Using data to improve wellbeing in Camden Promise Neighborhoods

April 10, 2017
August 19, 2019
Translating local innovation into statewide policy: Lessons from a medications for addiction treatment (MAT) prior authorization pilot in Camden, New Jersey
In this brief, we outline our prior authorization pilot program and our work with partners to translate the pilot into successful statewide policy.
Natasha Dravid and Alex Staropoli
August 19, 2019
Camden residents identify barriers to health in their neighborhoods
Members of organizations that have participated in our Faith in Prevention program conducted a health assessment of their Camden neighborhoods.
Whitney Buchmann
Camden Coalition staff and Community Advisory Committee members participate at the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey’s Annual Legislative Day at New Jersey State House
July 18, 2019
Camden Coalition joins the call to fully fund the Affordable Housing Trust Fund
To help secure FY2020 funding for the Affordable Housing Trust Fund, CAC members took part in HCDNNJ's Annual Legislative Day at the NJ State House.
Whitney Buchmann
July 16, 2019
From siloed systems to ecosystem: The evolution of the Camden Coalition’s complex care model
In this four-part series, we describe the phases of our care model as we addressed challenges and tested new solutions.
Kathleen Noonan and Kelly Craig
July 15, 2019
Graduates of Interfaith Homeless Outreach Council program reflect on their fresh start
Now in its 28th year, the Interfaith Homeless Outreach Council — or IHOC — has transformed countless lives.
Bill Nice
Camden Coalition care team member helps patient fill medication box.
July 11, 2019
Bringing it home: The shift in where healthcare is delivered
In this blog post for JAMA Forum, Lauran Hardin and Diana Mason write about two new opportunities to incentivize innovative complex care models.
Lauran Hardin and Diana Mason

In late 2016, Camden’s Center for Family Services was announced as one of the Federal Promise Neighborhood awardees. The Promise Neighborhood initiative is based on Geoffrey Canada’s groudbreaking Harlem Children’s Zone model, which builds up social services around a community’s children and their families to ensure they have the support they need to succeed.

Like the Harlem Children’s Zone, the Camden Promise Neighborhood will be a comprehensive, “cradle to career” pipeline for children in five contiguous Camden neighborhoods. A five year, $30 million grant will bolster the capacity of social services within these neighborhoods to address social risk and social determinants of health.

A core principle of the program is using data to drive decisions and evaluate impact. That’s where the Camden Coalition comes in. With our Camden ARISE program, we have been working to integrate the city’s public data systems, including health, education, and social services data, to create a multidimensional picture of citywide challenges. The Camden Promise Neighborhood is an opportunity to apply our integrated data capabilities to help solve some of these challenges.

Through the Camden Promise Neighborhood initiative, we’re working on creating a comprehensive case management platform to screen and assess children and families, refer them to the right services, and track their engagement and progress. We will also be able to use our linked administrative data to evaluate the program’s long-term outcomes and the collective impact of the Promise Neighborhoods partnerships.

“Our clinical work has been focused on the outliers [of the health system], but we also need to have effective solutions in place to support kids and families,” said Aaron Truchil, Director of Strategy and Analytics at the Camden Coalition. He noted that the Camden Promise Neighborhood will work to protect the city’s children from the early life trauma that often underlies the health struggles of patients in our care management intervention, hopefully decreasing the likelihood that they become part of our high-need patient population at all. “This is a great opportunity for Camden ARISE to be involved in something so central to Camden.”

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