The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services details its overall statewide emergency response strategy in a booklet, Responding to NJ Public Health Emergencies.  [LINK TO Responding to NJ Public Health Emergencies.pdf]

The NJDHSS Exercise Support Team discusses best practices and lessons learned in its 2009 Activity Summary for Emergency Preparedness Exercises and Events. [LINK TO Emergency Preparedness 2009 Annual Report.pdf

NACCHO July 2015 Report related to PHEP Funding – Impact of Public Health Emergency Preparedness Funding on Local Public Health Capabilities, Capacity and Response

Visit; for local chapter, see white pages of your phone directory.

Local health departments:

See your local phone directory or go
to access directory of local health departments


See yellow pages in your local phone directory.

New Jersey Homeland Security:

U.S. Department of Homeland Security:

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT): 1-877-237-8411,

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): 1-800-480-2520,

New Jersey Office of Emergency Management, State Police Division Headquarters (NJ OEM):
(609) 882-2000,

Association of Schools of Public Health:
ASPH represents schools of public health that are accredited by the Council on Education of Public Health (CEPH).

Following are NJACCHO “Sister Organizations,” professional public health associations in New Jersey with which the NJACCHO routinely collaborates. All of these organizations are also part of a new collective known as PHACE – Public Health Associations’ Collaborative Effort:  New Jersey Environmental Health Association  New Jersey Association of Public Health Nurse Administrators  New Jersey Society of Public Health Educators  New Jersey Public Health Association   New Jersey Local Boards of Health Association 

New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (NJDHSS):
(609) 292-7837,

NJDHSS, Communicable Disease Service:
(609) 588-7500,

New Jersey Emergency Medical Services (EMS):
(609) 633-7777,

New Jersey Poison Control Center:

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services —
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
1-888-246-2675 (English)
1-888-246-2857 (Español)

Gaining Ground 

Gaining Ground is a two-year initiative, managed by the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) and supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).   It is intended to help develop sustainable, statewide systems to promote public health accreditation and support performance improvement in local, tribal and state health departments in seven states.

The overall goal of this new national accreditation program is to provide a catalyst for continuous quality improvement in state, territorial, local, and tribal health departments, and in turn, improve the impact of those departments in protecting and improving health in their communities.

New Jersey’s Effort

NJACCHO is delighted to be one of seven national recipients of the Gaining Ground grant. Our goal is to develop a sustainable process that advances local public health accreditation readiness, supports the accreditation of LHDs, and facilitates a culture of quality improvement among all public health disciplines.  We hope to achieve this by providing multiple collaborative learning opportunities to LHDs.  A ‘hands on’ approach will be taken, providing multiple opportunities to roll up our sleeves and get to work.

Gaining Ground Resources

Other Resources

  1. PHAB Board Accreditation Information: [click here] and [click here]
  2. NACCHO Accreditation and Quality Improvement resources: [click here]
  3. MAPP Fieldguide from NACCHO [click here]
  4. APHA Quality Improvement Initiative: [click here]
2015 Training Materials
Below are links to the resources distributed at the Gaining Ground training sessions held in January, February and March 2015.  We hope you find them helpful!   If you have any questions, or are looking for something you don’t see here, please call Colleen at 732-235-3454 or email her at
Regional Strategic Planning Work Sessions – May 2015
Webinar: Conducting a Local Health Department Strategic Planning Process

Key Components of a Stategic Plan – A Guidebook for Local Health Departments

Quality Improvement Processes for Public Health Practice  January 13 (VNA of Northern NJ) and 14 (Burlington Co. Fire Academy), 2015
Facilitator:   Grace Gorenflo
Creating a Strategic Plan for Your Health Department – February 10, 2015
Facilitator: Mary Kushion
PHAB Documentation- Selecting the Best Examples – February 2015
Facilitator:  Mary Kushion
Performance Management and Public Health: Perfect Together – March 10, 2015
Facilitator: Christina Harrington
1) Performance Management 101 (a very basic Introductory PPT for BOHs .. edit as needed!)
Aligning Plans: Where Do We Start? Part One – December 11, 2015
Facilitator: Sonja Armbruster, Public Health Foundation
Sonja Armbruster contact information –
Aligning Plans: Part 1 – webinar recording
Aligning Plans: Part 2 – webinar recording

Laying the Groundwork for Quality Improvement & Performance Management: Tools to Enhance Your Health Department- February 18, 2016

Achieving Accreditation – Lessons Learned

  1. State Department of Health
  2. Bloomfield Health Department

Gaining Ground on Accreditation Readiness Panel Discussion

  1. Jennifer Kidd, MA, CHES, Clifton Health Department
  2. Tracy Storms-Mazzuco, BS, MS, CHES, Sussex County Health Department
  3. Devangi Patel, Montgomery Health Department
  4. Nancy Lanner, BS, Middlebrook Regional Health Department
  5. Samantha Robinson, MPH, Madison Health Department

NJACCHO in collaboration with NJDOH worked during 2019 to collect data, meet with County stakeholders and create plans for action in responding to the Opioid Epidemic.  Below, you can find links to the 21 County Reports, outlining the process, showcasing GIS maps of chosen indicators and suggested next steps.