The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey recently awarded 14 grants totaling $1.8 million to improve the health and wellness of underserved and vulnerable populations in greater Newark and surrounding low income NJ communities. The largest single grant, in the amount of $348,467, went to the purchase of a Hologic 3-D Mammography System for Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth, ensuring that low-income, uninsured women treated by the hospital’s new Connie Dwyer Breast Center receive the best possible breast testing and diagnosis. Newark Beth Israel Medical Center was awarded Year 2 funding ($181,331) for its colorectal cancer screening and navigation project.
Two new projects funded are especially noteworthy: (a) The new Shani Baraka Women’s Resource Center, providing services for women in crisis in Newark’s underserved South Ward, was awarded funding in the amount of $101,000 to expand its services to evenings and hire an additional counsellor, substance abuse specialist, and child care professional to provide better access to supportive services for working women; and (b) The NJ Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics was awarded funding of $74,000 to implement a Dental Health Pilot, training pediatric practices to integrate oral healthcare into a child’s wellness visits starting in infancy.
Planned Parenthood of Central & Greater Northern NJ received Year 4 funding in the amount of $116,320 to continue its Medicaid and ACA education, outreach, and enrollment work.
The Foundation continued its work with Newark’s Municipal Court System, providing funding to the National Center for Civic Innovationto support mental health counseling for non-violent offenders participating in its prison diversion project ($100,000).
HFNJ’s longtime work on behalf of children with special needs was continued with grants totaling $475,000 Cerebral Palsy of North Jersey, Newark Renaissance House, Youth Consultation Service, and the Rutgers University Foundation for an extension of the Autism Speaks/Mom2Mom pilot which aims to train geographically isolated mothers of special needs children with no access to community services/providers. In addition, HFNJ’s Integrated Pediatric Primary Care and Veterans’ Mental health initiatives, begun in 2016, continued with additional funding.