Norcross Announces More Than $1 Million in Federal Funding to Help Expectant Mothers & Infants in Camden City
March 22, 2019
U.S. Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-01) today announced a $1,070,000 federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to the Southern New Jersey Perinatal Cooperative’s Camden Healthy Start program to improve the health and well-being of pregnant women, infants and families in Camden City.
“Every child deserves a strong, healthy start in life, and every mother deserves to have access to safe, quality care,” said Congressman Norcross. “As we work together to combat high maternal and infant mortality rates in our state and communities, we rely on programs like Camden Healthy Start who work directly with women and children in need. This critical federal funding will go a long way in helping South Jersey’s families.”
“We are grateful for this award that will allow us to continue our work to improve the health of moms and babies in Camden City,” said Judy Donlen, Executive Director for the Southern New Jersey Perinatal Cooperative. “Important progress has been made to address the city’s high rate of black infant mortality and maternal mortality. We must safeguard and expand upon these services for future generations. I want to recognize the important contributions Congressman Norcross has made to the program. He is a true friend and advocate for Camden families.”
Camden Healthy Start aims to reduce infant mortality and eliminate racial and ethnic disparities that exist among women of color. This laudable goal is shared by New Jersey First Lady Tammy Murphy, as she fights the maternal and infant health crisis through the Nurture NJ initiative. Norcross supports the program and joined Murphy at her Family Festival in Camden on Saturday, March 2, 2019.
“I’m proud to join the First Lady in making sure all families have access to health services and supports. We all need to work together on the local, state and national levels to improve the health and safety for New Jersey’s women and children,” said Norcross.