Community Health Collaborative


Novo Nordisk Inc., a global leader in diabetes care, is making a three- to five-year investment of up to $2.5 million in the health of Trenton’s children and families.  Novo Nordisk conceived the Community Health Collaborative™, which is supporting efforts aimed at cultivating healthy lifestyles among grade school children, including healthy food choices and physical activity, along with educational programming for their parents.

Focusing on in-school and afterschool programming, plus district-wide wellness policies and their implementation, the Collaborative supports the work of its member organizations in two areas:

  • Preventing early onset of type 2 diabetes
  • Increasing the proportion of children at a healthy weight.

Programs are being funded within four main pillars:

  1. Empower parents and caregivers
  2. Provide healthy food in schools
  3. Improve access to healthy, affordable foods
  4. Increase physical activity

Grantee partners of the Community Health Collaborative

  • George Street Playhouse
  • GoNoodle
  • Isles, Inc.
  • The Boys & Girls Club of Mercer County
  • The College of New Jersey
  • The Food Trust
  • Trenton Health Team
  • Wellness in the Schools (WITS)
  • YMCA State Alliance
  • YMCA of Trenton

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In collaboration with the Trenton Board of Education, grantees are working jointly on in-school and afterschool programming at four target elementary schools. These schools are:

  1. Robbins
  2. Jefferson
  3. Columbus
  4. Martin Luther King

Trenton’s rates of type 2 diabetes in older children and pre-teens continue to rise, in contrast with the typical diagnosis range between ages 40-65.  The Board of Education’s support of this innovative program has the potential to help Trenton’s children avoid a lifetime of health complications and decreased quality of life from diabetes. Together we can educate, energize and motivate a healthier Trenton!

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