Kennedy Health Receives State Grant for Veteran Program

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VOORHEES – South Jersey-based Kennedy Health has been awarded a $1.4 million grant from the New Jersey Department of Health, which will help facilitate a network of integrated care within New Jersey for veterans.
Kennedy is one of eight New Jersey health systems that applied for the grant, which was awarded as part of a statewide effort to serve veterans primary care, behavioral health, as well as other needs.
Kennedy is part of the Veteran Health Provider Coalition (VHPC), which also includes New Jersey Hospital Association, Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, Seton Hall University School of Law, and several service providers.
The VHPC will collaborate to develop and implement a program that is meant to close the gap between healthcare providers and veterans. The program's aim is also to improve health professionals’ skills in addressing specific issues and needs from a “veteran-centric” perspective.
Support will be provided by the VHPC to veterans across several areas, including Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Monmouth, Ocean and Salem counties.
Furthermore, plans are being developed for a program that aims at training veterans to become health navigators through the Camden Coalition of Health Care Providers. The program also is geared to assist these veterans in certification in Mental Health First Aid via the Mental Health Association.
Through a partnership with the New Jersey Hospital Association, the VHPC includes four health systems that comprise the South Jersey Behavioral Health Innovation Collaborative (SJBHIC). The Collaborative was launched in 2015 and is working to evaluate the behavioral health system in the region and make recommendations for improved access to care.
“The VHPC is a very important and much-needed initiative for veterans in New Jersey,” said Russ Micoli, collaborative chair and coalition member and VP for ambulatory services at Kennedy.
“This  multi-system effort, focusing on the needs of veterans and military families, dovetails nicely with the work being done by the SJBHIC and our focus on accessing behavioral health services. Kennedy is pleased to have been awarded this grant on behalf of the entire VHPC and we look forward to working with our partners on this special initiative.”
For more information about Kennedy Health, visit kennedyhealth.org.

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