A grant from the New Jersey Department of Health is supporting the expansion of Rutgers Global Health Institute’s Equitable Recovery program. Efforts are underway to help underserved communities in Essex, Mercer, and Middlesex counties offer residents accessible COVID-19 vaccination and testing.
COVID-19 testing and vaccination clinics at the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center, where the ballet is a member company, are part of Rutgers Global Health Institute’s Equitable Recovery program. The clinics, which are open to the public, helped the ballet’s dancers safely return to the studio and stage.
In underserved neighborhoods in the city’s South and West wards, small business owners and local leaders are voices for their communities. Their input and guidance inform the rollout of initiatives to improve vaccination rates and help communities build resilience—a top goal of the Equitable Recovery for New Jersey’s Small Businesses program.
The clinics offered a convenient location for New Brunswick residents and underscored the market’s mission to connect food and health. The initiative was organized in partnership with Rutgers Global Health Institute, Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey, New Jersey Black Women Physicians Association, and New Brunswick Tomorrow.
Emanuel Garcia, who owns a Mexican store in the city’s Esperanza neighborhood, has seen his business take a huge hit during the COVID-19 pandemic. A Rutgers Global Health Institute program helped him stay open and continue serving the community’s needs safely.
As the COVID-19 Delta variant spreads and infection rates surge in New Jersey, Rutgers faculty and staff have been helping to improve vaccination rates in hard-hit areas.
“How Rutgers is Helping to Create a More Equitable Recovery from COVID-19” was the focus of a virtual event that brought together university and community partners to discuss pandemic-related challenges facing low-income and minority communities in New Jersey.
Rutgers Global Health Institute Launches Program to Help Small Businesses Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic
The three-part program provides guidance on safe operations and related support services for small businesses and nonprofits in New Jersey’s low-income and minority communities.