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North Jersey AIDS Alliance, d.b.a. NJCRI

Grantee Information

North Jersey AIDS Alliance, d.b.a. NJCRI
393 Central Avenue Newark, NJ 07103
(973) 483-3444 (Phone)
(973) 849-0117 (Fax)

NJCRI is a community based organization (CBO) that has been serving the minority and disadvantaged population of certain counties in North Jersey since 1988. Their mission is to help people with HIV and those at risk for HIV infection. Their prevention and education services include an HIV Prevention and Positives program, prevention outreach, and HIV counseling/testing/referral.

Grant Project Information

Community Health Expansion Technical Assistance (CHETA) $224,999
Robert Baxter
(973) 483-3444 x132


The purpose of project CHETA is to provide a comprehensive technical assistance service package for the organizational development of CBOs, conduct monthly workshops and host an annual substance abuse conference. Project CHETA will also help CBOs develop their capacity to apply and compete for and effectively manage government contracts to provide services to individuals and their families. The target area, the Newark Eligible Metropolitan area, is disproportionately impacted by the HIV epidemic, particularly the minority/ethnic population. For example, African Americans account for 22 percent of the target area’s general population, but 72 percent of its HIV cases. Project CHETA will focus on the populations that are most adversely affected by HIV/AIDS, and those populations that lack the necessary resources to deal with HIV/AIDS. They plan on implementing the following strategies, practices or interventions:

  • Outreach to agencies with a focus on CBOs that are minority organizations or which serve a culturally and ethnically diverse target population,
  • A one-on-one technical assistance assessment to develop work plans for the agencies,
  • Trainings that will provide the participants with the appropriate programmatic skills and
  • An annual substance abuse conference targeting providers working in the field of HIV/AIDS, mental health and substance abuse.
Project CHETA expects the following outcomes:
  • Identify high-risk minority communities with recognized gaps in services for patients with HIV/AIDS,
  • Identify the existing capacity for delivering HIV-related services and compare with surveillance data
  • Identify specific CBOs to join the program,
  • Increase the number of CBOs and minority-serving organizations with the programmatic capacity to provide appropriate HIV/AIDS services,
  • Increase the potential for sustainability of CBMSOs through systems change,
  • Increase the number of CBOs with the administrative and programmatic capacity to successfully compete for funding,
  • Increase reach and quality of partners’ services and
  • Increase linkages to provide prevention and care.

In collaboration with a Rutgers University evaluation team, the program will track such performance indicators as the number of CBOs served and the type of technical assistance interventions provided, as well as consultant recommendations. The evaluation team will conduct both process and outcome evaluation for the four principle activities of outreach to agencies/recruitment, workshops, one-one technical assistance and the annual conference.

OMH objective(s) towards which the project's results most contribute
  • Increased awareness, education, & outreach to address racial/ethnic minority health & health disparities problems
  • Improved access to, and appropriate utilization of, health & other community-based services and systems through user-centered design for racial/ethnic minorities (e.g., health IT, culturally/ linguistically appropriate services, service provider education/ training, workforce diversity)
  • Strengthened leadership and coordination to leverage resources and enhance effectiveness and efficiency of individual and collective efforts (including, but not limited to, research and data)

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