Community Health Worker Improves Outcomes for those who are Homeless

Zufall Health Center’s Community Health Worker has been reaching out to those who are homeless and reducing barriers to seeking primary care services, made possible in part by a two-year grant from Partners for Health Foundation. Lakshmi Silva, Zufall’s Community Health Worker, provides consistent outreach to homeless individuals in West Orange and surrounding areas, linking …Read More…

Milbank Park Community Garden Expands Access to Fresh Produce in Bloomfield

Neighbor to Neighbor Network (NTNN), in collaboration with the Township of Bloomfield and the Bloomfield Garden Committee, established the Community Garden at Milbank Park in 2019 and is enjoying it first full growing season this year. This volunteer-led project is a grassroots effort designed to create gardening space for residents, as well as a community …Read More…

MFEE America to Me Real Talk on Race Takes on Greater Urgency

MFEE America to Me Real Talk on Race Takes on Greater Urgency Since 2018, the Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence (MFEE) has engaged over 600 Montclairians in a town-wide process for understanding issues of race and equity more deeply using the America to Me documentary series. The series examines racial inequities through the eyes of …Read More…

Registration is Now Open for “All Remote” MILL Summer MILL Classes

The Montclair Institute for Lifelong Learning (MILL) will once again offer “all remote” programming for its summer sessions, with virtual classes in program areas that include the Arts, History and Current Events, and Health and Wellness.  When the Division of Senior Services/Lifelong Montclair closed Edgemont Park House for programs in early March due to the …Read More…

T-shirt Sales Support Emergency Funding efforts

Proceeds from the sale of “Montclair Strong” T-shirts have been donated to Partners for Health and will be used for emergency grants to address increased demand at local soup kitchens and food pantries due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Pam Scott, Executive Director of the Foundation, said, “We are grateful to the enterprising Montclair High School …Read More…

VIRTUAL MONTCLAIR BOUNCE ANNOUNCES SPRING ONLINE OFFERINGS

The second MONTCLAIR Bounce Festival scheduled for this Spring has been postponed indefinitely but organizers are offering online experiences and resources reflecting the Festival’s goals of helping the community sustain itself through life’s ups and downs. These include creative collaborations with local partners, practical information and a virtual place for neighbors to come together. Upcoming …Read More…

THE VICTORY GARDEN COMES BACK: HOW-TO GUIDE

By JOSE GERMANOriginal Article can be found at the Montclair Local Jose German writes the “Gardening for Life” column for Montclair Local and is the founder of the Northeast Earth Coalition. Shared with permission from Jose German. The Victory Garden movement, nowadays more commonly referred to as urban farming, is very strong in Montclair. In the …Read More…

Montclair and Bloomfield Join Forces to Ensure All Residents Counted

Montclair and Bloomfield are joining forces to form a Complete Count Committee to ensure that the 2020 Census brings appropriate funding and resources to our communities. The Committee will focus on those who are at risk for being significantly undercounted, including very young children, low income residents, people living in multigenerational housing, and others. Montclair …Read More…

Double the Value

On a fall day at the Montclair Farmers’ Market, a customer walked up to the market managers’ tent with a $5 bill. But it wasn’t your average $5 bill – it was a Good Food Bucks coupon, part of the Double Bucks program that allows federal food benefit recipients to buy twice as much local …Read More…

Bloomfield College Joins JED Campus to Support Student Mental Health

Bloomfield College to Assess and Enhance Mental Health, Substance Use, and Suicide Prevention Efforts in Partnership with The Jed Foundation (JED) Bloomfield College announced that it has joined JED Campus in support of student well-being and mental health. The program is a nationwide initiative of The Jed Foundation (JED) designed to help schools evaluate and …Read More…

Rita Bettenbender Memorial Fund Honors Legacy of MILL Film Class Instructor

When the Montclair Institute for Lifelong Learning launched in March 2015, Rita Bettenbender’s Film Class was among its first offerings.  Rita passed away in January 2020 and to honor her legacy, the MILL has created the Rita Bettenbender Memorial Fund.  Donations to the fund will support future film classes in Rita’s memory, and will be …Read More…

City Green’s Farm to Preschool Program Establishes Healthy Eating Habits

Early childhood is the ideal time to establish healthy behaviors, including healthy eating habits. According to the Food and Nutrition Service of the US Department of Agriculture, “Farm to Preschool works to connect early child care and education settings to local food producers with the objectives of serving locally-grown, healthy foods to young children, providing …Read More…

Explore the Lenape Trail!

