Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, has received a $5 million grant to implement the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program in Newark. The five-year program will help Newark Beth Israel improve health outcomes, prevent chronic diseases, and reduce health disparities among Black, African American, Hispanic and Latinx communities, who experience the highest rates of chronic disease in Newark. The program initiatives will also be expanded to Essex, Union, Hudson, Middlesex and Ocean counties over this 5 year period.
“Over the years, we have created many programs and outreach initiatives aimed at improving access to healthcare and improving health outcomes for the many communities that we serve. The REACH Program will greatly enhance our efforts and allow us to continue to address healthcare disparities in a meaningful way,” said Darrell K. Terry, Sr., MHA, MPH, FACHE, FHELA, President and Chief Executive Officer, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey.
Newark Beth Israel and RWJBarnabas Health will work with state and local partners and coalitions to expand existing resources, address Newark’s health needs, and reduce health disparities.
“This REACH funding will allow us to expand our community health education programs, establish new connections and strengthen existing relationships with community members and partners to innovate and achieve our mission of creating healthy communities, together,” said Barbara Mintz, MS, RDN, Senior Vice President, Social Impact and Community Investment, RWJBarnabas Health.
As one of 41 REACH recipients, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and RWJBarnabas Health will implement their proven public health strategies for:
“CDC is excited to announce this new REACH funding to 41 communities across 27 states and the District of Columbia,” said Terry O’Toole, PhD, MDiv, program development and evaluation branch chief in CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity. “With this funding, organizations will plan and carry out local, culturally-appropriate programs to address a wide range of health issues among racial and ethnic minority groups where health gaps remain. REACH intends to improve health where people live, learn, work, and play.”
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