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Review and Analysis: Resilient Communities Grantmaking Portfolio (2020-2022)

July 27, 2023

The Sozosei Foundation launched its Resilient Communities Program (RCP) in the summer of 2020 at the request of Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc. (OAPI), with the intent of evolving the company's longstanding commitment to philanthropy. The goal of the program was to refine the company's philanthropic commitment by designing guidelines and priorities to support diverse, under-resourced communities where the company has a presence. Over the two years of its grantmaking, the program provided over $1 million in grants and served over 177,000 people across six target communities.

Collaborative Outcomes from the Youth Justice and Employment Community of Practice

October 18, 2022

Established in mid-2021, the Youth Justice and Employment Community of Practice (CoP) is a partnership of the Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF), the National Youth Employment Coalition (NYEC), and Pretrial Justice Institute (PJI) formed to improve outcomes for youth with justice involvement by increasing collaboration among local workforce and juvenile justice systems. The CoP began during the middle of COVID-19 at a time when counterparts in each jurisdiction were seeking to reestablish pandemic-disrupted communication and collaboration. CoP participants met monthly to share knowledge and expertise on topics of importance to both systems. Based on work from the CoP, participating cities and counties produced notable improvements in building relationships, expanding partnerships, and promoting investments that benefit justice-involved young people in their communities. This report documents successes and offers recommendations for others seeking to improve outcomes for these young people.

Developing Targeted Interventions to Advance Maternal Health in a Geographic Medicaid Accountable Care Organization: Lessons From the Implementation of Camden Delivers

January 18, 2017

Through the design and launch of Camden Delivers the Coalition developed targeted interventions within an ACO infrastructure to advance maternal health in a Medicaid-covered population. Key insights from this process include the need to:* Utilize data to understand community need and design interventions around that need* Establish a population health surveillance system to produce actionable data to intervene with a complex population* Institute a tiered intervention system targeted to identified need, and* Leverage and coordinate across existing resources in the community to reduce duplication.Going forward, with the infrastructure developed by the Coalition to collect and review health data, along with the intricate web of community partners and resources, the next step in this program is to enhance feedback loops between partners and to help navigate patients seamlessly between partners during the highly fragmented experience of managing a pregnancy and healthcare during the interconception period. A formal network of communication between patients, case workers, care managers, providers and community resources through more sophisticated use of data and convening will allow us to support vulnerable patients in an even more effective manner. The Coalition looks forward to playing this convener role and working across groups to the end of better care management services and improved health for women of maternal age in Camden.

Cultivating Camden: The City's Food Economy Strategy

December 22, 2015

The food system is an important part of the economy; food manufacturing can provide much needed low- and moderate-skill jobs; local food production, preparation, and distribution offer entrepreneurial opportunities; and agricultural products are among the nation's strongest and largest exports. This publication analyzes Camden's current food economy and makes a number of recommendations to improve food access and increase economic opportunities for Camden City residents through food-related economic development. The strategy combines current innovative projects with recommendations for future investments, programs, and policies. It is structured around four broad groups of implementers: Institutions, Government, Community Organizations, and Economic Development Organizations.

Community Stabilization Case Studies: Showcasing Innovative Strategies in the NeighborWorks America Network

August 1, 2012

This report highlights the work of eight organizations, members of the NeighborWorks® America network, that are using innovative and promising strategies to accomplish community stabilization goals. All demonstrate success in using a patchwork of local, state and federal resources. These case studies demonstrate that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to community stabilization. However, reliable funding, strong partnerships and deliberate community engagement prove to be essential components of success. Their responses have been shaped by a range of factors, including the strengths and the experience of their individual organizations, the condition of local housing markets, the presence of community assets on which to build and the dictates of available funding sources.