An Official Guide to the Lenape Trail developed by the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, is now available to guide exploration of the trail and the parks that it traverses. The 36-mile Lenape Trail brings visitors to Essex County’s great outdoor destinations by connecting 18 parks and 11 communities. This unique urban-suburban trail is a destination for …Read More…

Cliff Finkle Elected PfH Board Chair!

Please join us in welcoming PFH’s new Board Chair, Clifford B. Finkle IV! Cliff joined the PFH Board in 2014, and has served as Finance Chair since 2015 and First Vice Chair since 2016.  Additionally, Cliff sits on the Foundation’s Nominating and Strategic Planning Committees. Cliff Finkle is a Senior Vice President with EVO Transportation …Read More…

Annual campaign awards $275,000 to community health partners

The 6th Annual Holiday Matching Grants campaign to benefit local soup kitchens, food pantries and organizations working to address and prevent both hunger and homelessness was a big success, thanks to the generosity of the community.  Partners for Health Foundation has awarded $275,000 in matching funds for donations that were made by the end of …Read More…

KinderSmile Foundation Hosts Inaugural SMILE! Awards Breakfast

KinderSmile Foundation recognized community partners – including Partners for Health Foundation – at the inaugural SMILE! Awards Breakfast, held in October at RWJ Barnabas Clara Maass Medical Center. First Lady Tammy Murphy gave a keynote address, speaking passionately about her efforts to expose and eradicate the maternal and infant mortality crisis significantly impacting women of color …Read More…

Annual Turkey Ride to Benefit the Human Needs Food Pantry

Continuing a tradition that began six years ago, the Montclair Bikery 7th Annual Turkey Ride to collect turkeys for the Human Needs Food Pantry will take place on Sunday, November 24, 2019.  Cyclists will meet at the Montclair Bikery at 145 Valley Road at 9 AM and ride a flat, 15-mile circuitous route to the …Read More…

Benefits of Lifelong Learning

The Montclair Institute for Lifelong Learning (MILL) fosters opportunities to expand social connections and build knowledge and new skills for adults age 55+.  It is a core program of Lifelong Montclair, part of the Township’s commitment to becoming an age-friendly community. More than 250 classes have been offered since 2015, and there have been 1,500 …Read More…

A Legacy of Support for Nursing Education

Edward A. Smith appreciated the excellent nursing care he received at Mountainside Hospital, and starting in the 1970s he was an ardent supporter of both the hospital and the Mountainside Hospital School of Nursing.  Though he passed away in June of 2003, his legacy to helping students pursue careers in nursing has continued through the …Read More…

Food Pantries in Need of Donations and Volunteers!

This back to school season, we ask you to remember your local food pantries and soup kitchens, who are always in need of help! There are many ways you can help keep their shelves stocked and kitchens open: Organize a community food drive to collect food Volunteer at a summer feeding programs Collect and donate …Read More…

VIDEO TELLS THE STORIES OF COMMUNITY IMPACT AWARDEES

To celebrate our 10th anniversary, Partners for Health Foundation awarded 10 Community Impact Awards, and grants totaling $100,000, to recognize nonprofit organizations and individuals making a significant difference in the health and well-being of local communities. A video produced that evening tells the story of several of the Awardees, what inspires them, what they’ve been …Read More…

Thank you for making our Annual Golf Tournament a success!

Partners for Health Foundation held its Annual Golf Tournament on Tuesday, July 16, 2019. The event raised more than $75,000 to support local organizations that address Hunger & Homelessness. We would like to extend a warm thank you to all who participated and helped to make it a memorable day! Special congratulations to the event …Read More…

Summer Learning and Lunch Program at Montclair Public Library

Montclair Public Library Foundation will continue its summer feeding program for Montclair’s youth. The Summer Learning and Lunch Program is the result of a collaboration among Montclair Public Library, Partners for Health Foundation and Toni’s Kitchen. Going into its third year, this program is meeting a real need in the Montclair community as evidenced by …Read More…

Videos featuring the 2018 Community Impact Awardees

To celebrate our 10th anniversary in 2018, Partners for Health Foundation awarded 10 Community Impact Awards, and grants totaling $100,000, to recognize nonprofit organizations and individuals making a significant difference in the health and well-being of local communities.  Watch the videos below to hear how Community Impact Awardees are making a difference in their communities. …Read More…

