Trenton, NJ 08625-0360
T. DiFerdinando, Jr., MD, MPH|
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Department of Health and Senior Services
TRENTON - The Department of Health and Senior Services has produced a special calendar of events for September - Eliminating Health Disparities - showcasing a wide range of diverse health programs statewide in recognition of September as Minority Health Month in New Jersey.
"Eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities in health access
and outcomes in New Jersey has always been a priority of the department,"
said Acting Commissioner George T. DiFerdinando, Jr., M.D. "This
calendar of events will help increase the public's awareness of medical
conditions and health issues that effect every racial and ethnic population
in New Jersey - and provide opportunities for people to get involved in
improving their own health."
"The many programs reflect the diverse population groups that comprise New Jersey as well as the many medical conditions that affect the different racial and ethnic groups," said Linda Holmes, the department's executive director for the newly renamed Office of Minority and Multicultural Health - which produced the calendar.
Acting Governor Donald T. DiFrancesco signed legislation August 8th that will expand the scope and breadth of the Office of Minority and Multicultural Health besides its name change from the Office of Minority Health. The office's increased responsibilities, said Holmes, will include identifying and working with government and community organizations to develop innovative outreach and prevention projects that will help eliminate health disparities among racial and ethnic populations.
Following is a sampling of events in the calendar throughout the month
and around the state:
The calendar was distributed to over 1,500 organizations statewide and
is also available by calling 609-292-6962.
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