Over $800,000 Awarded To State Health Organizations For Infection Prevention

By: Katie Francis, Follow South Jersey News Reporting Intern

Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Photo credit: Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Facebook page.

TRENTON, N.J. — The New Jersey Department of Health is awarding over $800,000 to four state health organizations to support infection prevention and control education among healthcare personnel.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Project Firstline gave the funds to the Department’s Communicable Disease Service in order to build infection prevention capacity throughout New Jersey.

According to a press release from the New Jersey Department of Health, this funding is for each of the grantees to create and distribute dedicated infection prevention training to their target audience. It also highlighted the importance of infection control in safe healthcare delivery and in all healthcare settings.

The New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA) is one of the grantees and was awarded $211,750 of the $801,200 total funding. The NJHA is a not-for-profit trade organization that supports and provides service to state hospitals, health systems and other healthcare providers.

Healthcare Association of New Jersey, which promotes high quality health care services for New Jersey residents in long term care facilities such as elderly and disabled residents, will receive $211,793 of the grant.

The New Jersey Association of County and City Health Officials (NJACCHO) was given $154,016 of the funding. According to their website, NJACCHO improves the health of communities “by strengthening and advocating for local health departments by providing professional resources and supporting local public health practice and systems.”

Most of the funding, $223,641, is going to Rutgers Project ECHO. According to Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School’s website, the project “is to build collaborative communities to overcome health care disparities…Project ECHO helps create expanded access and reduce the cost of specialty care for underserved patients in New Jersey.”

State Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli reinforced the importance of proper healthcare education. “We are pleased to help support these organizations to ensure infection prevention basics are taught in a variety of healthcare settings to a wide range of personnel,” she said.

For more information, visit the NJDOH press release, the NJDOH website, and the CDC’s website.

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