March 1, 2021
Women's History Month

The NIH U.S. National Library of Medicine is celebrating America's Women Physicians. This exhibition honors the lives and achievements of women in medicine. Before women could build careers as physicians, they had to fight even to be allowed to attend medical school.

Global Health Seed Grants

Rutgers Global Health Institute awards Global Health Seed Grants to faculty conducting collaborative, interdisciplinary activities that address health inequities in New Jersey and around the world. With these grants, the institute aims to help faculty pursue new ideas and seed expanded research and funding. The deadline is March 19.

Learn more and apply.
How the COVID Vaccine can Save your Life recently spoke to Rutgers experts Dr. Rey Panettieri and Dr. David Cennimo to get an explanation on how the COVID vaccine can save lives and then grabbed (digital) crayons to make a comic!

Medical Justice in Advocacy Fellowship

Call for applications!

The inaugural Medical Justice in Advocacy Fellowship is a collaborative educational initiative to empower physician-led advocacy that advances equity and removes barriers to optimal health for marginalized people and communities. Deadline is March 31, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Stipend and CME credits available.

Community Conversations: NJ COVID-19 Storytelling Project organizations and residents are encouraged to submit stories of hope about their experiences over the past year. Stories will be collected through March 31. Learn More
Upcoming Events
Meditation for Stress Reduction

March 1, 1pm ET

The New Brunswick Free Public Library invites you to this free event with meditation expert John Bednarik, who will offer simple, effective techniques, and will demonstrate the most practical methods of controlling and calming the mind for better meditations and many other health benefits.
Shealers: Mind, Body, and Soul
“Hidden Figures: Honoring the Sheroes Among Us”

March 3, 2:30pm ET

Celebrate with us as we recognize & award the five recipients of this year's "Hidden Figures: Sheroes" of Rutgers University-Newark and the Greater Newark community. Hear from invited guest SHEROES as they discuss women at the forefront of medicine, wellness, and healing in the pandemic era.
COVID-19 Series: A Year Later

March 4, 1pm ET

The Mobile Family Success Center and Family Support Organization of Middlesex County invite you to join a COVID-19 series of interactive workshops. Workshop 1 - Where are we now? Dr. Shilpa Pai will discuss the impact of COVID-19 a year later.

March 5, 10am ET - English
March 5, 11am ET - Spanish

The Mobile Family Success Center invites you to join this free virtual workshop series. Workshop 1 is hosted by WellCare on Health and Wellness for you and your baby. Attend two workshops to receive FREE diapers and wipes.
Funding Opportunities
NJ Council for the Humanities: Incubation and Action Grants

Incubation and Action Grants fund the development of meaningful humanities projects in New Jersey. The most competitive projects demonstrate an awareness of the needs and interests of your audience and offer an opportunity for community members to explore history, culture, values, and beliefs. Letters of Intent are due March 1-15th and the
application deadline is April 15th. Learn more about the fund here.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Health Policy Research Scholars is a four-year national leadership development program for full-time doctoral students, motivated to improve health, well-being, and equity, from nonclinical, research-focused disciplines - who see policy as a key lever for change and are committed to ensuring their research is aligned with the health needs of communities. The application deadline is March 17th. Learn more about the fund here.
Community Resources
Rutgers’ Dr. Rey Panettieri on the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, watch the full interview here.

Vaccines are Here: Now What? What to expect as vaccines become widely available - Learn accurate information on COVID-19 vaccines and treatments from both doctors and community members. Watch the recorded webinar here.

There are currently more than 150 different COVID-19 vaccines under development. Learn where each of the vaccine candidates currently stands.
Read more here.

Rutgers faculty, Dr. Rey Panettieri, details the altered practices of clinical trials due to the pandemic. Read more here.

In our second video, Jeffrey Carson, MD, addresses additional COVID-19 questions and concerns, including some you might not have considered.
Watch Part Two of the Navigating COVID Series.

Dr. Brandt Addresses the Question: Is it Safe to Get COVID-19 Vaccine while Pregnant? Read more here.

You can find community-based and local COVID-19 testing site locations and hours here.

New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub: The State of New Jersey has put together a list of resources about the COVID-19 virus including testing sites, signs and symptoms and FAQs about social services. 

Visit New Jersey’s COVID-19 Vaccine Registration site to pre-register for the vaccine. New Jersey's COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment Call Center can be reached at 855-568-0545.

Middlesex County residents can register for a free COVID-19 test at sites throughout the county. Appointments required. The sites provide saliva-based test kits developed at Rutgers University.
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