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ENGAGE
Evaluating Integrated Care for Veterans
WRI is partnering with Cooper University Health Care as the evaluator on its Integrative Health Care for Veterans, Military, and First Responders Program. Established through a grant by the NJ Department of Health, this program expands the quality of care provided to members of the military through HeroCare ConnectTM― a partnership with Deborah Heart and Lung Center― to better serve active duty military, veterans, and family members of any current or former military members across southern New Jersey. The program focuses on the integration of care between primary care, behavioral health, palliative and hospice care through priority access to care and navigation of services.  As the evaluator, WRI will be working closely with program staff, participants and stakeholders to collect a comprehensive assessment of progress against program goals related to timely care access and navigation, patient placement, community education and outreach, as well as outline its impact on social determinants of health. This data will provide critical information for improving program outcomes. The evaluation is expected to conclude in early Spring of 2020. Learn more.
RESEARCH
The South Jersey Workforce Access Project
WRI is embarking on a research project called SEEKING WORK: The South Jersey Workforce Access Project. It will have both regional and local impact for our residents and employers, as we seek to identify and help break down the barriers to finding and maintaining employment in South Jersey. Through this research we will glean a rich understanding of the complex challenges individuals face when entering (or re-entering) the workforce, including those individuals who are disconnected, and provide an actionable report of the barriers to successful employment that both employers and employees face.  From this data, we can begin to formulate a basis for strategic conversations and solutions for employment needs and labor challenges. At a policy level, this information is critical, and needed for South Jersey. Join this effort.
ENGAGE
The Art of Combating Illegal Dumping 
Last January, Bloomberg Philanthropies announced that Camden, New Jersey was named a Bloomberg Philanthropies 2018 Public Art Challenge; receiving $1 million in funding a public art project that will transform sites plagued by illegal dumping along major transit corridors into dynamic art spaces, inspiring residents and attracting visitors. The goal of a "A New View" is to encourage residents to combat illegal dumping of household and or industrial waste through education efforts and public-private partnerships, including art installations and creative programming at several sites along Camden’s rail, road, and bike routes. As part of this effort by Coopers Ferry Partnership and Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts, WRI serves as the local evaluator; collecting quantitative and qualitative data to show the project’s impact on illegal dumping, as well as civic pride, community development, government collaboration, and public-private partnerships.

Just this week, the project announced the art finalists that will participate and create in the city of Camden. Meet the artists.
POLICY
Turning Toward Electric
The 2020 lame-duck session of the New Jersey Legislature included many important issues for New Jerseyans, including the Electric Vehicle Bill (S2252/A4819), sponsored by Senator Bob Smith (D) and Senator Linda Greenstein (D). It was passed 27-12 in the Senate and 65-9 in the Assembly. And on January 17, Gov. Phil Murphy signed the bill into law. It's a big step towards clean energy and reducing emissions from the transportation sector, the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions (42 percent) contributing to global warming. According to its sponsors, implementing this bill will contribute significantly to the State’s air pollution and energy goals by 2025. Learn more about this bill.
In December, the power of partnership brought coalition members from across the state together for a Youth Prevention Summit hosted by the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General Department of Law & Public Safety. Strategies, best practices, and ideas to support our youth and strengthen our communities were discussed as part of ongoing efforts to reduce juvenile delinquency through community-based prevention initiatives.
EVENTS
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.
 

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