News Release
  
   PO 360
   Trenton, NJ 08625-0360

   For Release:
   June 11, 2001

Christine Grant
Commissioner

For Further Information Contact:
Laura Otterbourg or
Marilyn Riley
609-984-7160

 

DHSS Awards Nearly $700,000 in Grants to Community Health Centers


TRENTON - The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services has awarded a total of nearly $700,000 in state grants to 13 community health centers, Health and Senior Services Commissioner Christine Grant announced today. The money will be used to expand primary and preventive health care services to low-income, minority, and uninsured and underinsured New Jersey residents.

"These community health centers are a vital part of New Jersey's health care system. They are the 'family doctor' and 'family dentist' to many low-income people and people who lack adequate health insurance," said acting Governor Donald DiFrancesco. "I'm pleased to award these grants so these centers can expand on their good work."

Each grant is $53,571. Twelve of the grants are being awarded to Federally Qualified Health Centers. These community health centers are located in inner cities and rural areas that have been designated medically underserved by the federal government. The centers provide a broad array of dental and medical services, such as treatment for medical problems, immunizations, well-baby care, cancer screenings, and other care.

The remaining grant was awarded to the Dover Free Clinic, a freestanding community clinic that provides free and reduced-fee medical services and some dental care to the uninsured population. Dover Free Clinic qualified for a grant because it is in an area that is undergoing a hospital transition.

"The centers are allowed flexibility in how they use the grant funds, so they'll be able to use the money to carry out programs where they're most needed," Commissioner Grant said. "For example, they can use it to expand dental services, expand hours of operation, and hire additional physicians and dentists."

Below is a list of the centers receiving grants and the type of expansion planned at each center:

Eric B. Chandler Health Center, New Brunswick -- Expand access to primary and preventive care services to children, particularly adolescents. Implement an outreach program targeting uninsured children who need preventive health care services.

Plainfield Neighborhood Health Services Corporation -- Expand access to primary and preventive dental care services. Enhance quality of care for existing patients by improving outreach to patients to encourage them to return for follow-up visits.

Newark Community Health Center -- Increase eligible patients' enrollment in the NJ Family Care program by hiring two outreach works to identify eligible children and families, and assist them in enrolling.

Community Health Center of Asbury Park -- Implement a dental care initiative to expand services and increase utilization of the center.

Henry J. Austin Health Center, Trenton -- Expand primary pediatric healthcare through the center's childhood obesity program to help overweight children lose weight and improve their health and quality of life. Expand dental services to the community.

North Hudson Community Action Corporation, West New York -- Expand dental services by adding a new delivery site and equipping two full dental suites.

Jersey City Family Health Center -- Provide additional access for low-income health center patients who are not insured by Medicaid.

CAMcare Health Corporation, Camden -- Increase community awareness of the health risk of obesity in patients with diabetes and those at greatest risk for contracting the disease. Make nutritional counseling available to residents of South Camden.

Horizon Health Center, Jersey City -- Implement an outreach and education program targeting uninsured persons needing preventive health care services. Increase hours of service for routine preventive healthcare services (including dental services).

Community Health Care, Bridgeton -- Increase capacity to deliver dental services and implement outreach activities to inform potential users of the available service.

Southern New Jersey Family Medical Center, Hammonton -- Extend hours of primary services at the Pleasantville Center and increase the number of clients served.

Paterson Community Health Center -- Increase dentist and dental assistant staff. Provide dental administrator to increase appointment "show" rate.

Dover Community Clinic -- Expand current provision of primary, preventive and dental health care services to patients impacted by hospital transition.

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