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September 06, 2007

Fred M. Jacobs, M.D., J.D.

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DHSS Minority and Multicultural Health Month: Focus on Chronic Disease Management --Learn, Control, Prevent: Manage Your Health--


New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) Commissioner Fred M. Jacobs, M.D., J.D., kicked off Minority and Multicultural Health Month today at the FOCUS Hispanic Center for Community Development in Newark  by awarding $25,000 mini-grants to seven community- and faith-based organizations statewide.


Designed to help reduce health disparities in minority populations, the month-long campaign “Learn, Control, Prevent: Manage Your Health” will focus on empowering individuals, families and caregivers to help themselves manage chronic diseases.


The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program grants awarded by the Department’s Office of Minority and Multicultural Health will educate and train community leaders about effective methods and activities that can help individuals live with chronic diseases such as asthma, obesity, diabetes and heart disease.


Four of the agencies will also receive training in Spanish. Three community leaders from each agency take the program in Spanish and in turn, train other Spanish-speaking individuals in their communities.


“For many years, we have all heard the startling statistics on health disparities in minority populations,” said New Jersey Health and Senior Services Commissioner Fred M. Jacobs, M.D., J.D. “We know that some minority populations are more likely to have diabetes, asthma and other conditions. These diseases can be controlled and people with them can live healthy productive lives. This initiative is an important first step in doing that.”


The agencies that received grants are:

  • PROCEED, INC., Elizabeth
  • Friends of Grace Seniors, Inc., Englewood
  • FOCUS Hispanic Center for Community Development, Inc. Newark
  • United Progress, Inc., Trenton 
  • The Puerto Rican Association for Human Development, Inc.,  Perth Amboy
  •  Hispanic Family Center of Southern New Jersey, Camden 
  • New Jersey Black Issues Convention, Inc., Newark

The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program was developed by Stanford University. The weekly workshops will run for six weeks. Program workshops will begin in January 2008. The programs will be run in collaboration with the DHSS Division of Aging and Community Services


The DHSS also unveiled its updated Office of Minority and Multicultural Health website that now includes user-friendly information for both general public and health professionals.


In its continuing efforts to address language access, the Office of Minority and Multicultural Health has also established a Spanish language portal on its website. “Portal a la Salud” provides information on resources, publications, events and updates in Spanish. 

The website can be found at


The DHSS encourages New Jersey residents to participate in health events this month to educate themselves about how to take action to improve their health.  Activities people may want to participate in include scheduling doctor visits, getting regular exercise, eating healthy and nutritious meals and getting screened for diabetes, heart disease, breast cancer, colorectal cancer, prostate cancer, HIV/AIDs and other diseases which disproportionately impact minority communities. 


The DHSS publishes a free calendar of Minority and Multicultural Health Month events statewide and it is available to individuals, legislators, community groups and participating organizations to help promote events.  It is also available online at .


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