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New Jersey Hospital Association Presents Awards for Commitment to Healthcare
Date:2/29/2008

f New Jersey's Community Outreach Awards recognize outstanding community achievements in the following categories: disease and injury prevention; improving access and quality of care; reducing healthcare disparities; and programs with budgets less then $50,000.

For Preventing Disease and Injury, Broadway House for Continuing Care, Newark AIDS Consortium's A.C.E. -- AIDS Community Education Program was recognized for its work geared toward Newark school children in grades 4-12. The program works to increase HIV/AIDS awareness; reduce unsafe sexual and substance abuse practices; and teach better decision-making strategies. The program's success is evident in its expansion beyond the pilot phase as well as the standardization of curriculum and materials that has allowed it to be replicated statewide.

For Improving Access and Quality of Care, Hunterdon Healthcare System's Latino Healthcare Initiative was recognized for its efforts to link an often underserved population with healthcare services. This initiative bundled five programs to accomplish its goal. Among the programs are Latino Well Child Clinics, Prenatal Health Literacy, Diabetes Patient Education and Nutritional Counseling, Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center Latino Outreach program and Hunterdon Regional Community Health Latino. Positive outcomes of the program include increases in health awareness and education, cancer screenings, prenatal care, well child visits and enrollment in Medicaid and NJ FamilyCare.

The Community Outreach award for Reducing Healthcare Disparities was awarded to South Jersey Healthcare Regional Medical Center for its Open Arms for Healthy Moms and Babies program. Recognizing the increasing rates of infant mortality among Hispanic and African American newborns, this program, developed through a partnership with Community Health Care, provides comprehensive obstetrical care to medically underserved women and care for poor and uninsured families who are predomin
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