CJFHC has developed a compendium of maternal and child health presentations for professionals that can be conducted on site at facilities in the Central NJ region. Nursing Contact Hours are offered for each topic.
The Regional Child Care Health Consultants are available to provide advanced health and safety training, technical assistance, and consultation to licensed child care programs and registered family child care providers in the state of New Jersey. Priority service is given to providers that accept the NJ Child Care Subsidy Program and/or are enrolled in Grow NJ Kids. This program is funded by the NJ Division of Family Development Office of Child Care Operations.
To register for Health and Safety Trainings go to www.NJCCIS.com and use the advanced search by “Training Agency”-select “Central Jersey Family Health Consortium”.
For over 15 years, the Central Jersey Family Health Consortium (formerly Central New Jersey Maternal and Child Health Consortium) has worked with organizations in the NJ public health delivery system to develop, implement and evaluate programs to improve the health of women, infants, children and families. From group-level professional training to one-on-one technical assistance, we have assisted organizations, at the local, regional and state-level with a variety of program development, implementation and evaluation strategies and elements needed to create sound and valuable programs. These include:
Some of our most recent projects include the development, implementation and evaluation of a region-wide central intake system for home visiting programs, database development and data analysis of the NJDHSS statewide maternal mortality review program, implementation and evaluation of a childhood obesity prevention program, etc. Among our many projects, CJFHC collects and analyzes public health surveillance data from hospitals in the central region to monitor maternal and child health and assess program needs. CJFHC is responsible for designing and implementing and evaluating continuous quality improvement activities across the central region hospitals. Contact the Data and Evaluation Director for more information.
The Central Jersey Family Health Consortium established a Regional Perinatal Bereavement Task Force as part of the Fetal Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) Program of the New Jersey Department of Health. This Task Force is comprised of health care professionals and consumers from our region to address the needs of parents and families who have suffered a fetal or neonatal loss. Clergy, social workers, funeral directors, nurses, doctors, bereavement coordinators, mental health therapists and community program facilitators will have the opportunity to learn from each other so that we can better care for and minister to grieving parents and families.
In the past, guest speakers have included a funeral director, Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep photographer, NJ Tears parent representative and Circle of Life Children's Center (palliative care) representatives. Additional topics have included meeting standards of care for perinatal bereavement resources, community resources, professional resources and family education. In addition, the committee is working towards providing bereavement education for professionals in our region.
NJ Immunization Information System (NJIIS) - The Registry
The New Jersey Immunization Information System (NJIIS) is a secure web based program that health care providers can use to keep track of the vaccines they administer in their office, or view vaccines that other providers have administered. NJIIS serves as the official repository of Immunizations administered to children in New Jersey.
NJIIS is the official Immunization Registry per the Statewide Immunization Registry Act – NJAC 8:57 – 3. Any health care provider who administers vaccines to children less than 7 years of age is state mandated to enter these vaccines into NJIIS according to NJAC 8:57 – 3.16.
NJIIS is not only for children, it is a life span Registry. Any person who was born prior to January 1, 1998 can be enrolled in NJIIS at their health care provider (HCP) as long as they give consent to be part of NJIIS.
• Provider Trainings: Providers in the 6 CJFHC Counties (Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean and Somerset Counties) are trained to manually enter vaccines into NJIIS. School Nurses are trained to view the information in NJIIS for their students and Advanced Webinars are conducted for the existing NJIIS users to learn additional functions in the system.
• Quality Assurance: QA Specialists conduct routine audits of the providers who are currently using NJIIS comparing the providers medical record for their patients to the information in NJIIS. Discrepancies are reported back to the provider with instructions to complete the Online Immunization Record. The Quality Assurance Specialists also routinely merge duplicate patients, reset passwords for existing NJIIS users and answer general questions from providers.
• Education and Outreach: Conduct ongoing coordination with the appropriate executive and professional staff of the NJ Academy of Family Physicians (NJAFP) with the NJ Department of Health (NJDOH), Vaccine Preventable Disease Program (NJVPDP).
Vaccine Preventable Diseases:
The NJIIS program works with the NJDOH's Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Program in the dissemination of educational materials for healthcare providers and educators throughout our service region. To browse materials for ordering or obtain an individual brochure(s) click on the following link. If you are a healthcare provider or educator and are interested in ordering Perinatal Hepatitis B brochures, click here. For more information regarding the Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention Program visit NJ Department of Health Communicable Disease Service website.
HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection. It is recommended that adolescents get vaccinated by 11-12 years of age, and can be vaccinated as early as 9 years of age. With the high rates of HPV associated cancers and low HPV vaccine coverage rates in NJ, there is a need for continued education on HPV vaccination to prevent cancer including HPV prevalence and current ACIP HPV vaccine recommendations.
The CDC, offers a free web on-demand video which provides free CME, CNE, CE, CECH, and CPH credits for “You Are the Key to HPV Cancer Prevention” – Train the Trainer Course. Continuing education is available until October 26, 2019. You can access this course by clicking here.
Protect Your Baby For Life As part of the statewide Perinatal Addictions Prevention Project, education is provided for professionals and consumers regarding substance use before, during, and after pregnancy.
Education focuses on prevention and risk reduction to improve the health of women and children and their families. An Advisory Committee has also been established to address and coordinate Perinatal Addictions services, and provide education throughout the central region of New Jersey. This committee is comprised of professionals from treatment settings, prenatal care facilities, DYFS, Drug Court, and other community services.
In addition, a Coalition for Opioid Dependence and Pregnancy has been established to bridge gaps in services for pregnant women suffering with opioid addiction, to provide networking opportunities and current information regarding services and scientific findings. The Perinatal Addiction Prevention Project (PAPP) has also established a 6 week smoking cessation curriculum for women in their child bearing years. The content is supportive and didactic. In conjunction with the consumer groups, Nicotine Replacement Therapies (NRTs) will be prescribed as needed by qualified health care professionals. PAPP also promotes the use of a prenatal screening tool, called 4Ps Plus, for alcohol, tobacco, other drugs and domestic violence. The tool also offers appropriate intervention to address these maternal and fetal risk factors.
“Smoking Affects Your Baby” brochures are now available.
Smoking during pregnancy is identified as one of the greatest risk factors for premature birth and low birth weight. Exposure to 2nd and 3rd hand smoke also presents a risk for the pregnant woman and her baby. CJFHC has created a brochure to provide women and their families with the latest information on how smoking affects babies. It provides strategies to reduce smoke exposure and resources for nicotine addiction treatment.
Perinatal Mood Disorders PMD and PPD After Loss Education and Outreach is available to healthcare professionals in the Central Jersey Region.
The Central Jersey Family Health Consortium (CJFHC) Perinatal Mood Disorder (PMD) Follow Up Program assists at risk women by providing phone follow-up that links them with support and treatment services including community and social service resources. Staff is also available to answer questions and provide education and information to women and family members about Perinatal Mood Disorders.
For information about PMD Education and the PMD Follow Up Program, contact Charlotte Feeney at 732-937-5437, ext. 179.