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CJFHC’s Connecting NJ and RWJUH Partner to Support Trauma Recovery and Community Wellness

Robert wood Johnson University Hosital

Central Jersey Family Health Consortium is proud to share an inspirational example of how CJFHC staff exemplifies the Consortium’s mission and vision to promote an equitable and healthy future for families through services and collaboration. Connecting NJ staff Allie Goldschlag Reinking, Early Childhood Specialist Supervisor, Ashley Watson, Community Alignment Specialist, and Kristina Montague, Connecting NJ Program Manager, collected and donated items to support an RWJUH patient, in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Emergency Department team and their level I Trauma Centers Hospital Violence Intervention Program (HVIP)

The patient, initially treated at RWJUH for crime-related, traumatic injuries, obtained housing after a long search with the support of HVIP and PRAB, another of HVIP’s community-based partners. When CJFHC and the RWJUH ED (Emergency Department) team learned about her wish list of household items for her new apartment, they sprang into action and obtained many of the needed items. 

CJFHC contributed by donating gift cards for her and another HVIP program member in need. In addition, Ashley Watson and Kristina Montague donated gently used clothing to another HVIP client’s son, after he and his mother had fled without the opportunity to pack. CJFHC is committed to serving the community, and through collaborations such as the HVIP project, helps families stride toward healthy futures. 

The HVIP assists trauma patients injured due to community violence in recovering from physical and emotional trauma by empowering them with skills, resources, and opportunities for positive change. CJFHC is proud to serve as a community partner for the HVIP, and to help provide these supports, resources and opportunities through program referrals, assisting with committee run events, and facilitating donations of goods. 

This partnership provides an extra layer of kindness that truly exemplifies how healthcare institutions and community partners can work together to provide care that extends beyond hospital walls. It demonstrates the power of collective impact in promoting equitable and healthy futures beyond medical needs. 

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