Economic Development

Trenton Site Destined to Be Maternal and Infant Health & Innovation Center

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) Board has approved a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Trenton Board of Education (BOE) and the New Jersey Schools Development Authority (NJSDA) to purchase property in downtown Trenton as the future home of the Maternal and Infant Health and Innovation Center (MIHIC). The Center will serve as a hub for stakeholders committed to eliminating racial disparities and advancing maternal and infant health equity in the state.

Last month, the NJEDA Board approved Capital Health, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and Trenton Health Team to serve as the Center’s anchor tenants, where they will work collaboratively to provide services to address issues related to maternal and infant health in Trenton and across New Jersey.

The MIHIC is being developed by the NJEDA, in partnership with First Lady Tammy Murphy, and the Maternal and Infant Health Innovation Authority (MIHIA), which will oversee day-to-day operations of the Center.

“From its conception, this Center has been imagined as a fully three-dimensional approach to addressing our incredibly complex maternal and infant health crisis, and I am truly heartened to see this vision becoming reality,” said First Lady Murphy. “The Maternal and Infant Health and Innovation Center will provide critical maternal health services to the mothers of the Trenton community, serve as a hub for research and innovation, and create career pathways and training opportunities for Trenton students. Further, building this Center at the Battle Monument Site which is an easily accessible location for our community partners reaffirms our commitment to centering the residents of Trenton first and foremost. This is an exciting next step in the development of the Center, and I look forward to continuing our work together with our partners as we bring high quality services to Trenton.”

The MOU will allow for the NJEDA to purchase land next to the historic Battle Monument site, located at the southwest corner of Pennington Avenue and Warren Street in Trenton, which is currently owned by the BOE. The site in the North Trenton – Battle Monument neighborhood was identified through community engagement efforts and was prioritized due to its easy accessibility for community residents, safety, and close proximity to community resources such as Henry J. Austin Health Center and Greater Mount Zion AME Church.

Additionally, the NJEDA will work in collaboration with the BOE and Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, the Lead Institution of Higher Education within the Center, to establish career pathways and training opportunities for public school students in Trenton. Rutgers will provide a variety of services, including accredited degree programs, certification programs, non-degree programs, on-the-job training opportunities, student support services, and maternal and infant health research.

“Maternal and infant health equity is at the forefront of Governor and First Lady Murphy’s priorities, and the City of Trenton has been actively engaged in establishing the Maternal and Infant Health and Innovation Center from its inception,” said NJEDA Chief Executive Officer Tim Sullivan. “Today has been a major step forward, and our engagement with the Trenton BOE and Rutgers University to establish education and training opportunities will help prepare students for highly skilled, good-paying jobs at the Center. The MIHIC will help uplift the Trenton community by expanding access to quality health care services and generating ancillary economic activity.”

“Part of what makes the MIHIC so special is how we engaged with the community from day one. We had the opportunity to hear what they wanted to see in this Center, and where they wanted it to be located,” said Lisa Asare, President and CEO of the MIHIA. “By placing the Center in a central, accessible area, we are creating a true community health hub, where expectant parents and infants can receive the quality care that they deserve.”

“The Trenton Board of Education is excited to partner with the NJEDA on this opportunity for Trenton residents,” said James Earle, superintendent of the Trenton Public School District. “The Maternal and Infant Health and Innovation Center (MIHIC) will provide expecting mothers with high-quality care in an accessible location within the City of Trenton and support mothers and children prior to birth. We look forward to seeing this project come to life and the impacts it will have on our future families for years to come.”

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