Community Planning Assistance Program: Call for Volunteers


Community Health Planning in Newark’s West Ward

The Chapter’s Community Planning Assistance Program is looking for volunteer planners to support a new project in Newark’s West Ward. Babyland Family Services is a not-for-profit, comprehensive family service organization providing programs and resources to families living in and around the lower West Ward of Newark, New Jersey. For more than forty-five years, Babyland has provided a wide array of social services, including one of the first domestic violence shelters in Essex County and a unique foster care program specializing in keeping siblings together. Today, Babyland provides high-quality, affordable childcare and family development programs, including a Family Success Center, parent education classes, supervised visitation for children in the child welfare system and a family violence intervention program. Babyland is now looking to build on its social service programs to address the growing healthcare disparities and substandard living conditions for families in their community.

Babyland’s community health strategy will focus on:

  • Improving access to health care for treatment of chronic and acute conditions, most prevalent in the community, such as asthma, and diabetes, heart disease.
  • Increase the community’s awareness of the importance of preventative health care management.
  • Connect families with social service supports that can reduce the harmful effects on family health.

Babyland is eager to partner with the Community Planning Assistance Program (CPAP) to:

  • Conduct a needs assessment by collecting from existing sources, and analyzing data on the most pressing health issues facing residents, including health disparities, access to care, insurance coverage and other social determinants that impact health outcomes
  • Co-facilitate meetings with West Ward community-based organizations, namely the Urban League of Essex County and United Vailsburg Service Organization, to identify opportunities for collaboration and areas of need.

CPAP is seeking volunteers with the following skills and experience:

  • Interest in, or knowledge of, the health issues and disparities facing low income urban neighborhoods in New Jersey.
  • Experience compiling, analyzing, and explaining data from a variety of existing sources.
  • Experience organizing and facilitating outreach meetings with various stakeholders.

Please contact Tom Schulze at to volunteer, seek more information, or ask any questions.