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Trenton Health Team awarded grant by The Nicholson Foundation to advance community health through advocacy and strategic planning

Trenton Health Team (THT) was awarded $286,019 by The Nicholson Foundation last month to develop a strategic, communications, and advocacy plan that creates broad base support among Trenton residents for policies and projects that address social determinants and build a culture of health.

The grant provides support for four areas of organizational development to be designed and implemented over the next year: 1) articulating THT’s core purpose and strategy for achieving transformative change and sustainability, 2) developing and implementing a communication plan to increase awareness and engagement among residents and across sectors in the community, 3) facilitating ongoing learning throughout the community through THT’s Community Advisory Board (CAB), and 4) shaping and advancing a policy agenda for the community within the context of the national, state level, and local healthcare debate, and including a particular focus on the issue of oral healthcare in Trenton.

“We are pleased to have the support of The Nicholson Foundation as we move into our next phase of organizational development,” said Gregory Paulson, Executive Director of THT. “The Nicholson Foundation’s investment in our work has been vital for our accomplishments to-date and this opportunity allows us to build on past successes to improve health outcomes for Trenton residents through broad-based partnerships across sectors.”

“The Nicholson Foundation has supported the development and growth of Trenton Health Team for several years,” said Arturo Brito, Executive Director of The Nicholson Foundation. “This new project will build on their previous work to help the community come together to improve the health of Trenton’s most vulnerable residents.”

The grant allows THT to expand their staff to further meet the needs of the Trenton community, especially in advancing a policy agenda focused on population health.

“I am excited to be a part of the team” said Emily Baggett, Senior Director of Policy and Strategy at THT, “Our goal for this project is to clearly articulate our guiding principles so that we can elevate the good work our partners are doing in the Trenton community while connecting residents with the resources they need to lead healthier lives.”