Grantee Blog 2020

Community Change Coming Soon

The Englewood Health Department received the Community Needs Assessment report completed by our consultant, Karen Lowrie, from the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University, which provided recommendations for improved, sustained and more equitable health outcomes. The report supported the information collected in all three phases (key informant interviews, focus groups and surveys) of the study. The recommendations for top consideration are a Community Center, Healthy Living Programs, Sustainable Partnerships for Programs, and a Citywide Committee on Health and Well-Being.

The Englewood Health Educator, Health Officer and the Englewood Board of Health met to discuss the solutions that are possible options for the needs of the City of Englewood. The solutions mirror the resident’s survey about health needs, interest in various health programming and delivery methods. Residents reported fitness and exercise to be the top health challenge and the program they are most interested in attending. We are currently working on new solutions such as extending our annual spring walking program, redoing the pavement in the walking path at Mackay Park, updating exercise equipment in Mackay Park or expanding the Bergen Family Center Teen Center.

The Englewood Health Department has also been conducting COVID-19 vaccine clinics. We have been able to vaccinate 495 individuals since February 2021. We are also planning our annual walking program to begin in June. It will be a four week program meeting twice a week to increase physical activity among residents.

About the Grantee

City of Englewood Health Department

The mission of the Englewood Health Department is to protect and enhance the health of the people in Englewood. The Department accomplishes this mission by creating viable partnerships with organizations in the community and individuals, promoting healthy lifestyles and responding to critical health issues and disasters.