Since New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids-Camden (NJPHK-C) became a presence in the Camden community, significant progress has been made in the partnership’s efforts to focus on policy and environmental change to reverse the rate of childhood obesity:
These achievements are a tribute to the NJPHK-C coalition: Campbell Soup Company, the Food Trust, United Way of Greater Philadelphia & Southern NJ, and the YMCA of Burlington & Camden Counties. Together, these organizations along with other non-profit partners, community members, government officials and educators have risen to the challenge of making Camden a healthy community in which to live, learn and play.
Going forward, NJPHK-C and its partners will adopt a new model that offers even greater potential for impact. The model will address and focus on:
The new model follows the principles of “Collective Impact” and embraces a new way of collaborating based on five conditions. Research shows that together these conditions can produce true alignment and lead to powerful results. The five conditions and the way in which they will influence the partnership’s operating methods are as follows:
The charter now is to build the backbone organization. United Way of Greater Philadelphia & Southern NJ, and the YMCA of Burlington & Camden Counties are working together on this. The New Jersey Office of Faith-Based Initiatives awarded the collective an $80,000 Social Innovation grant and Campbell’s put up the 50% required match of $40,000. So with $120,000 to build the infrastructure, the partners are on their way.
All the partners feel confident that working within this collective impact model will enable them to be more mindful and more strategic. They also are making a strong effort to bring more people to the table, particularly expanding healthcare and business partners, so they can expand capacity.
This is an exciting time for Camden as the partnership explores the power and impact that collective leadership can bring to the city and its residents.SHARE: