How we live and where we live has more impact on our health than we ever thought possible. Understanding this connection better can afford you a happier and healthier life, starting now. Leaders from Millhill and Isles, two exceptional Trenton community service nonprofits, will offer presentations and more on Wednesday, February 26, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the new Trenton RISE Center, 454 North Clinton Avenue in Trenton.

It will be a morning of robust conversation about the impact that unhealthy housing and home environments have on Trenton residents.  The hosts say, “You will have an opportunity to participate in an in-depth discussion to learn about and brainstorm solutions in two of the following six topic areas: (1) Vacant Properties, (2) Affordability, (3) Food Security, (4) Landlord-Tenant Issues, (5) Lead, and (6) Safety.

Vacant houses negatively impact the occupants of the remaining ones

The tentative schedule of events is:
9:00 a.m. – 9:25 a.m. Arrival; Sign-in; Networking
9:25 a.m. – 9:40 a.m. Welcome: Michelle Thompkins, Millhill Child & Family Development Introductions, Meeting Purpose & Objectives: Calvin Thomas, TAS Coordinator
9:40 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Welcome & Presentation by Our Meeting Hosts: Michael Nordquist, Managing Director, Community Planning & Development at Isles; Julia Taylor, Senior Director of Programs & Partnerships at THT
10:00 a.m. – 11:05 a.m. Small Groups Break-Out Activity (two 30-minute rounds): Healthy Homes, Healthy Trenton – Topic Discussions lead by topic experts
11:05 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. Small Group Report Outs; Next Steps
11:20 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Announcements
11:30 a.m. Adjourn, but please stay for 30 minutes of speed networking

For questions or more information, contact Ariel Dell’Arena, Trenton Area Stakeholders, at 609-989-7333 x128, or

Trenton Area Stakeholders (TAS) is comprised of leaders from organizations throughout Mercer County that provide an array of services and are committed to improving the lives of underserved youth and families. There are more than 1,200 TAS members representing over 350 organizations in Mercer County and throughout the state. Different organizations involved in TAS volunteer to host meetings, which are held 5 times a year. TAS is stewarded by Millhill Child & Family Development, and provides an ongoing forum to foster collaborations and the necessary dialogue to strengthen Greater Trenton.

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Trenton Health Team (THT) is dedicated to improving the well-being of the residents of the six zip codes of Trenton by partnering with the community to expand access to high-quality, coordinated, cost-effective healthcare and addressing housing quality, food security, neighborhood safety, education and social inequities inextricably linked to poor health outcomes. It is an innovative non-profit collaboration including the city of Trenton’s two hospitals, St. Francis Medical Center and Capital Health; its only Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), Henry J. Austin Health Center, and the City of Trenton Department of Health and Human Services.

Founded in 1981, Isles Inc. is a community development and environmental organization based in Trenton.  With a mission to foster self-reliant families and healthy, sustainable communities, they design and develop effective services that support this mission and share what they learn with others who can make a difference. Isles offers multiple pathways to self-reliance:  tools and training to improve credit, earn a GED, gain job-readiness skills, convert vacant lots to gardens, target abandoned and substandard land and buildings for rehabilitation and cleanup, and create redevelopment plans. 

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