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Making Connections with Data

Just a few weeks ago, we presented a critical finding for our South Jersey region: loneliness and transportation are significant barriers to public health. In some circles, a lack of transportation has long been identified as a challenge (and employment hurdle) for our most vulnerable residents, but now, according to our research, it is also a public health issue. Our most surprising finding however, was the importance of social connection as it relates to health, especially among our older and younger generations. It has garnered considerable media attention and provoked some interesting discussion about the need for additional research and long-term interventions. Read more about the findings and methods behind our research in the article below.

Also this month, we hosted a panel discussion on mental health in Burlington and highlighted our prevention work in Cumberland in the latest issue of Rutgers Camden Magazine. View the issue and more in the links below. 

Darren Spielman
Executive Director
Sarah Allred
Faculty Director
Loneliness and Transportation are Barriers to Health
Following more than 18 months of data collection and analysis from two comprehensive community health needs assessments commissioned by five hospital networks in collaboration with health departments across five South Jersey counties, WRI researchers released a report detailing an important finding about health in South Jersey: residents’ physical and mental health are surprisingly strongly predicted by their connections to the people and places surrounding them. Read the report.
Rutgers Camden Magazine Features WRI
Fresh off the press earlier this month, the Rutgers Camden Magazine showcases a series of inspiring stories of Rutgers faculty, students, staff, and alumni making an impact in South Jersey. The work of the Cumberland County Positive Youth Development Coalition (to which WRI serves as the backbone organization) is featured, along with a spotlight on WRI. View the full issue.

From left, Darrell Anderson, a mentor in the Millville Police Athletic League; Millville Police Sgt. Richard Kott; and Tracy Swan-Grova GSC’05, ’09, a Rand Institute senior project administrator.
Discussing Mental Health Among Youth  
A discussion on mental health among Burlington youth was the focus of a recent panel presented by the Burlington County Partnership for Youth Success (BCPYS). The event brought attention to the mental health needs of the African American community, and increased awareness of cultural barriers that exist for African American youth, over-diagnosis, and the connection between mental health and incarceration. The panel also shared resources and services that are available for youth and educated attendees on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the inter-generational stigmas regarding mental health. Read more.
Business and community leaders from across the region gathered at Adelphia Restaurant in late September for the second REsolve South Jersey Housing Conference 2019. Above, WRI Executive Director Darren Spielman speaks during the event. WRI is proud to be a part of this public-private partnership taking aim at the distressed housing market in South Jersey and finding ways to transform those properties into homes for working families. View the photos.
SAVE THE DATE for the 19th Annual Walter & Leah Rand Awards and Scholarship Dinner set for April 30, 2020 at The Merion in Cinnaminson. The year 2020 marks the 20th anniversary of WRI and plenty of celebratory activities are planned. Mark your calendars now!
On Saturday, Nov. 2 from noon-3 p.m., the Know Your Rights Summit will share important legal information that you need to know! Stop by the Rutgers Law School Bridge to learn more and enjoy free food, DJ, prizes, and more! Share this event.
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