News Release

PO 360
Trenton, NJ 08625-0360
Christine Grant
Acting Commissioner
For Release:
April 6, 1999
For Further Information Contact:
Rita Manno
(609) 984-7160
Dennis McGowan
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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grants
Support to New Jersey's Minority Health Summit

TRENTON -- The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services has received a $50,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in support of the department's Minority Health Summit.

The two-day summit, slated for September 21 and 22 at the Medical Society of New Jersey in Lawrenceville, will bring together state and national health experts and community leaders to focus on issues affecting the health of the state's minority populations. Summit participants will contribute to the publishing of a minority health care report card that will address disparities and make recommendations for improving health care outcomes for minority patients. In preparation for the summit, focus group meetings will be held this summer throughout the state.

"We are honored the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has chosen to support this important endeavor," said Linda Holmes, director of the department's Office of Minority Health. "The foundation's endorsement gives us much needed financial support. It also moves the ground-breaking work we will be conducting on minority health here in New Jersey through this summit to a national stage."

In addition to evaluating such issues as access to care, coordination of services, and the impact of lifestyle choices on health, summit participants will hear from experts who have developed model programs addressing minority health and experts on racial and ethnic data use and analysis.

The grant is the fourth in recent years the department has received from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for specific health care projects. These grant projects include:

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