Promoting Good Health for Every Child
The health of young children is crucial to their physical and mental development, overall well-being and school readiness. A lack of preventative health care, exposure to adverse experiences and trauma, and health problems that go untreated contribute to physical and emotional instability, school absenteeism, serious illnesses, and even long-term disabilities and lasting damage. Through equal access to health care, maternal health care and early screening and assessments for children, stakeholders can make significant progress towards ensuring the good health of every child.
New Jersey’s First Lady, Tammy Murphy, announced her Nurture NJ initiative earlier this year, which is a public awareness campaign designed to reduce maternal and infant mortality and to ensure equitable access to health care among women and children of all races and ethnicities in New Jersey.
As part of the Nurture NJ campaign, Family Festivals have been scheduled throughout the state. This event series targets cities with the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in the state and provides families with information on state, county, and local resources for family care. Attendees have access to information on prenatal care and doulas, blood pressure and sugar screenings, parent support groups, eye exams, pediatric services, mental health and addiction services, energy assistance programs, day care centers, food and housing assistance programs, and more. To learn more, visit the Nurture NJ website.
New Jersey has a robust network of state and local assistance programs for parents, children and families. NJ Parent Link highlights New Jersey state services and resources for families; relevant federal and community resources are also listed.
New Jersey Family Care is government-funded health insurance program created to help qualified New Jersey residents of any age access to affordable health insurance. NJ FamilyCare is for people who do not have employer insurance. You can visit the website for more information or to apply for coverage.
The New Jersey Department of Children & Family Services’ website has a host of helpful resources for parents across the state, such as behavioral health services, child safety, information on vaccines and immunizations, prenatal health, and child care information.
New Jersey Family Health Services is a division of the New Jersey Department of Health that administers programs that enhance the health, safety and well-being of families and communities in New Jersey in the following five areas: Community Health and Wellness; Women, Infants and Children; Maternal and Child Health; Special Child and Early Intervention Services; and, Primary Care and Rural Health.
Though New Jersey does offer programs to assist children and families, the high rates of maternal mortality among women of color is a crisis in the state. In order to promote good health in every child, lawmakers should strive to ensure equal access to health care, maternal health care and early screening and assessments for children.
To learn more about health and what you do, visit Advocates for Children of New Jersey