By: Kaitlyn Kudriavetz, Follow South Jersey Child Welfare Intern
CLEMENTON, N.J. — New Jersey First Lady Tammy Murphy has launched a series of mini family festivals as part of her Nurture NJ initiative, which aims to connect families with additional state and local resources in order to help resolve New Jersey’s maternal and infant health crisis.
The mini family festivals will be hosted at hospitals and health centers throughout the state over the next few months thanks to a number of different partnerships between the state and organizations, including Capital Health, CAMCare, Horizon NJ Health and the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission.
These events are open for everyone, but certain services require registration ahead of time. The upcoming mini family festivals are Wednesday, June 30 at CAMcare in Paulsboro and Wednesday, July 28 at CAMCare in Clementon.
“Since launching in 2018, our Family Festival series has been incredibly successful at connecting families with community, state, and federal resources to combat New Jersey’s maternal and infant health crisis,” the First Lady said. “Our Mini Family Festival series aims to take our approach a step further and meet mothers and families in trusted locations they access frequently, like hospitals and health care centers. Transportation is a major social determinant of health and by bringing a combination of resources to these targeted locations, we are enabling our mothers and babies to receive comprehensive care and critical information all in one location.”
Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, First Lady Murphy had held seven large Family Festivals in which she connected 5,500 families with 600 providers throughout the state.
“With New Jersey turning a positive corner in our recovery from the pandemic, we are so excited to see the return of First Lady Tammy Murphy’s Family Festivals,” Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver, who also serves as the Commissioner of New Jersey’s Department of Community Affairs, said. “While the upcoming festivals will be a bit smaller in scale as people get used to gathering again, they are just as important in connecting our families with important resources such as motor vehicle services that they can use to improve their everyday lives.”
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This article was produced by a Follow South Jersey news intern thanks to a grant provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through the New Jersey Health Initiatives program to create hyper-local news to meet the informational and health needs of the City of Bridgeton, N.J.