Montclair Art Museum – Art Party Luncheon

Montclair Art Museum hosted its annual spring fundraising events last week with the Art Party Luncheon and the Art Party Evening. These events support the Museum’s exhibitions, the Vance Wall Art Education Center, and engaging diverse audiences from across the region. Beth Hart, Director of Development, says about the event, “This annual fundraiser serves as …Read More…

S.O.F.I.A.’s Teen Healthy Relationship Workshop Leaves a Lasting Impression

Teens and young people experience abuse in intimate relationships at disproportionately high levels. Continuing the work reflected in the Start Out Fresh Intervention Advocates (S.O.F.I.A.) tag-line, “With Awareness There is Hope,” the non-profit’s Teen Safe Dating and Healthy Relationship Workshops ensure that young people learn about the warning signs, negative effects, and strategies to help …Read More…

“Beyond the Silence” Film Screening and Q & A with Filmmaker Michael Barbee

Toni’s Kitchen and the YMCA of Montclair have partnered to launch Montclair Bounce (https://montclairbounce.org/), a week-long festival that will explore opportunities and resources to strengthen emotional health and connections within the community.  Partners for Health will co-present a screening of Beyond the Silence during the BOUNCE festival on: Thursday, June 6th @ 7:00 PM505 Bloomfield …Read More…

Partners for Health receives award at Senior Citizen Prom

The Township of Bloomfield hosted a Hollywood-themed prom for Bloomfield and Glen Ridge Senior citizens on Friday, May 3.  The event was sponsored by the Neighbor to Neighbor Network, the Bloomfield Department of Health and Human Services, and Bloomfield College Nursing Students. Pam Scott, Executive Director of Partners for Health Foundation, was presented with an …Read More…

Take the KINDNESS Challenge!

Partners for Health is proud to be a sponsor of Montclair Film’s KINDNESS Challenge, taking place throughout the Film Festival (May 3 – 12, 2019).  Research shows that even the smallest acts of kindness can lift a person’s spirits.  Kindness, together with empathy, forges a path forward even when we disagree with another’s behavior or …Read More…

Verona Brownie Troop Visits Toni’s Kitchen

On April 3, 2019 the Brookdale Avenue School (Verona, NJ) 3rd grade Brownie Troop had the opportunity to learn more about the work of Toni’s Kitchen in Montclair.  Anne Mernin, Executive Director of Toni’s Kitchen, and Jessica from her staff spoke to the girls about the work of Toni’s, answered their many questions and shared …Read More…

Seniors in Taxis Program Revived

Through a Community Impact Awards from the Partners for Health Foundation grant the township will revive its Seniors in Taxis program that ended the first of the year. With the $6,600 grant, the township will partner with the Ryde4Life program to offset Seniors in Taxis. Effective immediately, Montclair residents, age 55 or older, will be …Read More…

Montclair BOUNCE, A Festival of Optimism and Resilience, Coming Spring 2019

Toni’s Kitchen will partner with The YMCA of Montclair to launch MONTCLAIR BOUNCE: A Festival of Optimism and Resilience, May 31 to June 7, 2019. The first-annual BOUNCE Festival will explore everyday opportunities and oft-unnoticed resources to strengthen emotional health and connections to the community. This townwide, playful adventure will also do the serious work …Read More…

John Fromhold to be honored at Annual Golf Tournament

Partners for Health is proud to be recognizing John Fromhold, CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health Mountainside Medical Center, as the honoree of the Foundation’s Annual Golf Tournament on Tuesday, July 16. Since 2008, Partners for Health Foundation has made grants totaling $3.6 million to address Hunger & Homelessness in Montclair and surrounding communities.  Sponsorship support …Read More…

Partners for Health Welcomes Sara Elnakib to the Board

The Partners for Health Foundation Board of Trustees elected Sara Elnakib to the Board for a three-year term, effective January 2019.  Sara has worked in community nutrition for more than 10 years. She joined the Rutgers Cooperative Extension in the Department of Family and Community Health Sciences as an Assistant Professor in January 2015. As …Read More…

A Fond Farewell to Trustees Leaving our Board!

