Below are four examples of past technical assistance and training events involving Together North Jersey.  The Health in All Policies (HIAP) Workshop on March 18, 2013 at Rutgers University introduced the concept of HIAP and provided approaches and tools to undertake an HIAP approach toward “non-health” decision making.  The Symposium on Planning Healthy Sustainable Communities was held at the Heldrich Hotel in New Brunswick on April 26-27, 2012.  The third event was the Community Leadership Institute, held at the Marriott in Trenton on September 27 -28, 2012 and the last event was the “Bridging the Gap” workshop, held at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University on January 17th, 2013.

Health in All Policies (HIAP) Workshop

The Health in All Policies (HIAP) Workshop was hosted by Together North Jersey at the Cook Campus Center at Rutgers University on March 18, 2013.   HIAP is an approach to policy development that includes consideration of health aspects into “non-health” policy areas such as transportation, housing, environment, energy and economic development.  This workshop was developed in partnership with state and federal agencies and served as an important educational opportunity for local health officers in New Jersey.

The focus of the workshop was on:

  • Introducing the concepts of HIAP and the value of taking an HIAP approach,
  • Inspiring future adoption of an HIAP approach in decision making through a better understanding of the value of HIAP,
  • Empowering recognition of HIAP as an important approach that is attainable through examples and case studies of successful HIAP efforts in areas such as housing, land use, transportation, energy, etc.
  • Building capacity to apply tangible HIPA approaches to daily decision making.

In addition to the speakers and panel discussions,  there was an interactive session in the afternoon designed to help participants learn specific techniques, approaches and methods to incorporate health outcomes into built environment decision-making and land use planning.

More information and full presentations given at the HIAP Workshop are available here.

Symposium on Planning Healthy Sustainable Communities

The Symposium on Planning Healthy Sustainable Communities was hosted by the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University between April 26th and 27th 2012. This symposium showcased the research and policy development initiatives undertaken by TOGETHER NORTH JERSEY Project Team members as well as Bloustein School faculty, staff, students, and alumni in the area of sustainability planning and policy. Presentations were given over the course of two days at the Heldrich Hotel in New Brunswick.

The following are examples of the types of lectures and workshops that were given at the symposium:

  • Designing Active, Healthy Sustainable Communities
  • New Jersey’s State Strategic Plan: Understanding our Industry Clusters and Infrastructure
  • Strengthening Public Health and Livability in Communities with Disproportionate Environmental Burdens
  • Sustainable Transit Oriented Development in NJ’s Urban Core: Case Studies from Harrison and the Oranges

In addition to the lectures there was also a poster session that allowed Symposium participants to browse research and projects not covered as part of the podium sessions and interact one-on-one with the sponsoring researchers.  The posters included research undertaken by TOGETHER NORTH JERSEY Project Team members as well as the various research centers, institutes, faculty, and students at the Bloustein School.

Full presentations given at the Symposium are available to download here.

The Community Leadership Institute 

The Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey (HCDN-NJ), in partnership with New Jersey Community Capital and the New Jersey Urban Mayors Association, held their second annual Community Leadership Institute between September 27th and 28th of 2012. Municipal staff and officials from 17 cities and towns within the TOGETHER NORTH JERSEY target area, as well as staff from 15 community development organizations attended the institute. This event addressed strategies for vacant and problem properties, including options for turning vacant spaces into vibrant places that revitalize communities.

The two day event offered peer sharing sessions, presentations by local and national experts and time for individual municipalities to refine their local strategies with on-hand experts. This event offered concrete tools and solutions that participants can immediately put to use in their communities.

The Community Leadership Institute offered a variety of workshops and lectures, all of which offered great opportunities for peer learning among the attendees.  Workshop topics included, setting up a property inventory and management system, building a strategic code enforcement system, and successfully managing a public property inventory. In addition, a series of lectures was offered on topics such as, “pursuing legislative solutions to reclaim problem properties” and “turning vacant spaces into vibrant places.” .

HCDN-NJ also offers municipal and county staff customized technical assistance. Many municipalities have engaged NCDN-NJ for this purpose, including Paterson, the City of Orange, Asbury Park, and Jersey City.  To these recipients, HCDN-NJ is providing assistance on topics relating to addressing abandoned properties, code enforcement, and the spot blight eminent domain process.

For additional information on the technical assistance available to municipalities please visit the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey website at or contact Arnold Cohen at

Bridging the Gap: How Planners and Communities Can Work Together

On January 17th, 2013, the Edward J. Boustein School of Planning and Public Policy hosted the “Bridging the Gap” workshop. The purpose of this workshop was to “bridge the gap” between planners and community based organizations and to promote awareness of APA-NJ’s Community Planning Assistance Program.  The workshop provided a platform for community based organizations to better understand the role of city and regional planners in community development, and acquire access to information that can help them become strong and sustainable entities within their mission area.  The workshop also gave planners an opportunity to learn more about CBOs, what they do, and their planning needs.  The workshop was co-sponsored by the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University, Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey, New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association and TOGETHER NORTH JERSEY.

The event flyer is available for download HERE.