NBIMC Receives $5 Million Grant to Implement the CDC’s Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health Program in Newark

Newark, NJ (October 30, 2023)—Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, has received a $5 million grant to implement the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program in Newark. The five-year program will help Newark Beth Israel improve health outcomes, prevent chronic diseases, and reduce health disparities among Black, African American, Hispanic and Latinx communities, who experience the highest rates of chronic disease in Newark. The program initiatives will also be expanded to Essex, Union, Hudson, Middlesex and Ocean counties over this 5 year period.

“Over the years, we have created many programs and outreach initiatives aimed at improving access to healthcare and improving health outcomes for the many communities that we serve. The REACH Program will greatly enhance our efforts and allow us to continue to address healthcare disparities in a meaningful way,” said Darrell K. Terry, Sr., MHA, MPH, FACHE, FHELA, President and Chief Executive Officer, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey.

Newark Beth Israel and RWJBarnabas Health will work with state and local partners and coalitions to expand existing resources, address Newark’s health needs, and reduce health disparities.

“This REACH funding will allow us to expand our community health education programs, establish new connections and strengthen existing relationships with community members and partners to innovate and achieve our mission of creating healthy communities, together,” said Barbara Mintz, MS, RDN, Senior Vice President, Social Impact and Community Investment, RWJBarnabas Health.

As one of 41 REACH recipients, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and RWJBarnabas Health will implement their proven public health strategies for:

  • Promoting food access and nutrition guidelines
  • Expanding fruit and vegetable voucher incentive programs at The Beth Greenhouse and the Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Women’s Wellness Pantry
  • Producing medically tailored meal programs for those living with chronic health conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and obesity/overweight
  • Expansion of Newark Beth Israel’s nationally recognized KidsFit Nutrition education program to additional New Jersey schools.

“CDC is excited to announce this new REACH funding to 41 communities across 27 states and the District of Columbia,” said Terry O’Toole, PhD, MDiv, program development and evaluation branch chief in CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity. “With this funding, organizations will plan and carry out local, culturally-appropriate programs to address a wide range of health issues among racial and ethnic minority groups where health gaps remain. REACH intends to improve health where people live, learn, work, and play.”

A complete list of CDC’s REACH recipients and additional information can be found on the REACH website.

About Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, is a 665-bed regional care teaching hospital that provides comprehensive health care. Newark Beth Israel is a Top Teaching Hospital and home to one of the nation’s top 15 heart transplant centers, which has performed more than 1,100 heart transplants; RWJBarnabas Health’s Heart Failure Treatment and Transplant Program; New Jersey’s only Advanced Lung Disease and Transplant Program and a Valve Center that performs complex cardiac valve procedures, including minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve replacements (TAVRs). Newark Beth Israel Medical Center is also home to Children’s Hospital of New Jersey (CHoNJ), which cares for children from birth through adolescence, with more than 30 specialized pediatric services including New Jersey’s largest Valerie Fund Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders; and the Children’s Heart Center that offers a complete range of medical and surgical treatments for the most complex cardiac abnormalities. The Newark Beth Israel robotic surgery program is the most experienced in northern New Jersey. RWJBarnabas Health and The Frederick B. Cohen, MD, Comprehensive Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey Breast Health Center, in partnership with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey – the state’s only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center – brings a world class team of researchers and specialists to fight alongside you, providing close-to-home access to the latest treatment and clinical trials. Newark Beth Israel also offers many preventive health programs that promote wellness in the community, including The Beth Greenhouse, which provides access to fresh produce and health and wellness education to residents.

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