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Please click Read More for details about the following SNJPC programs/services:

Camden Healthy Start / Camden Moms Breastfeed
Early Intervention Coordination Services
Healthy Women, Healthy Families: Doula Services, Prenatal YES, Breastfeeding Groups
Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition Meetings
May 6th Conference on Trauma in Maternal Mental Health & Addiction
Nurse-Family Partnership / Scrapbooking Social
Parents as Teachers / Family Fun Time

Staff has compiled a list of coronavirus resources to support families during this emergency. The resource list covers a range of issues including testing locations, state services, special considerations of teens regarding social distancing and home schooling assistance. We will continue to monitor information sites and update the list as needed.

SNJPC's Teen Outreach Program (TOP) has compiled a list of fun things young people can do while at home during the coronavirus. Those who try out suggestions are encouraged to send pictures of their efforts to BeSafe@snjpc.org and use the hashtag #snjpcPeriodt for any social media postings.

Postpartum Wellness Initiative for South Jersey (PWI) is participating in a national research study of a promising program to prevention postpartum depression. In a series of clinical trials, the Reach Out, Stay Strong, Essentials for mothers of newborns (ROSE) reduced cases of postpartum depression by 50% among low-income women. Now, researchers are taking it to the next level by launching it in the real world.

Register now for our May 6th skills building workshop, Trauma: Highlighting Complexities in Maternal Mental Health and Addiction. This offering is presented by Postpartum Wellness Initiative for South Jersey and Perinatal Addictions Prevention Project in recognition of Maternal Mental Health Month.

Ending racial disparities in birth outcomes is a top priority for New Jersey First Lady Tammy Murphy and remains a main focus of the Cooperative. Data from the latest NJ PRAMS (Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System) survey is compelling proof that race and racial bias may be a significant factor for adverse birth outcomes.

Gloucester County's childhood lead screening rates are the lowest in the state. Now, members of a new subcommittee formed by SNJPC's Lead and Healthy Homes initiative have come up with a plan to screen more children. Read more in this Courier Post article.

Cathy Butler-Witt, Assistant Director of Public Health Programs, was among the addiction experts Katie Couric interviewed for a recent episode of her 'Next Question' podcast series. The podcast explores how millions of kids got addicted to nicotine within the span of just a few years and what can be done. Click Read More to link to the podcast.

On June 5th, Cooperative members, supporters and staff gathered to celebrate the agency's accomplishments of the past year and prepare for a successful future. Read more about SNJPC's 2019 Annual Meeting.

Teen vaping is on the rise and schools are searching for solutions with some turning to what may be an untapped resource: their own students. Read more in this CNN article.

In Atlantic City, where black women and infants are more at risk for pregnancy complications, doulas are being trained and reintroduced into the community. Read more in this Press of Atlantic City article.

After decades of anti-smoking campaigns, teens were finally saying no to smoking. But times change and now vaping is blowing up those messages. Many teens say they simply don’t believe the experts who warn e-cigarettes have health risks. Read more in SJ Magazine.

E-cigarettes pose a significant health risk to young people. Use of these products increases the possibility of nicotine addiction and long-term harm to brain development and respiratory health. Results from the 2018 National Youth Tobacco Survey show a sharp rise in e-cigarette use among youth over past year.

To combat high rates of infant and maternal mortality, especially among women and babies of color, South Jersey organizations are looking to train doulas to work with Atlantic City mothers.

Judy Donlen, the agency’s executive director who also chairs the New Jersey State Health Planning Board, echoed Rutgers School of Nursing-Camden Dean Donna Nickitas’s comments on the role discrimination plays in health care.

As part of National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, children from three Camden daycare centers traveled to CAMcare Gateway to learn about the dangers of lead - and hopefully to educate their parents on the importance of getting their little ones tested for lead exposure.

Electronic cigarettes may not smolder or smell, but their popularity among middle and high school kids definitely stinks. Designed to deliver tobacco-free hits of nicotine to smokers trying to quit, e-cigs have found an unintended but now passionate market among teens in search of a tasty buzz.

Over the last 15 years, the Daughters of Penelope have donated thousands of handcrafted items designed to provide love, warmth and comfort to Camden’s most vulnerable citizens. Members of the local Nike Chapter 230 gather monthly to knit blankets, sweaters and hats for babies who are born to mothers enrolled in Camden Healthy Start.

A group of teens in Salem County has created a public service announcement which will be used to educate other young people about safe sex and pregnancy prevention. The project, part of the Salem County Youth Wellness Collaborative, was featured by SNJ Today.

Applications are now being accepted to fill vacancies on SNJPC's Board of Directors. This is an ideal opportunity for those concerned about the future of maternal and child health care in South Jersey.

The Cooperative is one of six agencies statewide to receive funding as part of the New Jersey Department of Health's Healthy Women, Healthy Families Initiative, a five-year effort to lower infant mortality rates and reduce health disparities in birth outcomes. Read more in this Press of Atlantic City article.

South Jersey teens are working together in a statewide campaign to appeal to their peers about the dangers of using e-cigarettes and the unknown long-term effects of inhaling the flavored liquids and oils. Read more in this Press of Atlantic City article.

During the 2018 Annual Meeting, participants reviewed progress made by individual programs over the past year as seen in the 2017 Annual Report. SNJPC Executive Director Judy Donlen presented Maternal and Child Health data for South Jersey published in Achievement 2017.

SNJPC is participating in #GivingTuesday, a global movement to celebrate year-end charitable giving. With your help, we can further advance our mission to empower South Jersey families with the tools to lead healthier lives.

Maisha Watson is currently living in a motel outside Atlantic City with her infant son, Solomon Murphy. With no room for a crib, Solomon sleeps in a baby box. Her story was featured on National Public Radio.

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