• Community Health Improvement Partnership

    of Bergen County


    The Community Health Improvement Partnership (CHIP) of Bergen County currently consists of four task forces with volunteers from over 50 community organizations, businesses, schools, hospitals and private citizens, all interested in creating a healthier Bergen County. CHIP members develop, implement and promote initiatives to improve the health and lives of people who live, work, or attend school in Bergen County.

  •  What's New

    Current Events & Announcements

    New Wellness Program

    for Bergen County Residents offered by

    Ridgewood Health Department 

    in partnership with

    Ridgewood Parks and Recreation Department

    Ridgewood Health Department in partnership with Ridgewood Parks and Recreation Department offers a new wellness program for adults in Bergen County as part of the CHIP Wellness Initiative

    Parks and Recreation and the Health Department are pleased to invite you to the first series of wellness programs being offered to Village of Ridgewood employees as well as Bergen County Residents. The programs are being held on the first Thursday of the month from 1pm until 2pm in the Pat Mancuso Senior Lounge. We invite you to bring a bagged lunch and spend your lunch hour with us learning about various health topics.


    There is no cost to participate, however we ask that you fill out the attached registration form and return it to the health department.


    We would love to hear any feedback regarding these programs including suggestions for future programs!



    • February 2, 2017 A Healthy Heart: Know the facts about cardiovascular disease 
    • March 2, 2017 Quiet Your Mind, Activate Your Body: Learn how to improve your mental and physical health through the practice of yoga. 
    • April 6, 2017 Your Financial Health: An educational session for your future financial health. 
    • May 4, 2017 A Healthier You…Eat Good: Navigate a farmer’s market for good nutrition and cost savings. 
    • June 1, 2017 Time Management: Find better ways to organize and better manage your time. 


    Free T’ai Chi Chih Classes in Fair Lawn

    Free classes provided by The Valley Hospital

    Event sponsored by the Bergen County Department of Health Services, Borough of Fair Lawn and Community Health Improvement Partnership of Bergen County


    Every Tuesday from January 24– March 28


    Registration is recommended (Space is Limited).


    Contact Eric Ciavaglia at eciavaglia@co.bergen.nj.us to reserve a spot.


    Fair Lawn Community Center

    10-10 20th St,

    Fair Lawn, NJ 07410


    Questions? Please call Eric Ciavaglia at 201-634-2709

    Free or Reduced Cost Health Care and Services

    The CHIP has compiled a comprehensive listing of free or reduced cost health care services available through a variety of organizations and providers throughout Bergen County. Categories of care/service include: Medical, Dental & Pharmacy Services, Food Banks/Food Pantries, Mental Health & Substance, Abuse Assistance, Homeless Services, Medical Insurance.


    Click here to access the listing »


    *Please always check with providers concerning available services and eligibility prior to your visit. The CHIP does not endorse the organizations and providers listed and is not responsible for inaccurate information.


    Health Insurance for Bergen County Residents

    The Health Insurance Marketplace:

    Visit Healthcare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596


    NJ Familycare

    Income and eligibility guidelines can be accessed at

    www.njfamilycare.org or by calling (800) 701-0710.


    The North Hudson Community Action Corporation runs two centers in Bergen County where you can get further information and/or or enroll for health care. These clinics are in Hackensack, Englewood and Garfield. For additional information, visit www.nhcac.org/nhcacsites.html 


    Free Exercise & Nutrition Programs in the County

  • Wellness for Bergen County Initiative

    Wellness connects all aspects of health. The Wellness for Bergen County Initiative, sponsored by the Bergen County Department of Health Services and the Community Health Improvement Partnership (CHIP) of Bergen County, pledges to promote whole-body wellness for all the people who live, work, or attend school in Bergen County.


    Slide right to explore the 8 Dimensions of Wellness >>



    8 Dimensions of Wellness: 


    Visiting a healthcare provider regularly ● Exercising and eating healthy ● Avoiding cigarettes and substance abuse ● Getting the appropriate amount of sleep ● Making time for relaxation

    8 Dimensions of Wellness:


    Being aware of feelings ● Coping with stress ● Building resilience and healthy decision making ● Expressing feelings through support systems

    8 Dimensions of Wellness:


    Being open to expanding intellect and skills 

    ● Embracing ideas and creativity 

    8 Dimensions of Wellness:


    Occupying safe, healthy and stimulating environments that support well-being ● Fostering a community that is inclusive of all people and appreciates diversity 

    8 Dimensions of Wellness:


    Gaining personal enjoyment and enrichment through work (paid or unpaid, volunteering or school)

    8 Dimensions of Wellness:


    Having satisfaction with current and future financial situations 

    8 Dimensions of Wellness:


    Exploring greater purpose and meaning in life ● Being excited about opportunities the future holds

    8 Dimensions of Wellness:


    Developing satisfying and supportive relationships with friends, family and community members ● Participating in social and recreational activities

  • Task Forces

    Mental Health and Substance Abuse Task Force

    & Nutrition and Physical Activity Task Force

    Mental Health and Substance Abuse Task Force

    Bergen County is Proud to be Stigma-Free

    The Mental Health and Substance Abuse Task Force is working to take the stigma out of mental illness, decrease the number of young people who are consuming alcohol and using substances, decrease the number of adults engaging in binge drinking and make mental health and substance abuse resources available. Task force members also develop and distribute educational materials. Learn More

    Nutrition and Physical Activity Task Force

    Let's Move!

    The Nutrition and Physical Activity Task Force is working to promote healthy eating and increased physical activity in an effort to prevent obesity. The objectives are to increase the number of children and adults consuming five fruits and vegetables and exercising 30-60 minutes daily. The task force promotes a wellness campaign and works with schools and community organizations to make resources available. The task force partners with schools, community colleges, universities, hospitals, and organizations to co-sponsor educational conferences, resource fairs, and workshops. Learn More

  • The CHIP Report

    Bergen County Community Health Needs Assessment & Improvement Plan

  • Co-Sponsors

    We've got a top notch team!

    Bergen County Public Health Partnership

    Bergen County Health Officers' Society

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