and happiness within the community.

 

Appendix A: About our town

 

Perth Amboy

Middlesex County

New Jersey

DEMOGRAPHICS                                      

Population

52,179[1]

836,297[2]

8, 938,1752

% Females

50.4%1

50.8%2

51.2%2

% below 18 years of age

27.1%1

22.0%2

22.5%2

% 65 and older

10.2%1

13.4%2

14.7%2

% Hispanic

78.1%1

19.9%2

19.3%2

% Non-Hispanic African American

7.4%1

9.3%2

12.9%2

% Non-Hispanic White

12.0%1

45.4%2

56.8%2

% Non-Hispanic Asian

1.6%1

24.0%2

9.4%2

% Rural

0.0%1

0.7%2

5.3%2

HEALTH OUTCOMES

MORTALITY

Premature Death

n/a5

4,6002

5,5002

MORBIDITY

Poor or fair health

20.8%4

14.0%2

16.0%2

Poor physical health days

n/a5

2.92

3.22

Poor mental health days

n/a5

3.12

3.42

Low birth weight (LBW)

n/a5

8.0%2

8.0%2

 

[1] http://www.city-data.com/city/Perth-Amboy-New-Jersey.html#b

[2] http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/app/new-jersey/2016/rankings/middlesex/county/outcomes/overall/snapshot

4 https://www.rbmc.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/RBMC-CHNA-2015.03.09-FINAL.pdf

5 Missing data should be updated upon verification of source.

HEALTH FACTORS                 

HEALTH BEHAVIORS

Adult smoking

n/a5

12.0%2

15.0%2

Adult obesity

n/a5

24.0%2

25.0%2

Physical inactivity

n/a5

24.0%2

24.0%2

Excessive drinking

n/a5

17.0%2

17.0%2

Motor vehicle crash death rate

7.91

62

72

Sexually transmitted disease

n/a5

256.52

319.62

Teen birth rate

n/a5

142

202

CLINICAL CARE                          

Uninsured

29.7%[1]

14.0%2

15.0%2

Primary care physicians

n/a5

1,050:12

1,170:12

Dentists

n/a5

1,210:12

1,220:12

Preventable hospital stays

n/a5

572

552

Diabetic screening

n/a5

85%2

84%2

Mammography screening

n/a5

61%2

61%2

 

1 http://www.city-data.com/city/Perth-Amboy-New-Jersey.html#b

2 http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/app/new-jersey/2016/rankings/middlesex/county/outcomes/overall/snapshot

[1] https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/table/PST045215/3458200

5 Missing data should be updated upon verification of source.

 

 

SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC FACTORS

Median household income

$43,4991

$77,3002

$72,0002

Less than a high school diploma

33.2%1

15.6%1

10.9%1

High school graduate

28.5%1

89.0%2

88.0%2

Some college

18.7%1

72.0%2

66.0%2

Unemployment

10.8%1

6.0%2

6.6%

Individuals below poverty

20.4%[1]

8.11%4

9.87%4

Families below poverty

17.0%4

5.4%4

7.4%4

Children in poverty

56.3%3

11.0%2

16.0%2

Children eligible for free lunch

n/a5

26.0%2

31.0%2

Inadequate social support

n/a5

n/a5

n/a5

Children in single-parent households

n/a5

25.0%2

30.0%2

English proficiency

n/a5

n/a5

n/a5

Violent crime rate

n/a5

1782

3022

Homicide rate

n/a[2]

22

52

PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT

Daily fine particulate matter

n/a5

11.12

11.32

Drinking water supply

n/a5

n/a5

n/a5

Access to recreational facilities

n/a5

n/a5

n/a5

Access to parks

n/a5

n/a5

n/a5

Limited access to healthy foods

n/a5

n/a5

n/a5

Fast food restaurants

n/a5

n/a5

n/a5

 

1 http://www.city-data.com/city/Perth-Amboy-New-Jersey.html#b

2 http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/app/new-jersey/2016/rankings/middlesex/county/outcomes/overall/snapshot

3 https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/table/PST045215/3458200

[1] https://www.rbmc.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/RBMC-CHNA-2015.03.09-FINAL.pdf

[2] Missing data should be updated upon verification of source.