              At the December Board meeting, Chris Petermann, Chair, praised the tremendous contributions of three members who are leaving the Partners for Health Board on December 31, 2018.   Fred Guterl who served as a Trustee from mid-2016 through 2018, was an active and thoughtful member of the Nominating …Read More…

Farm Camp paintings inspire holiday greetings!

  In August 2018, Karen DeLuca, a local artist, art instructor and graphic designer, spent two mornings at the Montclair Community Farms “Farm Camp.”  She invited the campers, ages 7-11, to paint images informed by their one-week camp experience.  Fresh vegetables, fruits and flowers that were picked on the farm – along with eggs, honey …Read More…

Foundation marks 10th anniversary by honoring community partnership and collaboration

To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Partners for Health Foundation awarded 10 Community Impact Awards, and grants totaling $100,000, to recognize nonprofit organizations and individuals making a significant difference in the health and well-being of local communities. The awardees were selected from 65 nominations that cited contributions in areas such as hunger, homelessness, chronic disease prevention, oral health, and mental …Read More…

Founder’s Award: Paul A. Lisovicz honored for leadership of the Foundation

Partners for Health Foundation’s Board of Trustees presented its 10-Year Anniversary Founder’s Award to longtime Board member Paul A. Lisovicz, who served as a Trustee from 2005-2015 and Board Chair from 2009-2013. The Founder’s Award was established to recognize an individual whose efforts significantly shaped the Foundation through commitment, innovation, professional expertise, philanthropy and overall …Read More…

New floors at MCDC helping children to Breathe Easy

With a grant from Partners for Health Foundation, the Montclair Child Development Center has been able to remove carpet and install child-friendly, non-porous floors at their Montclair school. More than 10% of the children who attend MCDC have asthma and more than 25% have allergies, both of which cause labored breathing at times.  These children …Read More…

ChangingAging Tour is coming to Montclair!

Renowned geriatrician and visionary Dr. Bill Thomas’s ChangingAging tour is coming to northern New Jersey! The tour kicks off in Ridgewood on November 7th and continues in Montclair for two live “nonfiction theater” stage productions on November 8th. Featuring Dr. Bill Thomas, international recording artist Samité and reggae legend Nate Silas Richardson, the tour explores …Read More…

Addressing local hunger through Breakfast After the Bell

More than 13 million kids in the country go to school hungry, and hunger detracts from their ability to focus on learning during the school day. That’s why Partners for Heath Foundation is taking action to make sure children in Northern New Jersey get a healthy breakfast this school year. Our very own Kathy Smith …Read More…

New Jersey Healthy Communities Network Blog

The New Jersey Healthy Communities Network’s Community Grants Program brings together local, regional, and statewide funders, leaders and partners to support communities in implementing healthy eating and active living strategies to advance environment, policy and system changes. Since 2011, the NJHCN Community Grants Program has provided $3.2 million in grants. Partners for Health Foundation is proud …Read More…

New Walking Tour Booklets Highlights Montclair’s History

A new self-guided walking and biking tour booklet that highlights some of Montclair’s historic districts is now available through the Montclair History Center. The booklet includes six self-guided tours, five of which are less than 2 miles and can easily be accomplished on foot. A tour of the Montclair Art Colony’s studios and homes is …Read More…

Toni’s Kitchen’s Summer Love Food Program

Toni’s Kitchen’s Summer Love Food Program, running from June 25 through August 31, works to ensure local children at summer camps, preschools, libraries and sports programs are well fed all summer long. Summer can be a tough time for low-income families. As school closes, breakfast and lunch programs that children rely on disappear. Working families …Read More…

In Response to Suburban Hunger… More than $600,000 in Fresh Produce Grants!

As suburban poverty has risen, more and more local residents have struggled to put food on the table.  Soup kitchens and food pantries report sharp increases in demand for their services, while their usual sources of support cannot keep up with increased demand for food.  Partners for Health Foundation launched its fresh produce grants program …Read More…

Adding Advocacy to the Toolbox Event

On Wednesday, June 13th Partners for Health hosted a nonprofit advocacy learning session at the Van Vleck House and Gardens. About 50 individuals representing nonprofit organizations from the Foundation’s service area attended this event. The panel discussion, led by John Mooney, Chief Executive Officer & Founding Editor of NJ Spotlight, touched on best practices and …Read More…

