New Jersey Health Initiatives: Collaborating for Community Needs Assessment -- St. Francis Medical Center Foundation

The Foundation's program, New Jersey Health Initiatives, was designed to support projects in New Jersey that develop new approaches to resolving the state's health care needs, focusing on the Foundation's goal areas.St. Francis Medical Center Foundation (SFMCF) has received a Foundation grant to forge collaboration among community health care providers and Trenton residents and develop the Trenton Community Health Needs Assessment (TCHNA) through a defined six-phase process. SFMCF will partner with the Trenton Health Team, Inc. (THT), an alliance between the City of Trenton, in conjunction with all three of the city's hospitals and Trenton's only Federally Qualified Health Center, PICO and the City of Trenton to engage the Trenton community in the TCHNA and ultimately adopt a public covenant for a healthier Trenton. The project will encompass the six zip codes of Trenton, New Jersey. SFMCF is legally incorporated in the State of New Jersey as a 501(c) (3) charitable organization and was established to support the mission SFMCF. SFMCF plans a systematic, six-phase approach to completing the TCHNA. Phase 1: Convene Community Partners form a Community Advisory Board (CAB). Phase 2: Merge data related to poverty, homelessness, mental health, substance abuse, risk factors, access, service gaps, environment, morbidity and mortality. SFMCF will analyze data at the zip code level, collate and link to health care utilization data. Phase 3: CAB will review data summary and draft community health needs priorities for validation by community. Phase 4: PICO will lead effort to engage the community through forums and interviews--possibly resulting in re-prioritization of community health needs. Phase 5: Community residents join SFMCF, THT, CAB and PICO in public adoption of a "Covenant for a Healthier Trenton." Phase 6: Formal TCHNA document is created and supported by the Covenant for a Healthier Trenton. Community forums are reconvened to enhance engagement.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $250,000.00

Awarded on: 11/4/2011

Time frame: 11/1/2011 - 10/31/2013

Grant Number: 69526


St. Francis Medical Center Foundation Inc.

601 Hamilton Avenue
Trenton, 08629-1915


Ruth Earlene Perry
Project Director


Christy Stephenson
Project Director