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Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Participates in National H.I.V. Project, Focused on Optimizing Care for Women of Color


The Family Treatment Center Partners with AIDS United and Boston University to

Offer Patients Enhanced Patient Navigation Services

(Newark, NJ - September 14, 2016) - The Family Treatment Center at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center will now offer an Enhanced Patient Navigation Plan to women of color who are H.I.V positive and out of care.

The plan is part of a nationwide project led by AIDS United and Boston University School of Public Health’s Center for Advancing Health Policy and Practice (CAHPP), to disseminate and test evidence-informed interventions to improve access to HIV care for people who face some of the largest disparities across the United States. The ultimate goal is to create programs that can be replicated in a variety of settings across the country.

Approximately 1.2 million Americans are living with H.I.V and 40 percent of those are not receiving treatment, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“We are proud to be a part of a project that aims to perfect the kind of care we have been practicing for more than 25 years, said Danielle Boyd, administrative director of The Family Treatment Center at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. “We offer our patients individualized care and work tirelessly to meet their emotional, social and physical healthcare needs.”

The Family Treatment Center was one of only 12 sites across the nation chosen to participate in this project and Newark Beth Israel Medical Center is the only medical center in New Jersey that will be implementing the Enhanced Patient Navigation for Women of Color program.

“This project will allow us to improve the overall care we provide and increase patient access to our services,” said Eliahu Bishburg M.D., FIDSA, chief Division of Infectious Diseases, and director of the Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.

“Newark Beth Israel Medical Center is committed to expanding access to quality care and this project helps us continue to extend that access to members of our community who may be vulnerable and marginalized,” said Darrell K. Terry, Sr., MHA, MPH, FACHE, president and chief executive officer, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey.

Participants will have access to all of the services offered at the Family Treatment Center, including: early intervention medical services; nutritional assessment and counseling; H.I.V counseling and testing; medical case management; treatment adherence counseling; referrals to community resources; substance abuse evaluation & referral; benefits/financial counseling; crisis intervention; harm/risk reduction counseling; mental health assessment, referral and treatment; and access to referrals for pediatric and adult clinical trials.

The Family Treatment Center has been offering patient-centered care to HIV/AIDS patients since 1989 and continues to be a national leader in providing individualized care and case management services for these patients and their families.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U90HA2923, the Dissemination of Evidence-Informed Interventions initiative, for $3,049,169.00 with zero percentage financed via nongovernmental sources. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center is a 665-bed regional care teaching hospital that provides comprehensive health care. Newark Beth Israel is home to one of the nation’s top five heart transplant centers, Barnabas Health’s Heart Failure Treatment and Transplant Program; New Jersey’s only Advanced Lung Disease and Transplant Program and a Valve Center that performs more cardiac valve procedures, including minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve replacements (TAVRs), than any other center in the state. The Newark Beth Israel robotic surgery program is the most experienced in northern New Jersey. The Frederick B. Cohen, MD, Cancer and Blood Disorders Center and the new Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey Breast Health Center provide seamless integration of cancer prevention, specialized care and treatment options. Newark Beth Israel also offers many preventive health programs that promote wellness in the community. The Children’s Hospital of New Jersey (CHoNJ), located at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, cares for children from birth through adolescence, with more than 30 specialized pediatric services including New Jersey’s largest Valerie Fund Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders; and the Children’s Heart Center that offers a complete range of medical and surgical treatments for the most complex cardiac abnormalities. Children’s Hospital of New Jersey also includes a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and a Level IV Regional Perinatal Center that offers New Jersey’s only Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) therapy; and the highest level of intensive care for both mothers and newborns.

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Linda Kamateh


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