Community Partnership Award

Partners for Health was recognized with The Salvation Army Montclair Citadel “Community Partnership Award” at the 12th Annual Coffee and a Cause event on Thursday, May 3, 2018.  The award was presented to Pam Scott, Executive Director of the Foundation by Major Kevin Stoops and Michele Kroeze, Business Manager of the Salvation Army.   Guest …Read More…

“Speak Out!” Award presented at Montclair Film Festival Emerging Filmmaker Competition

Montclair Film Festival’s Emerging Filmmaker, co-presented by Partners for Health Foundation and Gelotti, celebrates the work of local filmmakers in two filmmaking sections:  Storytellers (Grades 6-8) and Visionaries (Grades 9-12). These films represent a wide range of styles and voices that showcase the diverse talents of young people who are using cinema to tell their …Read More…

Partners for Health Foundation to receive award for summer lunch program at Montclair Public Library

The New Jersey Library Association will award Partners for Health Foundation the 2018 Library Service Award for their funding of health related programs at the Montclair Public Library.  The award will be presented at the New Jersey Library Association Annual Conference awards ceremony on Thursday, May 31 from 6-8 pm at Harrah’s Waterfront Conference Center …Read More…

PARTNERS FOR HEALTH WELCOMES NEW TRUSTEE

Partners for Health is pleased to welcome Tom Creaser as a new Trustee. Tom is a finance, operations and strategy executive presently serving as Vice President of Finance and Operations for Jazz House Kids, Inc., the Montclair-based nonprofit arts organization, which helps transform the lives of K-12 students via year-round education that develops musical potential, …Read More…

Partners for Health Welcomes 4 New Trustees

Chris Petermann, Board Chair, is pleased to welcome four Trustees to the Partners for Health Foundation Board. “We’re delighted to have the expertise and diverse perspectives of these new Board members and are confident their contributions will enhance our work.” Lisa Amato returns to the Partners for Health following a two-year hiatus, having previously served …Read More…

Montclair Film presents Slam My Story!

Presents Slam My Story! Premiers Sunday, March 18, 2018 Everyone has a unique story to tell. Slam My Story! gives high school students an opportunity to share their own individual story and/or college essay. Submit your story and you may be chosen to read or perform LIVE at Montclair Film’s Cinema505 during the Montclair Literary …Read More…

Operation Blue Angel to give Montclair senior residents more peace of mind

The Montclair Police Department, Montclair Fire Department, and Montclair Ambulance Unit have collaborated through Lifelong Montclair, the Township’s aging in place initiative, to give our senior residents more peace of mind.  “Operation Blue Angel” is intended to provide Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) access to a residence in the event of an emergency …Read More…

Christopher Petermann elected Board Chair

The Trustees of the Partners for Health Foundation have elected a new Board Chair, Christopher Petermann, effective January 1, 2018.  He replaces Kevin Rendino, who had been Chair from 2014-2017.  Chris is a partner at PFK O’Connor Davies, LLP, an accounting and advisory firm.  He has more than 30 years of experience serving a multitude …Read More…

Grants of more than $900,000 will Address Local Hunger and Homelessness

More than 840 community members opened their hearts and wallets during the 2017 holiday season, donating $450,000+ to the Matching Grants Program sponsored by Partners for Health Foundation.  With the Foundation’s $1 to $1 match, grants totaling more than $900,000 have been distributed to 11 local soup kitchens, food pantries and agencies that provide services …Read More…

Montclair Community Farms: Let’s Grow!

Montclair Community Farms (MCF) is a coalition of HOMECorp, Montclair Department of Health and Human Services, Montclair History Center, Montclair State University, and Rutgers Cooperative Extension: Essex County 4-H and Master Gardeners. Community volunteers and Youth farmers tend their two farm sites along with a farm coordinator and farm director. MCF plants, grows, harvests and …Watch Video…

Celebrate the Season with MILL Artists!

