April 5, 2018 – The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey recently awarded eight grants totaling over $700 thousand to improve the health and wellness of underserved and vulnerable populations in greater Newark and surrounding low income NJ communities. Of that sum, $222,542 went to combat community and family violence.
Equal Justice USA was awarded a third year of funding ($147,054) to bring together members of the Newark Police Department and other first responders with community members in dialogues aimed at breaking down barriers, counteracting stereotypes, and creating mutual understanding and empathy. The goal: de-escalating potentially violent situations and opening the door to peaceful cooperation and coexistence.
The Essex County Family Justice Center received third year funding ($88,487) to build on the success of its Health & Wellness Initiative and continue to expand the program’s scope to include assessment/education for survivors of strangulation assault and training for practitioners on responding to strangulation survivors. The project addresses survivors’ comprehensive health needs while improving the coordinated community response to strangulation assault.
Two projects that address the health needs of perinatal women and their young children were funded as well. Zufall Health Center received a second year of support ($105,844) for its project integrating perinatal health and mental health care and wellness education for moms and their infants. The KinderSmile Foundation received a renewal grant ($97,010) to provide free dental care for uninsured expectant and new moms who agree to take classes about caring for their babies’ teeth, and free dental care for their young children at the foundation’s KinderSmile Community Oral Health Center in Bloomfield.
Additional funding was awarded to the Hetrick-Martin Institute ($65,000) to continue its work coordinating healthcare and health education for LGBTQ youth in Newark and capacity-building for their teachers. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Newark received renewal funding ($65,000) to continue the work of its READY Family Wellness Center.
Finally, two new projects were funded with grants totaling $135,042. The Bridge, an agency that works with teens struggling with substance abuse, was awarded a grant of $100,042 to screen, provide counseling, and, in the most severe cases refer, teens from Irvington High School who are dealing with or in danger of addiction. Table to Table received a grant of $35,000 to establish a fresh produce food distribution program in partnership with the Bessie Green Pantry in the Washington Park section of Newark.