The Partnership is a non-profit organization, governed by health care professionals and consumers. The organization’s staff addresses the medical, social and mental health needs of women and children in 9 counties, with a focus on the largest cities in the state, including Elizabeth, Paterson, Jersey City and Newark. The Partnership has established a Central Intake System for Union county that is designed to find resources and enroll women and families in need of women and children’s services.
The Community Health Workers (CHW) will strategically conduct outreach in neighborhoods where residents are less likely to seek or have access to medical care. CHW’s will seek to find uninsured women, and their families, and enroll them into the healthcare system. By enrolling pregnant women and women of child bearing age in prenatal and pediatric care services, they will be supporting individuals who have chronic and acute medical and emotional conditions.
The use of the Central Intake System (System) is extremely important because it will create a county-wide system of referrals that will connect women, who are pregnant or of child bearing age, to services such as home visitation programs, including the Nurse-Family Partnership, Healthy Families and Parents as Teachers. The System will aid in accessing the most appropriate services in an efficient manner through referrals which will help to eliminate duplication of efforts and services.
The Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern NJ has already secured formal agreements with community-based organizations to provide referrals and continues to establish new collaborations with the public and private sectors, along with agencies in Union County.
“As members of the Community Advisory Board of Union County, we at United Way think its important to assist in any way we can to meet the health needs of underserved communities. As a strategic partner, the Partnership will serve women who might otherwise not get the prenatal and medical care they need. It is our hope to facilitate and support their initiative,” explains James W. Horne, Jr. President/CEO, United Way of Greater Union County. According to Ilise Zimmerman, Executive Director of the Partnership, “United Way of Greater Union County has been an outstanding community partner and provides our program with a “home base” from which to deliver services.”