Get Healthy Camden History
In 2008, the New Jersey YMCA State Alliance was designated to lead the State Program Office for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s New Jersey childhood obesity prevention program, New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids. The 4-year initiative focused on building and strengthening childhood obesity prevention activities in Trenton, Camden, Newark, Vineland and New Brunswick. As the State Program Office for the NJ Partnership for Healthy Kids (NJPHK), the YMCA helped develop community coalitions that led efforts to change public policies and local environments to create healthier communities in New Jersey. The initial strategy focused on approaches for improving nutrition and increasing opportunities for physical activity.
In Camden, New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids-Camden (NJPHK-C) was led by YMCA of Burlington & Camden Counties and United Way of Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey from 2009 until 2016.
NJPHK-C was transferred to Cooper’s Ferry Partnership to include the staff and funding. NJPHK-C was also rebranded to Get Healthy Camden and a strategic planning process was conducted to redefine the mission, goals and objectives.