The Horizon Foundation For New Jersey Awards $1,364,000 In Grants

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happyThe Horizon Foundation for New Jersey announced today that it has awarded $1,364,000 in grants to 56 New Jersey non-profit organizations. With these final grant awards in 2014, the Foundation awarded 133 grants totaling $3,892,250.

“The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey proudly supports community-based organizations across New Jersey,” said Robert A. Marino, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey Chairman & CEO and Foundation Chairman and President. “Our most recent grantees deliver programs and services that help New Jersey residents lead healthier, more fulfilling lives.”

Since its inception in 2004, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey has awarded 1,097 grants totaling more than $38 million to support New Jersey non-profit organizations.

The Foundation awarded the following 56 grants at its December 2014 Board meeting:

Aljira, in Newark, received a $15,000 general operating support grant to fund free educational programs, gallery talks, films and performances.

American Heart Association, in Robbinsville, received a $100,000, two-year grant to support New Jersey Multicultural Initiatives: Building a Culture of Health, which will enroll participants from diverse communities in programs to manage hypertension, improve dietary choices and increase cardiovascular health awareness.

Appel Farm Arts and Music Center, in Elmer, received a $10,000 general operating support grant to fund arts education programming.

Art House Productions, in Jersey City, received a $10,000 general operating support grant to fund art exhibits and after-school arts education programming.

Arthritis Foundation, in Iselin, received a $26,000 grant to support the New Jersey Walk with Ease/Arthritis Gout Prevention and Management program, which provides a series of educational programs, webinars and online tools that underscore physical activity and weight control as the two most important self-management strategies to decrease arthritis and gout-related pain and improve function levels.

Botto House American Labor Museum, in Haledon, received a $10,000 grant to support the Saturday Arts Program, which provides free arts education workshops for children in grades 3-5 in Paterson and surrounding communities.

Cape Assist, in Wildwood, received a $25,000 grant to support the Wellness Initiative for Senior Education (WISE), which provides health education workshops for senior citizens on such topics as managing chronic health conditions, safe use of medications and completing health-related forms.

Catholic Charities Diocese of Trenton, in Trenton, received a $20,000 grant to support Project Hope: Health and Wellness Education and Prevention Services, which provides economically disadvantaged residents of Ocean County with case management, assistance in navigating the health care system, free health screenings and educational workshops to promote healthy living.

Children’s Aid and Family Services, in Paramus, received a $25,000 grant to fund the Youth Support Outreach Project, which provides teens and young adults transitioning from foster homes with case management, prevention and wellness education and services, and assistance in accessing health care.

Children’s Futures, in Trenton, received a $50,000 grant to support the Health Education Literacy Project, which provides culturally and linguistically appropriate health literacy education to residents of Mercer County.

Children’s Home Society of New Jersey, in Trenton, received a $25,000 grant to support the Trenton Women’s Literacy Project, a bi-lingual health literacy program for low-income and immigrant women residing in the Trenton area, which offers health assessments and screenings, assistance in securing health care, and prevention and wellness education workshops.

Christ the King Preparatory School, in Newark, received a $30,000 grant for the Health Literacy Program, which provides students and their families with a nutrition curriculum, fitness opportunities, disease prevention and treatment information, and assistance with navigating the health care system and accessing health care.

Community Hope, in Parsippany, received a $15,000 grant to support the Enhanced Health Services for High-Risk Veterans program, which provides mental and behavioral health care and rehabilitation services to veterans of all ages.

Cooper’s Ferry Partnership, in Camden, received a $25,000 grant to support the Roosevelt Plaza Park project. The grant will fund development of community and rain gardens in the Park.

Covenant House New Jersey, in Newark, received a $20,000 grant to support the CHNJ Mental Health Program, which provides comprehensive mental health services for homeless youth in Essex, Hudson, Monmouth and Union counties.

CPC Behavioral Health, in Eatontown, received a $20,000 grant to support the Creative Arts Therapy for Circle of Friends Children’s Program, which provides creative arts therapy to children suffering from mental and behavioral disorders.

Diabetes Foundation, in Paramus, received a $15,000 grant to support the Expanded Diabetes Community Outreach and Medication Assistance and Support Services program, which provides uninsured and low-income patients with short-term diabetes medication and supplies, assists them in finding longer-term assistance and provides disease management education and services.