Celebrate the Season featuring paintings by 20 student artists will be exhibited in the Upper Lobby of the Vance Wall Art Education Center at the Montclair Art Museum through January 7, 2018.   The artists are local residents who participated in a watercolor and gouache class offered by the Montclair Institute for Lifelong Learning (MILL) through …Read More…

Seeking Nominations for Community Impact Awards

  Up to $100,000 will be distributed among 10 award winners in 2018   Partners for Health Foundation will celebrate our 10-Year Anniversary by recognizing people and organizations who are making extraordinary contributions to health and well-being in the 15 communities we serves. The Foundation is seeking nominations for Community Impact Awards that will select …Read More…

Scholarships Support Nursing Education at Bloomfield College

The Partners for Health Foundation Nursing Scholarship Fund has been established at Bloomfield College to support junior and senior nursing students.  A total of $150,000 will be dispersed over five years beginning in the fall of 2017 to students who have demonstrated academic excellence and a commitment to successfully completing their education. “In choosing to …Read More…

Zufall Health Dental Mobile Provides Services to Underserved Communities

More than 250 underserved adults and children in the Partners for Health Foundation service area received affordable, high quality dental care on the Zufall Delta Dental Mobile Van in its first year of service. At the ribbon cutting ceremony to launch the dental van in August 2016, Eva Turbina, Zufall’s president and chief executive officer …Read More…

The Peace Model Project

The Peace Model Project, a school-based mental health & wellness initiative, is a collaborative venture between The Bridge, Inc. and the Caldwell-West Caldwell School district.  It is designed to fully integrate community mental health services in the district’s four elementary schools.  The vision for the project was inspired in response to increased school violence across …Read More…

Let’s Walk!

  Let’s Walk is a free walking program of guided and themed walks for those who are interested in developing a healthier lifestyle.  The program offers walks at various locations throughout the week and is coordinated by the New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition.   Regular walking has been identified by health experts and the US Surgeon …Read More…

City Green Veggie Mobile Returns to South End

Fourth Ward Councilwoman Renee Baskerville and the Township of Montclair are partnering with Hackensack Meridian Health Mountainside Medical Center, Partners for Health and City Green, to once again welcome the City Green Veggie Mobile – a mobile farm stand that brings fresh produce and other healthful foods to Montclair’s South End district. The Veggie Mobile will be …Read More…

Seniors in Taxis in Montclair (S.I.T.)

SIT is a pilot program which offers senior residents of Montclair reduced cost taxi vouchers for local travel.  SIT is not a taxi service – residents can use SIT vouchers to pay for taxi services with participating companies.       SIT Vouchers can be used outside of Montclair. Great savings – pay $15 for …Read More…

New Jersey Bike and Walk Coalition opens second bike depot in New Jersey

New Jersey Bike and Walk Coalition opened a bike depot on March 24th at Bloomfield’s Glenwood Avenue Parking Garage, steps away from the NJ Transit train station. The organization’s first bike depot opened two years ago at Montclair’s Bay Street Station.  The Montclair depot can accommodate up to 24 bicycles and is near capacity!  A …Read More…

Grants of more than $463,000 will Fight Hunger and Homelessness

More than 400 community members opened their hearts and wallets during the 2016 holiday season, donating $231,670 to the Matching Grants Program sponsored by Partners for Health Foundation. With the Foundation’s $1 to $1 match, grants totaling $463,340 were made to seven local soup kitchens, food pantries and agencies that provide services to the homeless …Read More…

New Trustees Join Partners for Health Foundation Board

The Trustees of the Partners for Health Foundation Board of Trustees have elected Fred Guterl and Lynne Katzmann, both of Montclair, to the Board. Board Chair Kevin Rendino noted, “We welcome these talented individuals and are confident their expertise will enhance our work.” Fred Guterl is executive editor of Scientific American and author of The …Read More…

Three Leading Community Agencies Join Together to Support Youth in Recovery

‘ASPIRE’ aims to help young adults maintain long-term sobriety The YMCA of Montclair, in partnership with the National Youth Recovery Foundation (NYRF) and Partners for Health Foundation in Montclair, will launch three 12-week programs geared to adults between the ages of 18 and 30 in long-term recovery. ASPIRE (Achieving Sobriety by Promoting an Insightful Recovery …Read More…

New Jersey Healthy Communities Network – 2016 Community Highlights

Five grantee communities—Bloomfield, Clifton, Montclair, Nutley and West Orange—are now part of the New Jersey Healthy Communities Network. The network has 43 grantee communities across the state supported by four funders in addition to Partners for Health. The Steering Committee believes communities learn best from their peers though face-to-face regional and statewide meetings, and that personalized …Read More…

Grand-Opening: KinderSmile Community Oral Health Center

  Ribbons were cut and doors opened on October 25th at KinderSmile Community Oral Health Center (KSCOHC), 10 Broad Street, Bloomfield. Suburban Essex Chamber of Commerce members, business leaders, dental and health care professionals as well as KinderSmile Foundation trustees, friends, and staff joyously celebrated the realization of a longtime goal–a Dental Home for underserved …Read More…

