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. Among them were: $128,729 to the Gottesman RTW Academy of Morris County to hire a full-time social worker and part time early childhood specialist to provide direct support to students and families and professional support for teachers; $110,000 to NJ PAC to engage social workers from the Mental Health Assn of Morris & Essex to provide emotional/behavioral supports for children and teens in the Center’s summer and after school arts programs and the instructors who teach them; $90,000 to Children’s Specialized Hospital, to support the emotional needs of children with autism spectrum disorder; and $30,175 to Jewish Family Service of MetroWest to continue its support for family caregivers in Morris County.
Three capital grants were awarded: $350,000 to Zufall Health Center to build out a prenatal suite in its new primary care facility in West orange; $250,000 to the Foundation for Morristown Medical Center to enlarge the Valerie Fund Children’s Cancer Center at Goryeb Children’s Hospital; and $125,000 to the North Ward Center to create a walking/wellness path at its new recreation center in the North Ward.