Enright Melanoma Foundation, in Summit, received a $15,000 grant to support the Enright Sun Safety Certification program, which raises awareness and provides education on sun safety practices and melanoma prevention and provides certification to those completing the education program.

Family & Community Services of Somerset County, in Bound Brook, received a $16,000 grant to support the Clinical and Psychiatric Services for Depression program, which provides mental health assessments and treatment services for youth and adults.

GlassRoots, in Newark, received a $10,000 general operating support grant to fund after-school and summer arts programming for Newark-area youth.

Greater Newark Conservancy, in Newark, received a $20,000 grant to support the Nutrition Education Program, which encourages better nutrition by providing education, gardening activities and access to fresh produce.

Greater Newark Health Care Coalition, in Newark, received a $50,000 grant to support the Healthy Greater Newark ACO Care Coordination, Health Literacy & Navigation program. The grant will fund the hiring and training of a community health worker.

Hispanic Family Center of Southern New Jersey, in Camden, received a $30,000 grant to support the Pediatric Asthma Prevention Program, which engages families through culturally-appropriate outreach and provides them with prevention education workshops and home-based case management services for asthma.

HomeFront, in Lawrenceville, received a $25,000 grant to support the Health Access Team Program, which provides low-income or homeless parents and their children with assistance in finding primary health care services, support navigating the health care system and help in handling medical crises.

Jersey City Economic Development Corporation, in Jersey City, received a $20,000 grant to support the Jersey City Adopt-a-Lot Community Gardens. The grant will fund infrastructure enhancements at eight community gardens throughout the City.

Jewish Family Service of Atlantic County, in Margate City, received a $25,000 grant to support the Advance Your Health program, a partnership with the South Jersey Family Medical Center that provides case management services for individuals who are frequent users of acute medical services.

Junior Achievement of New Jersey, in Princeton, received a $45,000, three-year grant to support the Enhancing the Economic Health and Long-Term Well-Being of NJ’s Students program, which teaches 5th and 6th grade students about economics. The grant will fund a Wellness Center and health literacy materials in the simulated city of Biz Town that the students visit to role play and create a successful economy after receiving classroom instruction.

La Casa de Don Pedro, in Newark, received a $15,000 grant for the Living Healthy Initiative, which provides comprehensive health services for adults and children, including health screenings and health education seminars.

Literacy New Jersey, in Metuchen, received an $11,000 grant to support the Health Literacy ESL Conversation Groups program. The grant will fund the development of a new 8-week health literacy curriculum for English as a Second Language (ESL) conversation groups.

Mill Hill Child and Family Development Corporation, in Trenton, received a $16,000 grant to support the Springboard Health Literacy program, which provides health literacy education and tools for children and their caregivers.

Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, in Fort Lee, received a $10,000 grant to support the Healthy Chinese New Year program. The grant will fund the development of a nutrition and exercise curriculum and program for the dance company’s educational residencies in K-12 schools and community dance workshops for youth.

New Jersey Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics, in Hamilton, received a $50,000 grant to support the Increasing Health Literacy by Improving Cultural Competency of Pediatric Residents program, which provides health literacy training to pediatric residents through workshops, publications and online resources to help them understand the challenges and strategies of providing culturally responsive and effective health care.

New Jersey Council of Teaching Hospitals, in Trenton, received a $47,000 grant to support the Building Curriculum: Improving the Healthcare Workforce and Reducing Care Costs program. The grant will fund the development of a comprehensive communications skills training curriculum for medical school students that teaches how to effectively and productively communicate with patients in a socially and culturally competent manner.

New Jersey Theatre Alliance, in West Orange, received a $25,000 grant to support The Stages Festival, a state-wide, month-long series of free or low-cost programs that introduce children and adults to theater.

Newark Boys Chorus School, in Newark, received a $30,000 general operating support grant to fund the concert touring program and new academic initiatives.

Newark Public Radio, in Newark, received a $75,000 general operating support grant to fund the station’s local news and programming.

Newark Renaissance House, in Newark, received a $25,000 grant to support the Maternal, Infant and Child Mental Health Services program, which provides comprehensive mental health services for women residents of Newark Renaissance House and their children ages 0-4 years.

