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Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey Announces Grants

Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey Announces Grants

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

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.