South Ward Promise Neighborhood Health Anchor Partner

Targeted Neighborhood Approach

In December of 2017, the U.S. Department of Education awarded the South Ward Promise Neighborhood (SWPN) a five-year $30 million Promise Neighborhood Initiative grant. As one of two Promise Neighborhood Initiatives in New Jersey, SWPN works to ensure that all youth in the South Ward of Newark have access to great schools and strong systems of family and community support that will prepare them to attain an excellent education and successfully transition to college and career. SWPN partners with a network of stakeholders who lead anchor strategies in the focus areas of Maternal Childhood Wellness, Early Childhood, K-12 Scholar, Opportunity Youth, Health, Housing, Family Supports, and College and Career Power Development partners. SWPN selected GNHCC as its health anchor partner for the South Ward Promise Neighborhood Initiative.
In its role as Health Anchor Partner, GNHCC researches evidence-based and promising practices, collects, analyzes and disseminates data, convenes a Collaborative Action Network of advisors on a quarterly basis, and supports the design and implementation of agreed upon strategies to improve health and well-being. This current work is organized around four objectives: (1) data sharing and analysis; (2) optimizing insurance coverage; (3) appropriate healthcare utilization; and (4) understanding behavioral health in Newark.