SJIPH To Award $250,000 In Microgrants To Local Projects

By: Follow South Jersey Staff

CAMDEN, N.J. — Twelve teams of researchers from Rutgers University-Camden, Rowan University and various local nonprofits presented and workshopped proposals for research projects related to population health challenges in southern New Jersey at the South Jersey Institute for Population Health (SJIPH) on October 1.

SJIPH will allocate more than $250,000 in grant funds for a variety of research projects that will address and enhance population health in South Jersey.

Attendees observed and connected with academics and community organizations working in fields related to population health in southern New Jersey. They were able to watch small teams advance their projects in collaboration with an expert facilitator. The “Sandbox” event created a space for the needs of individual communities to intersect with higher education.

“We are extremely excited to see this first round of funding opportunities get underway and for the growth of the innovative South Jersey Institute for Population Health to really begin,” Dana Redd, CEO of the Rowan University/Rutgers-Camden Board of Governors, said. “And when I say ‘we,’ I am speaking on behalf of the institute’s leadership, oversight committee, logistical team and the incredible facilitators.”

The funded projects are related to health and health equity, and cover a wide range of populations including infants, mothers, adolescents, LGBTQ individuals, adults with intellectual disabilities, recently incarcerated individuals, housing insecure populations, food insecure populations and drug users. The projects target the cities of Camden, Glassboro, Salem and Atlantic City, along with several southern New Jersey counties. The projects cover an array of content including program implementation, mapping impact of drug use, youth soccer programs, digital equality, perinatal depression, vaccine hesitancy, health needs assessments, housing in Camden, food policy, data integration and the effects of COVID-19 on mental health.

“The mission of the institute is to advance collaborative, community-engaged research that improves health and promotes health equity across southern New Jersey,” Redd added. “The theme for today’s event is partnerships and projects in the spirit of collaboration and the discovery of knowledge leading to stronger, healthier and more resilient communities.”

The event encompassed faculty from Rowan, Rutgers-Camden, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Drexel and Stockton, and community partners including: Revive South Jersey, Bridgeton PAL, Inspira Health Network, Drive Consulting, Family Resource Network – Center on Nutrition and Disability, Camden City Public Housing Authority, Cooper University Healthcare, South Jersey AIDS Education and Training Center, C.R.O.P.S: Communities Revolutionizing Open Public Spaces, Camden County Correctional Facility, Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, Hopeworks, Strategic Billing Enterprise, Gloucester County Health Department, Southern New Jersey Perinatal Cooperative, Jefferson Washington Township Hospital, CGS Family Partnership, National Association for the Dually Diagnosis and Partners in Health. 

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