Delaware Valley Truck Parking Study

April 1, 2011

The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission's (DVRPC's) Regional Truck Parking Study was undertaken due to the important economic, environmental, and safety implications of a sufficient regional truck parking network. Truck drivers must work within the bounds of the federally mandated hours-of-service (HOS) rules and regulations. The combination of limited hours of driving, complex supply chains, and narrow delivery windows leads to a need for safe and secure overnight parking.Truck parking is usually provided by three different types of facilities: privately owned truck stops, service plazas, and welcome centers. This report contains details about each type of facility in the Delaware Valley region, including the amenities offered to drivers, the number of spaces, and proximity to other facilities. At present, the region possesses a total of 1,122 spaces, 879 of which are located at privately owned truck stops.The report estimates parking demand using two different methods. Overnight site visits were done to determine the utilization of authorized facilities and the location and utilization of unauthorized parking locations. The region's authorized facilities were found to be operating over capacity by 134 trucks during the site visits, with the Valley Forge and Woodrow Wilson Service Plazas accounting for 91 of those surplus trucks. Additional unauthorized parking was found on highway shoulders, around toll plazas, and in local industrial areas. Truck parking demand was also determined by adopting the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Truck Parking Demand Model to the region. The model determined that the region had a shortfall of 247 spaces in 2009.Finally, the report offers a set of multi-regional and regional actions intended to improve the regional truck parking network:Action 1: Fully utilize available public funding that directly supports the creation of additional overnight truck parking spacesAction 2: Advance the use of the latest Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) technologies to optimize existing parking locationsAction 3: Reduce emissions that are caused by idling parked trucks Throughout the report, blue call-out boxes will be presented; they contain related information and interesting anecdotes pertinent to the topic under discussion.Action 4: Promote the need for additional truck parking spaces and amenities to both DVRPC partners and the publicAction 5: Improve access to existing truck parking facilitiesAction 6: Maintain existing facilities and create additional regional capacity where possibleAs with all work from DVRPC's Office of Freight Planning, this report was made possible by the continued support of the Delaware Valley Goods Movement Task Force.

Toward Growth and Equality: A Framework for Monitoring Outcomes for Residents and Housing Markets in Camden and the South Jersey Region

April 27, 2009

This paper offers a framework for tracking the extent to which demographic, labor, and housing market conditions are moving in or out of alignment with a range of goals for redevelopment in Camden, New Jersey.

The Double Bind of Redevelopment: Camden During Receivership

April 27, 2009

This working paper finds that successful redevelopment efforts in Camden, New Jersey, under state receivership were able to build on groups' existing capacities and their past work in neighborhoods, were marked by more effective participatory dynamics and the limited use of eminent domain, and benefited from good relationships with the State of New Jersey and with private-sector partners. It concludes that attempts to build public capacity to revitalize cities may need to be complemented by efforts to build civic capacity, or the ability to solve problems in coordination with major partners.

Whatever it Takes: How Twelve Communities are Reconnecting Out-of-School Youth

July 1, 2006

Whatever It Takes: How Twelve Communities Are Reconnecting Out-Of-School Youth documents what committed educators, policymakers, and community leaders across the country are doing to reconnect out-of-school youth to the social and economic mainstream. It provides background on the serious high school dropout problem and describes in-depth what twelve communities are doing to reconnect dropouts to education and employment training. It also includes descriptions of major national program models serving out-of-school youth.

Philadelphia and Camden Cultural Participation Benchmark Project

June 1, 2005

Examines the current state of cultural participation in North Philadelphia and Camden, and available options for expansion. Includes the results of a focus group study, a neighborhood resident survey, and small-area estimates of cultural participation.

Challenge in Camden's Social Service Delivery System

July 1, 2002

Assesses individual services in Camden, New Jersey, including child care, child welfare, mental health, and workforce development. Examines funding, planning, and delivery of services; resident and neighborhood group involvement; and community needs.

Camden and Its Region: Economic Structure and Trends in the 1990s

August 1, 2001

Analyzes economic trends in Camden's immediate region, compared to the remaining counties of southern New Jersey, and Philadelphia. Includes changes in employment levels for specific industries, and areas of future growth in the regional economy.