Several local Plainfield service providers and community organizations gathered today at the Plainfield Library to participate in Healthy Plainfield’s launch of Union Connects “Aunt Bertha”, an online platform that connects providers with the community. Aunt Bertha has recently been launched in 4 NJ counties: Mercer, Hunterdon, and Cumberland and Union counties.

Aunt Bertha features tools to connect the right people to the right organization. Providers use the platform to track and refer clients to the appropriate service with the ability to measure program outcomes from data analytics. With over 150 program information tabs, from Healthcare, Housing or Education to name a few, residents can search for programs and information using zip code or key words and link to local resources. Aunt Bertha also has its language capabilities through the use of Google Translator allowing service provider information to be viewed in numerous languages.

Adam Beder from JFK Hackensack Meridian stated, “The overall goal is to share tools to help organizations do their jobs.  The Healthy Plainfield Initiative brings stakeholders together in the City to collaborate thru better access to social services and programs, better education and better health.”

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Adrian Diogo from the NJ Quality Institute provided the online demonstration. Additional on-going training resources will be made available to organizations to use and implement the tool.

Healthy Plainfield recently merged with the Lifelong Plainfield Initiative which primarily focused on the health of older Plainfield residents, and will allow a greater reach and impact on the community.  The core team has been working over the past 2 years to collaborate and roll out the initiative. One of the many program accomplishments to date include promoting healthy behaviors through increased access to fresh food – over 1,000 households have received fresh food and fruit through a number of collaborations with faith-based organizations and food pantries in Plainfield.

Healthy Plainfield core leadership team includes the City of Plainfield Health Department, JFK Hackensack Meridian, United Way, Neighborhood Health Services, New Covenant Church, and the Plainfield Advisory Council on Hispanic Affairs and the Plainfield City School District.

For more information on Healthy Plainfield programs, please visit the website at or call (908)353-7171