Healthier Perth Amboy: Building a Culture of Health

The Middlesex County East Health and Human Services Consortium was awarded a 2-year grant from the New Jersey Healthy Communities Network. The Consortium consists of 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.

Healthier Perth Amboy: Building a Culture of Health

The Raritan Bay Area YMCA was awarded a 4-year grant from New Jersey Health Initiative (NJHI) the statewide grantmaking program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, to advance the work of the Middlesex County East Health and Human Services Consortium.

The Consortium is a group of more than 100 entities with approximately 30 individuals and organizations actively participating in the regular meetings and 12-15 actively participating in the Culture of Health Committee. Five organizations, in addition to a Community Coach, make up the Boundary Spanning Leadership Team. The committee, its partners and grantees support healthy eating and active living through evidence-based models to advance environmental and policy changes. By using key evidence-based models like Blue Zones, National Prevention Strategy, ShapingNJ, Sustainable Jersey, and others, we can develop strategies to help New Jerseyans live longer, better lives in every setting where we live, learn, work and play.  Our collective impact model ensures that we can make a bigger impact by working together. If you would like to join our Culture of Health team please contact Steve Jobin.

The committees explore and expand the strategies listed below– each with mutual reinforcing strategies, measure objectives and contribute indicators for success.

  • Workplace Wellness
  • Healthy Corner Stores and Restaurant
  • Healthy Schools and Childcare Centers
  • Healthcare Centers
  • Faith Based Community
  • Community

The five organizations are the Raritan Bay Area YMCA, Community Child Care Solutions, Puerto Rican Association for Human Development, Jewish Renaissance Foundation, and Raritan Bay Medical Center.

  1. Raritan Bay Area YMCA was officially chartered by the State of New Jersey in 1912. The YMCA is dedicated to building strong kids, strong families, and strong communities through programs that develop the values of caring, honesty, respect, faith and responsibility. Serving all people regardless of age, religion, sex, or financial means, the YMCA is committed to developing a healthy mind, body and spirit. The organization’s areas of focus are in youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Raritan Bay Area YMCA is committed to providing life-changing services to all health seekers who desire to participate.
  2. Community Child Care Solutions, led by the social teachings of the Church, believes that all children deserve the opportunity to develop to their fullest potential. They are dedicated to providing the highest quality of services to children, their families, and child care professionals through education, advocacy, referrals and access to financial assistance. Community Child Care Solutions is the child care resource for families, child care professionals and the community in Somerset and Middlesex counties. They help parents find child care, support families to raise healthy children, improve the quality of child care, bridge child care and education, build the supply of child care, document child care needs and trends, engage new partners and tell the child care story.
  3. Puerto Rican Association for Human Development, Inc. (PRAHD) has grown from an anti-delinquency programming within Perth Amboy into a thriving comprehensive human services agency that has served thousands of New Jersey residents throughout Middlesex, Union and Hudson counties over forty years. PRAHD operates 10 programs across a wide spectrum of unmet human service needs which target education, housing, benefits access, youth development, preventative health, respite home care for the developmentally disabled, and senior services. PRAHD is dedicated to “developing human potential and promoting self-sufficiency through programs designed to improve the social, economic, health and educational status of the community in a culturally sensitive environment”. PRAHD is an active community provider and steward that constantly campaigns for the rights, dignity and betterment of impoverished individuals and communities.
  4. Jewish Renaissance Foundation (JRF) was established in 1995 as a faith-based, nonprofit corporation with central offices in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. Serving more than 2,200 people in Middlesex County each year, they are a leader in providing community coordination, emergency services, education, food and nutrition, family development, and employment and training. The JRF strives to overcome poverty and hopelessness throughout Middlesex County. The JRF helps people in low-income households attain economic self-sufficiency. They provide emergency services to meet immediate needs, while fostering individual growth and transition to household stability. Job training, child care, transportation assistance and other programs are keystones to their mission of promoting greater self-sufficiency.
  5. Raritan Bay Medical Center, a non-profit health care organization, is committed to providing professional, compassionate and quality health care to all patients and to meeting the changing health care needs of our communities. Since 1902, Raritan Bay Medical Center has been a provider of quality compassionate care to the men, women and children in Central New Jersey. Today, they continue that high level of care, offering a total of 501 beds at our Perth Amboy and Old Bridge facilities. A medical staff of more than 500 physicians and specialists and a nationally-recognized nursing and ancillary staff of 1,700 provide medical-surgical, maternity, pediatric, general and critical care, stroke, behavioral health and emergency services. Their vision is to be the best health system in New Jersey. Their values are honesty, integrity, respect, compassion, balance and diversity. Their promise is to provide the best health care experience.

Also providing leadership is:

  • United Way of Central Jersey
  • Rutgers SNAP-Ed
  • Citizens Campaign
  • Perth Amboy Business Improvement District
  • Perth Amboy Department of Economic & Community Development
  • Perth Amboy Department of Human Services
  • Jewish Renaissance Medical Center