March 25, 2019: The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey recently awarded 12 grants totaling just under $1 million to improve the health and wellness of underserved and vulnerable populations in greater Newark and surrounding low income NJ communities.
In recognition of the substance abuse problems that have become critical in our society, over $265,000 was pledged to three organizations working to assist adults and/or youth to overcome substance abuse issues. They are: Bridge, Inc., working in partnership with Irvington Public Schools to identify and provide counseling for youth with or at risk for addiction problems; NW Essex Community Health Care Network, integrating comprehensive wellness treatment/education for adults with substance abuse disorders; and the Rutgers University Foundation, providing Emergency Department patients at University Hospital with education and navigation services to reduce the harms of opioid use.
Just under $500,000 in funding was awarded to five organizations to provide behavioral supports/counseling and integrated care to various populations including children, LGBTQ youth, veterans, and immigrants/families of immigrants anxious about their status and the status of their loved ones.
Additional grants were awarded to provide healthy foods, fresh produce, and nutrition education to the homeless and those with Type 2 diabetes; to provide eye exams and free eyeglasses to primary school children in Newark; and to provide assistive technology to caregiving families to help ensure the safety of those receiving care.
Established in 1996 with the proceeds of the sale of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center to the Saint Barnabas Healthcare System, The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey is dedicated to reducing disparities in the provision of healthcare and serving the healthcare needs of vulnerable and underserved populations in greater Newark and in the Jewish community of Greater MetroWest NJ. To this end, more than $146 million in grants have been awarded by the Foundation in its 23-year history.