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Collectively the unions and associations represent thousands of businesses and hundreds of thousands of workers in the state. By taking the program to their members, they can disseminate information, promote blood donation, and encourage employers to have more frequent workplace blood drives and work together to hold joint blood drives.
At a meeting today hosted by the New Jersey Hospital Association in Princeton, the Coalition unveiled its strategic plan and presented a variety of new resources for
In her remarks, Health and Senior Services Commissioner Heather Howard emphasized the need for the business community’s participation in blood donation to overcome the persistent shortages and return the state to earlier higher levels of blood donation.
“We can increase our levels of blood donation in
To support this effort, Gov. Corzine signed legislation in May 2009 authorizing 16-year-olds to donate with parental consent. The new law will help to foster a commitment to blood donation and increase the number of eligible donors.
The blood collection data is encouraging. Overall,
Commissioner Howard emphasized that despite the increase the deficit persists.
“It will take all of us working together to eliminate the persistent blood shortage,” said Commissioner Howard. “We have to ensure that our hospitals have the lifesaving blood supplies they need to treat patients with injuries and injuries and for surgeries.
The NJWBDC, co-sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services and Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, is a public-private partnership of government, private employers and associations that joined forces in 2008 to increase workplace blood donation in the state.
The Coalition works closely with the Blood Bank Task Force of New Jersey and the state’s eight blood centers to achieve the common goal of increasing
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