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Trenton Health Team Selected As One Of 10 Groups Nationwide To Test New Public Health Guidelines

By: Jenna Pizzi – Times of Trenton

Dr. Ruth Perry

Dr. Ruth Perry, Executive Director of Trenton Health Team, is pictured in this 2013 file photo. (Martin Griff / The Times of Trenton)

TRENTON – The Trenton Health Team has been chosen as one of 10 groups nationwide selected to field test a new guide to population health, officials announced Thursday.

The National Quality Forum has asked the health team and other public health groups in Colorado, Oklahoma, New York, Washington, West Virginia, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio and Illinois to use suggested strategies as a way to impact health outcomes and overall well being in their communities.

The goals include addressing issues like obesity, diabetes and hypertension.

“They realized that it is important for communities to begin thinking about population health,” said Dr. Ruth Perry, director of the Trenton Health Team. “No one individual or organization can solve all of the health related problems of a community.”

She said the recommended strategies from the Action Guide 1.0 crafted by the NQF are similar to those already in place by the health team.

“It has actually been validating a lot of the work that we are already doing,” Perry said. She pointed to the Community Health Needs Assessment the health team completed last year and the community advisory board from different organizations that works with them regularly.

One thing that is suggested that the health team does not already have in place is an asset map of different resources in the community.

About the Trenton Health Team
Trenton Health Team (THT) is an alliance of the city’s major providers of healthcare services including Capital Health, St. Francis Medical Center, Henry J. Austin Health Center and the city’s Health Department. In collaboration with residents and the city’s active social services network, THT is developing an integrated healthcare delivery system to transform the city’s fragmented primary care system and restore health to the city. THT aims to make Trenton the healthiest city in the state. Support for the Trenton Health Team was provided in part by a grant from The Nicholson Foundation. For more information, visit