The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey surpassed the $150 million mark in total granting since our first grants were awarded in 1997 when we awarded 14 grants totaling just over $2.1 million on September 16th.
The largest of those grants - $1 million – was awarded to support the significant enlargement and transformation of care delivery in the Emergency Department at Saint Barnabas Medical Center. HFNJ funding will be used specifically to expand the size of the department’s observation unit to 22 beds and purchase movable clinical, patient monitoring, and nursing equipment.
HFNJ’s long-time commitment to supporting mental health services for children continued with grants totaling over $600,000. Recipients include Main Street Counseling ($210,000) and Youth Development Clinic ($110,000) to expand their work in Newark schools; Big Brothers Big Sisters of Essex, Hudson & Union ($150,000) to provide trauma-informed training for mentors and staff and therapeutic mentoring and case management for youth; and Imagine, a Center for Coping with Loss, ($60,000) to provide grief support and foster resilience among Newark youth who have suffered the loss of a family member.
Additional grants to support the health and well-being of children include funding to Helen Keller International ($75,000) to bring eye screenings and free eyeglasses to high school students in Newark and KinderSmile Foundation ($26,000) to expand its work bringing oral health services to children with special needs.
Work to combat domestic violence and support victims was continued with grants of $42,568 to the Family Service League to expand the services of a rape support crisis counsellor at the Shani Baraka Women’s Resource Center in Newark and $80,000 to the Ironbound Community Corporation to address issues confronted by women in the Hispanic community.
Funding of $150,000 was awarded to NJ Citizen Action Education Fund to continue its work educating and enrolling Newark-area residents in expanded Medicaid and ACA insurance, and to prepare the public for the changeover to a NJ-run insurance exchange in the fall of 2020.
Finally, the Center for Popular Democracy was awarded a grant of $61,100 for Make the Road New Jersey’s work connecting immigrant communities to healthcare.