Rep. Norcross Announces Over $400,000 for South Jersey Students and Health Professionals

Rep. Norcross Announces Over $400,000 for South Jersey Students and Health Professionals

WASHINGTON – Today, US Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-01) announced that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will send more than $400,000 in federal grants to Rutgers University and Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM).

Rutgers University will receive $68,518 through the HHS Nurse Practitioner Loan Program (NFLP) to provide aspiring nurses with subsidized student loans. RowanSOM will receive $398,895 to expand youth support services through its CARES Institute.

“Supporting public health means building our health care workforce and delivering world-class care to the people who need it.” said Congressman Norcross. “South Jersey faculty are leaders in medical research. They develop innovative treatments and provide training opportunities for medical students. I will continue to fight for legislation in Congress that gives healthcare professionals the training and resources they need to keep our communities healthy.

“The growing nursing shortage poses a major threat to the nursing pipeline,” said Marie O’Toole, interim dean and professor at Rutgers University School of Nursing – Camden. “The Nurse Loan Program will help us attract qualified educators with clinical experience to prepare the next generation of nurses, ensuring that the workforce continues to meet the needs of hospitals, health agencies and the community.” We are excited to receive this funding and to do our part to address the nursing shortage across the country.”

“This five-year grant to our CARES Institute will help us better serve children who have experienced trauma and the professionals who work with them.” said Dr. Thomas Cavalieri, dean of the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine. “The ultimate goal of the CARES project is to increase access to evidence-based treatment for trauma-exposed youth. Mental health professionals in the program will help nearly 440 youth in South Jersey better cope with post-traumatic stress and behavioral problems related to their trauma. Additionally, the program will implement an innovative self-care intervention for mental health professionals working with youth and caregivers affected by trauma.

“These services—for children and their families and for our mental health professionals—are extremely important as we help heal every child and family who has experienced sexual abuse, physical abuse, neglect and violence.” Added knights.

As a member of the Bipartisan Task Force on Addiction and Mental Health, Congressman Norcross has fought to expand access to mental health and substance abuse treatments. In December 2021, he introduced the Access to Opioid Treatment Act, which was partially included in the House-passed Restoring Hope for Mental Health and Wellness Act of 2022.

About RowanSOM

RowanSOM has long been a leader in addressing substance abuse disorders and keeping our communities safe. In May 2022, they developed the Crisis Response During Police Encounters (Project COPE) system to build lasting trust between law enforcement and the substance abuse patients they encounter. By receiving this grant from HHS, they will increase their capacity to implement substance abuse disorder and chronic pain treatments.

For the Rutgers School of Nursing

The Rutgers School of Nursing is consistently ranked among the top nursing schools in the country. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Rutgers students have assisted staff at neighboring hospitals with crucial administrative support. This NFLP will allow them to offer loans to students who are committed to becoming full-time nurses after graduation. Upon completion of their nursing degree, the program allows for the cancellation of up to 85% of any such loan.

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