Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $1,999,403)
PURPOSE OF THE PROJECT: JSUMC seeks to address the problem of violence in its catchment areas located in Monmouth County, New Jersey by expanding and enhancing current program offerings of a hospital-based violence intervention program (Project HEAL established in 2021) and a community-based violence intervention program (Elevate established in 2022) that are currently funded by the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General and serve people from many neighboring economically distressed communities also called Qualified Opportunity Zones (QOZs).
PRIMARY ACTIVITIES include collaboration with a research partner to design strategic enhancements to its programs; enhancing current partnerships by developing and implementing a coordinated community response (CCR) approach to create a formal working group called CVIPI-Team; expanding the programs’ services through targeted community outreach; and, making the program self-sustainable at JSUMC.
EXPECTED OUTCOMES: It is anticipated that the number of clients served by both Project HEAL and Elevate will increase to 500 each year, helping to alleviate the problem of violence in the communities it serves.
SERVICE AREA: Monmouth County, New Jersey including QOZs in Asbury Park, Neptune City, Neptune Township, and Long Branch City.
INTENDED BENEFICIARIES for Project HEAL include patients (18+ age) evaluated for a violent injury at JSUMC; for Elevate, it is youth (ages 13-20) who have been impacted by community violence or are at-risk to perpetrate violence.
SUBRECIPIENTS: Montclair State University’s (MSU) Professor Dr. Sheetal Ranjan will implement an action research agenda to assist with the implementation, expansion, and enhancement of JSUMC program’s processes and services.