Grantee Blog 2020

It’s the not the destination, It’s the journey…

As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, It’s the not the Destination, It’s the journey.”…this could not be any more accurate, especially when it comes to this year, and the 2020-2021 New Jersey Healthy Community Network Grant Program.


“A day late and a dollar short” is another saying that somewhat applies here, but being a day late with this blog does not mean that we are coming up short!  We were prepared to post our blog yesterday, but after participating in our Regional Cohort meeting, we decided we needed to go in different direction.


Yesterday’s Cohort meeting was informative, encouraging and comforting.  It was so impressive to hear about the new and/or redirected “journey” everyone has had to take over the past six months due to COVID.  So many projects were either put on hold or reworked to accommodate the immense public need during this challenging, unsettling, and unprecedented global health crisis.


Ironically, many of us thought that we were way behind in our projects, but our Cohort leaders assured us that we were just where we should be, in light of all that has transpired since early March.  Taking care of our communities became priority and everyone rose to the occasion, and in some cases beyond, in whatever way possible.


We at the Nutley Health Department are honored and grateful to be a member of the New Jersey Healthy Community Grant Program, and applaud all the participating communities and organizations for their efforts, creativity, adaptability and pure determination to ensure that their communities were taken care of while not losing site of the task at hand.


The world truly is a better place with each and every one of these people in it, tirelessly working to make a difference…


“And I think to myself, What a Wonderful World…”

About the Grantee

Township of Nutley Health Department

The functions of the Department of Health, within the Department of Public Affairs, are to protect, preserve, and promote public health. Its services include public health nursing, governance over private elementary school nurses, environmental health, mental health, health education and vital statistics.