Rep. Norcross announces over $ 400,000 for South Jersey students and healthcare professionals

Rep. Norcross announces over $ 400,000 for South Jersey students and healthcare professionals

WASHINGTON DC – Today, United States Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-01) announced that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will be sending over $ 400,000 in federal grants to Rutgers University and Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine ( RowanSOM).

Rutgers University will receive $ 68,518 through the HHS Nursing Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) to provide subsidized student loans to aspiring nurses. RowanSOM will receive $ 398,895 to expand youth support services through its CARES Institute.

“Supporting public health means building our health workforce and providing world-class care to the people who need it,” said Congressman Norcross. “South Jersey educators are leading the way in medical research. They are developing innovative treatments and offering learning opportunities to medical students. I will continue to fight for legislation in Congress that provides health workers with the training and resources they need to keep our communities healthy. “

“The growing shortage of nursing teachers poses a major threat to the nursing pipeline,” said Marie O’Toole, interim dean and professor at Rutgers University School of Nursing — Camden. “The Faculty of Nursing Loan Program will help us attract qualified and clinically experienced educators to prepare the next generation of nurses, ensuring that the workforce continues to meet the needs of hospitals, health agencies and communities. We are thrilled to have received this funding and to do our part to address the nationwide shortage of nurses. “

“This five-year grant to our CARES institution will help us better serve children who have suffered trauma and, also, the professionals who work with them,” said Dr. Thomas Cavalieri, dean of Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine. “The ultimate goal of the CARES project is to increase the accessibility of evidence-based treatment for young people exposed to trauma. The mental health professionals in the program will help nearly 440 young people in South Jersey better manage post-traumatic stress and behavioral problems related to their trauma. Additionally, the program will implement an innovative self-care intervention for mental health professionals working with trauma-affected youth and healthcare professionals.

“These services, for children and their families and for our mental health professionals, are of paramount importance as we help heal every child and every family that experiences sexual abuse, physical abuse, neglect and child abuse,” Knights added.

As a member of the Bipartisan Addiction and Mental Health Task Force, Congressman Norcross has campaigned to expand access to mental health and substance abuse treatments. In December 2021, she introduced the Opioid Treatment Access Act, which was partially included in the House-approved Restoring Hope for Mental Health and Well-Being Act of 2022.

About RowanSOM

RowanSOM has long been a leader in addressing substance abuse disorders and keeping our communities safe. In May 2022, they developed the Crisis Outreach during the Police Encounters Response System (Project COPE) to create lasting trust between law enforcement and the substance abusing patients they encounter. By receiving this grant from HHS, they will increase their ability to implement treatments for substance abuse disorder and chronic pain.

On the Rutgers School of Nursing

The Rutgers School of Nursing is consistently ranked among the best nursing schools in the country. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Rutgers students have helped staff at nearby hospitals with crucial administrative support. This NFLP will allow them to offer student loans who are committed to becoming full-time nurses upon graduation. Upon completion of the nursing degree, the program authorizes the cancellation of up to 85% of that loan.

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