Faith-Based Organization Receives Grant To Improve Immigrant Health Literacy

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ELIZABETH—Jefferson Park Ministries, Inc. has been awarded a three year, $250,000 grant to support their “Santé Pour Tous/Health for All” project, which promotes health literacy among Haitian immigrants in Union County.  The grant was awarded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through its New Jersey Health Initiatives program.

The grant will focus on helping Haitian immigrants who tend to have low native language literacy and low to moderate literacy in English.  Health issues that pertain to this growing population will also be addressed.  Efforts will be made to educated physicians, health and social service professionals and support staff on Haitian culture so they can better serve the Haitians patients and clients.

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“The purpose of the “Santé Pour Tous/Health for All” project is to promote access to health care and health information by increasing the health literacy of Haitian men and women in Union and Essex Counties,” said Jefferson Park Ministries’ Executive Director Catherine Rousseau Saintilien.  “We are honored to have been selected by RWJF to address this critical health issue in our community.”

Jefferson Park Ministries is partnering with Trinitas Regional Medical Center and the Literacy Volunteers of Union County to implement the project.  “By working together,” said Elizabeth Gloeggler, Executive Director of Literacy Volunteers, “we will make sure that our neighbors can communicate with doctors, manage their medications and make healthy choices.”

Jefferson Park Ministries is one of 11 organizations selected from 44 applicants to the New Jersey Health Initiatives 2009 program.

In honor of Minority Health Month in September, Jefferson Park Ministries and all participating partner agencies will hold a health conference informing the community and stakeholders about the different aspect of the Santé Pour Tous/Health for All Project.

The event will take place Wednesday, Sept. 30 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., following a health fair at 477 Madison Avenue, Elizabeth.


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