New Jersey Nonprofit Community Health Centers Get Boost with Money and Meds

Improving New Jersey's community health centers

From October 2000 through March 2005, staff at the Community Healthcare Resource Center of New Jersey worked to improve the performance and viability of New Jersey's network of local nonprofit community health centers. The resource center is a nonprofit technical assistance service created and partly staffed by the Community Foundation of New Jersey.

Key Results

  • Center staff forged a formal commitment among community and public health centers in East Orange to create a network — known as the East Orange and Orange Community Health Partnership — to improve the delivery of primary care while sharing resources.
  • Center staff established MedAccess-New Jersey, an initiative to promote simplified access for community health centers to prescription medications offered by pharmaceutical companies' patient assistance programs.
  • The Community Healthcare Resource Center of New Jersey served as a "re-granting" agency, directing more than $680,000 in 17 grants over two years to community health centers, to assist in efforts to improve their facilities and services.
  • Center staff partnered with the New Jersey Primary Care Association to create a Community Health Training Initiative, providing ongoing education and development opportunities to staff at community health centers.
  • Center staff assisted the Plainfield Health Center (which serves the medical and dental needs of 22,000 people living in Union and Middlesex counties) in establishing a nonprofit foundation to raise funds to sustain the center's programs and to build an endowment for it.

The Community Healthcare Resource Center of New Jersey disbanded at the end of the grant because the Community Foundation of New Jersey could not obtain philanthropic funding for administrative expenses.

Funding
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) supported this initiative of the Community Foundation of New Jersey with an unsolicited grant of $500,000 to support the work of the resource center.