Jersey City Health Dept. receives $295k grant to support COVID-19 response efforts

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The Jersey City Health Department has received an over $295,000 grant from The Kresge Foundation to support their COVID-19 response efforts.

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By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“As the most diverse city in the nation, our residents have diverse needs, and we’re committed to expanding critical resources many residents rely on,” Mayor Steven Fulop said in a statement.

“We will continue to identify and address health disparities and to ensure we meet the emerging needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Jersey City is the 25th municipality nationwide to receive funding from Kresge and is one of the nine to receive $295,263.

“The City of Jersey Health Department will continue its expansion of an emergent health intervention platform, increase staff training and further its efforts to deliver equitable, racially and ethnically appropriate services to diverse communities within the entire city,” the foundation said.

According to city officials, the grant will be used to address health inequities, further health education, and increase access to mental health and violence prevention services.

The training component will help develop and certify professional staff to address behavioral health issues and integrating best practices on violence prevention into department programs and services.

“We rely on our nation’s public health experts to advance and promote community health. In a rapidly changing environment, our ELPH partners have been able to adapt and pivot their work and advance strategic approaches to health in their communities,” added Managing Director of Kresge Health Program Managing Director Monica Valdes Lupi.

“ … We are meeting the historic demand for our city services, and this grant is a much-needed financial boost to be able to expand upon our success to ensure no one is left behind,” noted Jersey City Health and Human Services Director Stacey Flanagan.

The Kresge Foundation was founded in 1924 to promote human progress.

Today, Kresge fulfills that mission by building and strengthening pathways to opportunity for low-income people in America’s cities, seeking to dismantle structural and systemic barriers to equality and justice, according to their website.

Using a full array of grant, loan, and other investment tools, Kresge invests more than $160 million annually to foster economic and social change.