Ocean Community Economic Action Now, in Toms River, received a $20,000 grant for the Fit Kids-Healthy and Active Living Obesity Outreach Program, which provides nutrition and fitness education workshops for children and their families in Ocean County Head Start Centers.

Paper Mill Playhouse, in Millburn, received a $15,000 grant to support The Adopt-A-School Project, which will fund arts education at Thomas Jefferson Arts Academy in Elizabeth.

Perkins Center for the Arts, in Moorestown, received a $15,000 grant to support the Arts Reaching the Students (ARTS) In-School Artist in Residence Program, which provides South Jersey schools with long-term artist residencies that engage students in the visual and performing arts.

Philip’s Education Partners, in Newark, received a $15,000 grant to support the EcoSPACES program, a multi-faceted healthy eating and physical activity initiative that incorporates classroom lessons, a rooftop garden, teaching kitchen, indoor farming lab and healthy lunch program.

Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, in Madison, received a $10,000 grant to support the Newark Young Writer’s Project, which supports creative writing residencies in 23 schools and community centers in Newark.

Princeton Senior Resource Center, in Princeton, received a $15,000 grant to support the Living Healthy for Older Adults program, which provides comprehensive prevention, education and early intervention activities for older adults in the greater Princeton area.

Puerto Rican Unity for Progress, in Camden, received at $15,000 grant for Proyecto Salud, which provides health screenings and health education workshops for low-income Hispanic residents of Camden City.

Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts, in Millville, received a $10,000 general operating support grant to fund arts education programming and arts exhibitions.

Robins’ Nest, in Glassboro, received a $25,000 grant to support the Mental and Behavioral Health Screenings for Adolescents and Young Adults program, which provides mental and behavioral health screenings, assessments and referrals for outpatient services.

St. Benedict’s Preparatory School, in Newark, received a $20,000 grant to support the Student Counseling Department program, which assesses the psychological, emotional and behavioral needs of incoming students and provides counseling to students, their parents and community members.

Saint Vincent Academy, in Newark, received a $24,000 grant for the Women’s Wellness Plus program, which addresses students’ emotional and mental health issues, educates students about healthy eating habits and offers physical fitness activities.

Shiloh Community Development Corporation, in Trenton, received a $25,000 grant to support the Mercer County Chronic Disease Self-Management and Early Detection Program, which provides screenings and self-management workshops for chronic diseases in low-income Trenton neighborhoods.

Trenton Children’s Chorus, in Trenton, received a $10,000 general operating support grant to fund after-school programming.

Trenton Community Music School, in Trenton, received a $10,000 general operating support grant to fund year-round music instruction and performance programs for low-income students in the Trenton area.

Twin Oaks Community Services, in Mt. Holly, received a $24,000 grant to support the Veteran’s Haven Clinical Service program, which provides mental health services to New Jersey veterans.

United Way of Essex and West Hudson, in Newark, received a $50,000 grant for the Community Health Program, which provides community-based health education programs and health literacy services.

Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey, in Red Bank, received a $25,000 grant to support the School-Based Nurse Practitioner Health Services Program, which funds an in-school nurse practitioner to provide screenings, prevention education, chronic disease management and assistance in navigating the health care system.

West Bergen Mental Healthcare, in Ridgewood, received a $25,000 grant to support the Children’s Depression Intervention program, which provides affordable depression screening, treatment and medication management services for children.

Youth Development Clinic of Newark, in Newark, received a $10,000 grant to support the Window of Opportunity: Identifying and Treating Depression in Urban Children program, which provides screening and counseling services for children and their families and teacher training to identify the signs and symptoms of depression.

About the Foundation:
The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey is committed to working alongside those who can help us improve our neighbors’ health, inform their health decisions and inspire them to lead healthier, more fulfilling lives. The Foundation’s new funding pillars are Caring, Connecting and Creating. Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey is the sole member of The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, both of which are independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. For more information please visit http://www.Horizonblue.com/Foundation

National Foundation For Infectious Diseases Supports 2014 National Influenza Vaccination Week

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newsThe National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) and the Childhood Influenza Immunization Coalition (CIIC) emphasize the need for strong recommendations from all healthcare professionals as a key step to increase annual influenza (flu) vaccination rates.

