Menendez, Booker Announce $4.8 Million in Federal Funding for Preventive Health in New Jersey

Menendez, Booker Announce $4.8 Million in Federal Funding for Preventive Health in New Jersey

State will focus on helping NJ residents prevent asthma, diabetes, black infant mortality, heart disease and more


WASHINGTON, D.C.  – Today, U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker announced the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded New Jersey’s Department of Health $4,854,230 to improve the health of residents through preventive health initiatives and programs.   

“Access to preventive health services can absolutely save lives and this funding will provide New Jersey with the resources we need to reduce health disparities like our alarming black infant mortality rate,” said Sen. Menendez. “And from preventing diabetes, asthma and heart disease to providing immunizations and nutrition programs, New Jerseyans rely on top quality health services. I will continue to fight for this vital funding so we can expand programs and preventive services to support those who need it the most.”

“The fact that communities of color suffer poorer health outcomes on everything from chronic conditions to maternal and child health should be deeply troubling to us all,” said Sen. Booker. “In a nation as rich as ours, there is no reason for these inequities to exist. This federal investment will help address these health disparities by bringing critical health resources into some of New Jersey’s most vulnerable communities.”

The Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant gives grantees the flexibility to use funds to respond rapidly to emerging health issues and to fill funding gaps in programs that deal with leading causes of death and disability. New Jersey’s Health Department will focus on key priorities such as:

  • Asthma Prevention and Control
  • Black Infant Mortality Prevention Through 17P Administration
  • Community Health Related to Nutrition and Physical Fitness
  • Diabetes Prevention and Control
  • Evidence Based Chronic Disease Prevention
  • Heart Disease/Stroke Prevention and Control
  • Immunizations/Vaccinations
  • Public Health Infrastructure
  • Public Health Quality Improvement
  • Sexual Assault/Date Rape Prevention and Control
  • Sexually Transmitted Disease Screening

“New Jersey’s disparity in mortality between black infants and the general population ranks among the worst in the nation,” said NJ Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal. “We appreciate the Senator’s advocacy for federal resources to help the Department finally begin to address this problem.”

“This funding will further the Department of Health’s efforts to improve the health of residents across the state,” said Assistant Commissioner Nashon Hornsby. “In particular, it will strengthen initiatives to reduce health disparities, particularly in the areas of black infant mortality, where rates are shamefully high compared to other populations.”