LETTER: Greenville in Jersey City lacks ‘crucial health services vital to the community’

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In a letter to the editor, Jersey City Health and Public Safety Coalition Executive Director Demetrius Terry says Greenville lacks “crucial health services vital to the success of our community.”

Dear Editor,

As a lifelong resident of the 31st Legislative District, it has come to my attention that we lack crucial health services vital to the success of our community.

As the former Executive Director of Greenville Health Access, I brought attention to a health crisis taking place in the 31st Legislative District. The reality is in Ward A Greenville, there are no urgent care facilities available to residents.

If you look throughout the City of Jersey City, there are numerous urgent care facilities in all sections of the city except for Greenville.

The reality is history shows the Greenville section of Jersey City has always gotten the short end of the stick and we must do better. It’s important our lawmakers on all levels of government work together for the better of the 31st Legislative District.

In Hudson County, there are two major health agencies that has the ability to invest time, and resources into Greenville and nothing has happened yet.

I’m calling on Jersey City Medical Center (Saint Barnabas) and CarePoint Health to invest more health services in the 31st Legislative District, primarily in Ward A Greenville.

Ward A Greenville is primarily an African American neighborhood located on the South side of Jersey City and residents deserve to be treated equally and fairly. The constant neglect of primary health issues needs to be addressed.

In addition, Greenville has the most senior buildings, and highest rates of various health issues, and nothing is being done about it. We must do better!

Demetrius M. Terry
Executive Director Jersey City Health and Public Safety Coalition