New Jersey Minority and Multicultural Health Office
369 Warren and Market St. PO Box 360, Trenton, NJ 08625
(609) 292-6962 (Phone)
(609) 292-8713 (Fax)
The Office of Minority and Multicultural Health is committed to helping people in diverse communities live longer, healthier lives while leading the effort to reduce and eliminate health disparities in New Jersey. The office ultimately works to increase access to high quality health care for minority populations.
Grant Project Information
FY 10 State Partnership Grant Program to Improve Minority Health
The purpose of this State Partnership project is to expand and improve upon its initiative to reduce health disparities in New Jersey. It is a collaborative effort involving operational divisions and units of the department between minorities and health care providers. New Jersey's health disparities are a result of many factors, including a language barrier and a lack of insurance among minority populations, which presents barriers to accessing and navigating the healthcare system. To address these issues, the project will strengthen, evaluate and develop new alliances among divisions/programs in the department to develop policies for a comprehensive infrastructure, which targets racial and ethnic populations. It will maintain existing and support new partnerships with community-based organizations that have a minority health agenda to maximize outreach and increase awareness of health disparities. The project will develop and enhance departmental objectives for improving health outcomes and access for racial and ethnic populations through the promotion and implementation of evidence-based strategies and programs. It will also introduce strategies for improving cultural and linguistic competency of health services and enhance the data collection systems within the Department of Health and Senior Services. The intended outcomes include increasing partnerships between the DHSS divisions/programs and increasing population-specific objectives, which may be tracked by race and ethnicity. In order to determine if such outcomes are reached, the project will collect such data as the number of DHSS policies or systems changes achieved, and number of persons served by the community before and after the project. Products will include DHSS policy and procedures, training tools, survey instruments, monitoring tools, data briefs, resource guides and evaluation reports. The evaluation will consist of semi-structured interviews, and qualitative and quantitative questionnaires to assess progress of each major project objective and activity.
OMH objective(s) toward which the project's results most contribute:
- Increased awareness, education, and outreach to address racial/ethnic minority health and health disparities problems
- Improved access to, and appropriate utilization of, health and 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)
Key Healthy People 2010 objectives or subobjectives toward which your project's results most contribute (see Appendix 3 of OMH's Evaluation Planning Guidelines):
Healthy People objectives were not identified.