Partners for Health Foundation is launching the Third Annual Holiday Matching Grants program

1 IN 5 CHILDREN IN NJ IS FOOD INSECURE:  Make a Difference and DOUBLE Your Impact through Partners for Health Foundation’s Matching Grants Program   Partners for Health Foundation is launching the Third Annual Holiday Matching Grants program to benefit local soup kitchens, food pantries and organizations working to address the persistent issues of hunger and …Read More…

Oral Health in New Jersey: How to Build Stronger Teeth, Healthier Lives

On Wednesday, November 2nd, 2 p.m. NJ Spotlight hosted a webinar on Oral Health in New Jersey: How to Build Stronger Teeth, Healthier Lives. A growing body of research illustrates that dental care is critical not just to preserve a pretty smile; oral health is essential to good nutrition. Deteriorating teeth and gums can contribute …Read More…

Talking about Walking on Caucus: New Jersey with Steve Adubato

Steve Adubato and a panel of experts discuss “The Walking Movement” – the ways New Jersey towns and cities are making streets and neighborhoods safer places to walk. The panel reviews pedestrian and driver education, street improvements, and changes to traffic signals as viable strategies for improving pedestrian safety.   Panelists: Charles Brown – Senior …Watch Video…

Let’s Walk Group Meeting Schedule

By Liz Brady   I have been facilitating walks with the Let’s Walk Group in North Jersey for the past several years. I have met so many wonderful people, some who have continued to walk with me while others have continued to walk on their own or with new friends they met while walking with the …Read More…

HomeSharing Serving the Montclair Area

  The cost of living in New Jersey is one of the highest in the nation while incomes have become stagnant; therefore people struggling to make ends meet are open to considering creative options such as sharing their homes.  HomeSharing, Inc. began 31 years ago with the mission of creating these affordable housing solutions by …read more…

Earned Income Tax Credit Initiative

As New Jersey continues to struggle with a poor economy marked by high rates of unemployment, foreclosures, and an increasing cost of living, the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) remains a crucial lifeline for low-income families. By lifting families out of poverty and giving a boost to local economies, the EITC is a vital tax …read more…

Mobile Farm Stand Readied for Veggie Sales

By Montclair Community Farm Coalition Thanks to Professional Woodworkers Guild of Upper New Jersey, the Montclair Community Farm Coalition now has a mobile farm stand to take local produce from its farm sites to area seniors.  The Coalition operates two primary microfarm sites – one behind the HOMECorp building on Miller Street and one at …read more…

Eight ways to make an age-friendly community

By Katie York, PhD, MBA Project Director, Lifelong Montclair After attending a conference on age-friendly communities, I realized how far Lifelong Montclair has come but how far we still have to go.  Lifelong Montclair, a Partners for Health initiative in collaboration with the Township of Montclair, started two years ago under the moniker Aging in …read more…

Nursing Student Scholarships Support Healthier Communities

  The Independent College Fund of New Jersey (ICFNJ) has posted a new scholarship funded by Partners for Health.  Junior and senior nursing students attending Bloomfield College and Caldwell University can apply for this competitive scholarship through ICFNJ at http://www.njcolleges.org/icfnj-student-scholarship-information#Partners_for_Health. Five successful candidates will receive a $5,000 award toward the cost of attendance in 2016-17. …read more…

YOUNG VOICES: A Community Conversation

The subjects that teens explore when creating films provided a platform for a wonderful panel discussion about the concerns of local youth and how our community can provide a safety net to support them.  The event was held on Wednesday, May 4 and was presented by Partners for Health as part of the Montclair Film …read more…

Edgemont Park House – Open House & Ribbon Cutting

The Township of Montclair celebrated Older American’s Month with an open house and ribbon cutting to officially kick-off senior programs and activities at Edgemont Park House.  The event was held on Tuesday, May 3. Edgemont Park House has seen significant upgrades, new equipment and additional staff in anticipation of its opening as a space for …read more…

Making Healthy Choices Easier

By Matthew LaZaro In early March, my Package Design class at Montclair State University was given an assignment to design a label for a bag of popcorn, a healthy snack that would be distributed to major sponsors of the 2016 Montclair Film Festival.  The “client” was Partners for Health Foundation, which is co-presenting a panel …read more…