ACNJ out in the community

Posted on October 10, 2017

In September, several staff members participated in events across the state, highlighting the state of children in local communities in Newark and Mercer County.

Believe in a Healthy Newark

On September 28th, ACNJ staff participated in the Newark Culture of Health Conference, which brought together hundreds of community leaders, educators, health experts and practitioners to discuss the impact of social and neighborhood effects on community health. ACNJ serves on the Steering Committee for the Believe in a Healthy Newark initiative, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, to promote a culture of health in Newark. President and CEO Cecilia Zalkind sat on a panel with John Mooney, CEO of New Jersey Spotlight on how to data drives public awareness, while Policy Counsel Peter Chen discussed the importance of investing in lead poisoning prevention.


Princeton Area Community Foundation


On September 26th, Kids Count Coordinator Alana Vega presented findings from the 2017 Kids Count county data on the well-being of children in Mercer County for the Council of New Jersey Grant Makers.




Held at the Princeton Area Community Foundation, ACNJ President and CEO Cecilia Zalkind provided policy implications and context for the data. The discussion covered topics such as infant and child health, child care, school breakfast and chronic absenteeism.

Download Mercer County Kids Count data powerpoint