In support of 2014 National Influenza Vaccination Week (December 7 to December 13), the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) and the Childhood Influenza Immunization Coalition (CIIC) call on all healthcare professionals to strengthen efforts to educate parents about the importance of annual flu vaccination for children age 6 months and older.

Each year in the U.S., approximately 20,000 children under 5 years of age are hospitalized from flu-related complications. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) there were reports of more than 400 flu-related deaths in children over the last four years. Forty-seven percent of last season’s reported 109 pediatric deaths occurred in children with no prior health problems.

“In general, the overwhelming majority of the children who die from influenza are not vaccinated and nearly half have no prior health problems,” said Carol J. Baker, MD, CIIC Chair and Professor of Pediatrics, Molecular Virology and Microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine. “Parents need to be reminded every year about influenza vaccination, and research tells us that healthcare professionals have the greatest influence over parents’ vaccination decisions. With flu season upon us, now is the time for healthcare professionals to make their voices loud and clear to parents.”

While influenza vaccination rates among children have increased over the past five years, Dr. Baker stresses that more work is needed to ensure all children are protected against influenza each and every year. Some children 6 months through 8 years of age may need two doses of flu vaccine to be fully protected.

Help #FightFlu – Give the Gift of Health
In an effort to heighten awareness around the upcoming holiday season, NFID launched a social media campaign including a series of shareable visuals around flu and pneumococcal disease prevention. While humorous, these visuals convey a serious message. Each year in the U.S., tens of thousands needlessly suffer, are hospitalized, and even die as a result of vaccine-preventable diseases. The worst gift you can give for the holidays is one of these infections, such as influenza or pneumococcal disease. Getting vaccinated can help you protect your own health and the health of your loved ones. For more information, visit nfid.org/gift-of-health.

About the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases
The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1973 dedicated to educating the public and healthcare professionals about the causes, treatment, and prevention of infectious diseases across the lifespan. Created by NFID in 2007, the Childhood Influenza Immunization Coalition (CIIC) is a coalition of more than 30 leading medical, public health, and parent organizations brought together by NFID to help address and improve influenza immunization rates among children. For more information, visit preventchildhoodinfluenza.org.

Kids II Foundation Announces 2014 Pink Power Moms

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newsAnnual program honors eight moms and breast cancer survivors making a difference.

The Kids II Foundation’s Pink Power Mom Network has named eight breast cancer survivors from the United States and Canada as the 2014 Pink Power Moms. The awardees, all breast cancer survivors, were selected for their focus on community and compassion to support patients and their families, in addition to excelling in their most important role – being a mom.

The moms were chosen from hundreds of heartfelt nominations submitted from across the United States and, for the first time, Canada. Now in its seventh year, Pink Power Mom is a nonprofit that annually honors eight remarkable women who have used their breast cancer fight as a catalyst to make a difference in the breast cancer community by founding and/or supporting local and global initiatives. Each mom will receive $9,000 for her charity of choice, allowing them to continue serving as community activists, sources of inspiration and premier patient advocates.

Established by the Kids II Foundation, Pink Power Mom has become an instrumental lifetime resource to network members, their families and the charities the Pink Power Moms have created or supported through this unique program. The program’s executive director, Heidi Floyd, said, “Pink Power Moms has become a strong network for survivor-led empowerment. The network’s pay-it-forward approach empowers moms to meet unaddressed needs in their communities.”

The Pink Power Mom Network, created to be a support network for moms on a breast cancer journey, includes authors, speakers, and tireless advocates. Pink Power Moms are selected by employees of Kids II and an advisory community of fellow survivors based on their community work and steadfast commitment to the cause.

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Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation Celebrates 5th Anniversary

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I am very proud to be associated with the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, who is now celebrating their 5th anniversary. This organization has made such progress educating families on healthy lifestyle – teaching about energy balance.

Please view their new video below which will explain in greater detail the outstanding work they have completed in just 5 years.

The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, a CEO-led organization, is a national, multi-year effort designed to help reduce obesity–especially childhood obesity–by 2015. It’s a first-of-its kind coalition that brings together more than 255 retailers, food and beverage manufacturers, restaurants, sporting goods and insurance companies, trade associations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and professional sports organizations. The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF) promotes ways to help people achieve a healthy weight through energy balance–calories in and calories out. It focuses its efforts on two critical areas—families and schools.