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Sires, Menendez, and Booker Announce Over $1M to Reduce Infant Mortality Rate in NJ

Mar 10, 2020
Press Release

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Congressman Albio Sires (N.J.-08), along with U.S. Senators Bob Menendez, a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee that sets national health policy, and Cory Booker, today announced the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will award $1,122,899 to Newark Community Health Centers, Inc. to boost its efforts in reducing the infant mortality rate, and improve the health of women, infants and children.

“For over thirty years, Newark Community Health Centers has provided dedicated and quality health care to the residents of the greater Newark area,” said Rep. Sires. “This grant will support services and resources for underserved mothers and children, granting service providers the ability to administer the high-quality care these families deserve and need.”

“We must continue investing in vulnerable communities so we can ensure women of all backgrounds have the resources to bring a healthy child into the world,” said Sen. Menendez. “Children in every zip code deserve the same opportunity for a healthy and successful life and that begins with expanding access to affordable and quality health care.”

“We already know that communities of color like Newark disproportionally suffer poorer health outcomes on everything from chronic conditions to maternal and child health,” said Sen. Booker. “Federal funding like this can begin to stem the rising tide of maternal mortality and close the egregious racial gaps that exist in maternal and infant health outcomes.”

HHS’ Healthy Start programs are targeted to the needs of vulnerable mothers and infants in areas of the country with disproportionately high rates of infant mortality and high rates of low birthweight, preterm birth and maternal mortality. Through the program, organizations reach out to pregnant women and new mothers and connects them with the health care and other resources they need to nurture their children.