The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey recently awarded 16 grants totaling just over $2.4 million to improve the health and wellness of underserved and vulnerable populations in greater Newark and surrounding low income NJ communities.
Recognizing violence as a public health issue, the Foundation continued its work to break the cycle of violence and support victims with a third year of funding to University Hospital in Newark. An award of $83,350, bringing the total to over $311,000, will continue counseling and supports for victims of shootings and stabbings as they attempt to recover from their wounds and change the trajectory of their lives. It is expected that a Victims of Crime (VOCA) grant will continue this work after HFNJ funding has been exhausted.
A related grant to University Hospital in the amount of $285,764 went to its Center for Trauma Survivorship, providing mental health supports to enhance the reintegration and rehabilitation of patients who suffer severe injuries, and to their families. Finally, a grant to All Stars of NJ in the amount of $50,000 provides a second year of funding for Operation Cops & Kids, a program that utilizes the arts to stimulate conversations and break down barriers and stereotypes between Newark teens and the police officers who work in their communities.
Newark’s Department of Health & Community Wellness, through its fiscal agent, was awarded $184,728 to pilot a community health worker project that will work with high-need patients with poorly managed diabetes and/or high blood pressure, navigating them to essential medical and non-medical resources and coaching them to better care for themselves.
Several grants were awarded to address the mental health of children, adults and seniors.