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Newark Beth Israel Medical Center’s Family Treatment Center Receives CDC Grant for HIV/AIDS Prevention Programs


NEWARK, NJ (June 2, 2016) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) awarded $350,000 to The Family Treatment Center at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center to deliver high-impact prevention programming to those with the greatest risk of contracting HIV/AIDS over the next five years. The Center is one of three community-based organizations to receive the funding in New Jersey and one of 90 nationwide, based on their demonstrated experience and expertise working with the populations most affected by the epidemic.

Danielle Boyd, Administrative Director of Infectious Diseases and Eliahu Bishburg, MD, Chief of Infectious Diseases

“Community-based organizations have been vital to our nation’s HIV prevention efforts since the earliest days of the epidemic,” said Jonathan Mermin, M.D., director of CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and Tuberculosis Prevention. “The organizations we’re funding have a strong foothold in the hardest-hit communities. They have the credibility and experience needed to deliver the most effective HIV prevention strategies to those who need them most.”

Since 1989, The Family Treatment Center has worked to maintain and enhance the quality of life for those living with HIV/AIDS. The Center’s 30 staff members care for approximately 750 people per year, focusing on intervention and treatment during all stages of the disease, while supporting family members who are affected. The Center has many community outreach programs to educate and test those at risk, including a mobile van that visits sites throughout the area. Patients are treated in a holistic manner, receiving care from both primary care physicians and infectious disease specialists, as well having access to an array of support services. Special programs are available to address the unique needs of children from birth to adolescence.

“This funding will help us reach more people in the community who are at risk of acquiring HIV,” 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. “It will allow us to really make an impact on a disease that is largely preventable.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention funding allows The Family Treatment Center at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center to provide community prevention services to high-risk populations.

Through the award, preventive programs will be focused on those at greatest risk for HIV/AIDS, including people of color, men who have sex with men, transgender individuals and people who inject drugs. Services may include:

  • Providing HIV testing to those at high risk to increase the proportion of people who are aware of their HIV status
  • Engaging HIV-positive people in ongoing care and treatment, helping them adhere to antiretroviral therapy and ensuring they receive prevention and support services
  • Ensuring high-risk, HIV-negative individuals have access to prevention and support services such as pre-exposure
  • Prophylaxis (PrEP), post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), high-impact behavioral interventions and screening for sexually transmitted infections
  • Distributing condoms to HIV-positive and high-risk, HIV-negative individuals

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center & Children’s Hospital of New Jersey (NBIMC), a 673-bed regional care teaching hospital, provides comprehensive health care to its local communities and beyond with over 1,000 physicians, 3,200 employees, 150 volunteers, over 300,000 outpatient visits and 25,000 admissions annually. It is home to the nation’s 3rd largest heart transplant center, RWJBarnabas Health’s Heart Failure Treatment and Transplant Program; NJ’s only Advanced Lung Disease and Transplant Program and a Valve Center that performs more cardiac valve procedures, including TAVR, than any other center in the State. The robotic surgery program is the broadest and most experienced in northern New Jersey. The Frederick B. Cohen, MD, Cancer and Blood Disorders Center and new Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey Breast Health Center provide seamless integration of cancer prevention, specialized care and treatment options. Children's Hospital of New Jersey (CHoNJ), located at NBIMC cares for children from newborn to adolescent years, with over thirty specialized pediatric services, NJ’s largest Valerie Fund Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, and The Children’s Heart Center with a complete range of medical and surgical treatments for the most complex cardiac abnormalities. With a NICU that is also a Regional Perinatal Center with NJ’s only Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) therapy, the highest level of intensive care for both mothers and newborns is available, as well as preventive programs that promote wellness in the community.

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Patricia Mitrano

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