COVID-19 Community Education Initiative

The COVID-19 pandemic illustrates the need for trusted resources of health information, especially during a health crisis.

The Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey is a regional grantee of the NJ Department of Health’s Expansion Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity (ELC) grant.  This initiative funds community-based organizations to develop and implement effective health communication and community engagement strategies to respond to the COVID-19 infectious disease needs of the most vulnerable populations throughout Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic, Sussex, Union, and Warren Counties.  The funding supports community-based organizations’  strategies to provide COVID-19 health education and community engagement using Community Health Workers.

In Memoriam: Colette Lamothe-Galette

The Colette Lamothe-Galette Community Health Worker Institute was established by New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH), Division of Family Health Services in May 2020 to honor the memory of Colette Lamothe-Galette who was a public health champion and hero, and one of NJ’s finest public health leaders, known to all in the public health community for dedicating her life’s work to eliminating health disparities and addressing health equity.  Sadly, New Jersey lost Colette to complications of COVID-19 in April 2020.  The Institute has established an apprenticeship training program for community health workers, critical personnel and allies needed on the front lines of COVID-19 response.

These community health workers are well poised to support the ELC CARES Enhancement activities as part of the COVID-19 response, in the ways listed below.

Key Priorities

  • Support Communities by developing and engaging community health workers, who will identify vulnerable populations and connect them to needed resources.
  • Identify Resources using technology and strategic partnerships.
  • Engage and Protect Families by expanding available resources to include diagnostic testing sites and vaccination sites in vulnerable communities.

Activities

  • Train community health workers to assist in increasing contact tracing efforts
  • Assist with COVID-19 surveillance among vulnerable populations
  • Implement prevention strategies within vulnerable, diverse populations
  • Identify and secure alternative testing sites and vaccination sites for COVID-19
  • Develop COVID-19 community health workers, promoters, sponsors and champions in support of vaccination efforts

We are pleased to work with the following organizations to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Centro Comunitario CEUS
  • Church World Service Jersey City
  • Elizabethport Presbyterian Center
  • Health Coalition of Passaic County
  • International Rescue Committee
  • Jefferson Park Ministries, Inc
  • Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence
  • New Community Corporation
  • New Destiny Family Success Centers, Inc.
  • NJ 211 Partnership
  • Saint James Health
  • South Ward Promise Neighborhood
  • Spring Street Community Development Corporation 
  • Willing Heart Community Care Center

Getting Involved