Center of Excellence for Latino Health
The Center of Excellence for Latino Health (CELH) at Clara Maass Medical
Center was established to serve as a hub of health and wellness information
for Latino families. As a trusted medical and community resource, CELH
strives to increase community partnerships, promote health literacy, increase
access to care, and eliminate health disparities throughout the life cycle.
We focus on addressing the unmet needs of the local Latino community for
specific disparities of medical conditions, such as diabetes, hypertension,
hyperlipidemia, and obesity and cancer.
Our Latino Clergy Council is dedicated to assisting pastors, their families
and congregations by connecting them to health care providers and services
in collaboration with the Greater Newark Health Care Coalition Grant funded
Health Faith Based Initiative.
Our goal is to improve health care delivery to the local Latino community by:
- Providing and facilitating primary, emergency and specialty, inpatient
and outpatient medical care;
- Focusing on transitions of care, chronic disease management and end-of-life care;
- Looking at clinical and other market research to understand patient needs
and improve health outcomes.
We plan to:
- Ensure that Latino patients seen at CMMC are aligned with a Primary Care
Physician (including Pediatricians and OB/Gyns), to ensure consistent
- Create a directory of health care sources that will include primary and
specialty providers, outreach workers, health educators, social workers
and other community organizations that provide needed services.
- Assist with enrollment into quality insurance products through the NJ State
Health Insurance Exchange program, as well as NJ Family Care (Medicaid).
- Develop a Latino youth mentorship program that will touch on a variety
of health care issues and promote health care career opportunities.