In December of 2017, the U.S. Department of Education awarded the South Ward Children’s Alliance (SWCA) a five-year $30 million Promise Neighborhood Initiative grant. As one of two Promise Neighborhood Initiatives in New Jersey, SWCA 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. SWCA partners with a network of stakeholders who lead anchor strategies in the focus areas of Early Childhood, Elementary/Middle School, High School, Opportunity Youth, Health, Housing, Family Supports, and College and Career partners. SWCA 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 work is organized around four goals: (1) optimize early childhood development by ensuring children age birth through four have a medical home; (2) improve the management of chronic conditions, such as asthma; (3) promote positive health behaviors such as nutrition and physical activity; and (4) adopt trauma-informed approaches to health and well-being.