Magazine article The Alcoholism Report

RWJ Gives a Million Dollars for Creative Approaches to Healthcare

Magazine article The Alcoholism Report

RWJ Gives a Million Dollars for Creative Approaches to Healthcare

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Six organizations in New Jersey have received $1 million in grant money to support creative approaches to help solve some of the state's most pressing health care problems, including the hairmful use of alcohol and other drugs. The money is being made available by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, under its New Jersey Health Services Development Program.

With the highest proportion of women with AIDS in the country living in New Jersey, a two-year grant of $86,224 has been awarded to the New Jersey Women and AIDS Network (NJWAN) to assist HIV-infected women with accessing available health services, developing a peer-based telephone network, and providing information on treatment issues that can enhance their health.

Pregnant women in the Trenton area will be screened for alcohol, tobacco and other drugs whenever they seek care in the three major hospitals and a community health care facility as part of routine health assessments. A two-year grant of $237,881 was awarded to the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, in collaboration with the New Jersey Department of Health, to develop and implement a community-based project in the greater Trenton area to identify pregnant women with addictions early in their pregnancy, refer them to treatment, and follow up on their progress for a two-year period. …

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