Since its inception in 1996, when Newark Beth Israel Medical Center was sold to Barnabas Health, the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey (HFNJ) has been dedicated to carrying out the Jewish imperatives of tzedaka and tikkun olam through philanthropy in Greater Newark and the Jewish community of MetroWest New Jersey. The Foundation’s original mission of working to reduce disparities and increase access to quality healthcare for the most vulnerable among us, regardless of ethnic background or economic status, remains a passion to this day. To that end, the Foundation has awarded more than $120 million in grants to area hospitals, long term care facilities, academic institutions and community organizations to date.
In 1996-97, HFNJ seeded the first school-based health centers in the City of Newark with a $389,080 grant to Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. When Newark Israel Beth transitioned out of the project some years later, HFNJ recruited Jewish Renaissance Medical Center to assume leadership and expand the program even further. In total, the Foundation has awarded approximately $5 million to establish and support Newark school-based health centers, and their work in this arena continues.
Learn more: www.hfnj.org