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As part of Minority and Multicultural Health Month, the Department of Health and Senior Services is participating in a month-long series of heritage festivals, health fairs and cancer screenings aimed at encouraging
New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services Commissioner Fred M. Jacobs, M.D., J.D. launched the Healthy Communities for a Healthy New Jersey campaign during a press conference today in
"As Commissioner, I understand the core mission of the Department is to reduce health disparities in minority and culturally diverse communities in
Acting Governor Richard J. Codey declared September 2005 as Minority and Multicultural Health Month in a proclamation on September 1.
The DHSS publishes a free calendar of Minority and Multicultural Health Month events statewide and it is available at no cost to legislators, community groups and participating organizations to help promote events. It is also available online at
To stress the importance of Healthy Communities for a Healthy New Jersey, Commissioner Jacobs will attend more than a dozen events throughout the state this month including health fairs, heritage festivals, cancer screenings, wellness tours and the NJ Latino Bike Tour Kick-Off.
"Despite our state’s wealth and economic prosperity, there are vast and increasing differences in the incidence, prevalence and death rates of diseases between whites and minority populations in this state," stated Commissioner Jacobs. "That is unacceptable, and I am taking that message directly to the people in communities affected most."
The Commissioner's campaign will culminate with the first annual statewide asthma summit on Sept. 30 in
Also attending the Kickoff today are representatives of each health fair and facility the Commissioner will visit, Lydia Trinidad of PRAHD, Perth Amboy Mayor Joseph Vas and State Senator Joseph Vitale.
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