EDISON — Earlier this month, the Edison Department of Health & Human Services (EDHHS) received an Outstanding American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Award from the New Jersey Department of Health & Senior Services (NJDHHS).
The award was presented to EDHHS for demonstrating 100% compliance in participation and collaboration with New Jersey Vaccines For Children Program and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
From August to December, the Edison Public Health Nurses provided 126 vaccines to 126 Edison residents (Children; Seniors; Adults). As a result of ARRA funding through NJDHSS, EDHHS saved local residents $6,060 for immunization costs.
According to Edison Health Officer Lisa Gulla, “This program has allowed EDHHS to exemplify Public Health’s mission (i.e.: “Promote, Prevent, Protect”), as it promotes healthy lifestyles through protecting the public with these vaccinations, which prevent serious diseases in individuals and their spread throughout local populations.”
The Edison Dept. of Health & Human Services was initially contacted by NJDHHS last July, to request their participation in this program, based upon its documented past successes with such public health initiatives. Efforts were quickly made to prepare EDHHS staff for the dissemination of the vaccinations, as well as public notices of their availability.
The NJDHHS ARRA vaccinations were made available to Edison residents at the EDHHS Dr. William Toth Memorial Health Center, as well as at a number of public flu/immunization clinics, presented throughout the Township. The EDHHS will continue to provide discounted vaccines to the Edison public, based upon their availability through this NJDHHS ARRA program.
Mayor Antonia Ricigliano stated: “I congratulate Edison’s Department of Health & Human Services on this award and heartily endorse their Public Health initiatives.”
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