School-based primary health care model for children with severe chronic illnesses

The Foundation's program, New Jersey Health Initiatives, was designed to support projects in New Jersey that develop new approaches to resolving the state's health care needs, focusing on the Foundation's goal areas.Under this project, a school-based primary care model will be created for children affected by severe chronic illnesses and disabilities (i.e., cerebral palsy, anoxic encephalopathy, seizure disorders, traumatic brain injuries, etc.). These children often lack access to comprehensive, coordinated health care, which leads to excessive testing, unnecessary visits to health care facilities, and inappropriate use of emergency rooms. A core team of providers (physician, pediatric nurse practitioner, and a social worker) will provide primary and specialized health care at the school, or, after school hours, at two local hospitals. Their goal is to serve approximately 100 children in year 1, 200 in year 2, and 300 in year 3; and ultimately reduce emergency room visits and hospital days by 50 percent, and reduce school absences by 25 percent.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $230,000.00

Awarded on: 10/25/1996

Time frame: 11/1/1996 - 10/31/1999

Grant Number: 30433


Children's Specialized Hospital Foundation Inc.

150 New Providence Road
Mountainside, 07092-2590


Ave O. Gozo
Project Director