March 15, 2021
National Endometriosis Awareness Month

Endometriosis, sometimes called "endo," is a common health problem in women. It happens when tissue similar to the lining of the uterus (womb) grows outside of the uterus. It may affect more than 11% of American women between ages 15 and 44.

Health Care’s Social Movement Should Not Leave Science Behind

Americans are dying at startling rates, not only from COVID-19 but also its reverberating socioeconomic effects. To save lives, we need scientific advances, not only in biomedicine but also in interventions that address social determinants of health.

Addressing Structural Racism to Improve Health

The National Institutes of Health is taking a hard look at what it’s doing and how it can be done differently to no longer perpetuate the status quo. NIH Director, Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research William T. Riley, PhD addresses the topic.

Upcoming Events
Healing the Hero

March 15, 10am ET

This virtual event is brought to you by RWJBarnabas Health Institute for Prevention and Recovery’s Hope and Healing Program, which offers emotional support services, education, and community-based resources for individuals and families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Seasonal Eats!

March 15, 1pm ET

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center invites you to join this Virtual Cooking Class featuring simple recipes using fresh ingredients from local farmers markets.
Heroes Making History

March 15, 3pm ET

The New Brunswick Free Public Library invites you to celebrate Women’s History Month with today’s leaders! Listen to stories written by Vice President Kamala Harris and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. 
Making Every Day Meaningful: How Hobbies and Activities Can Improve Your Mental Health

March 16, 11am ET

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton invites you to join Sarah Masco, MS, OTR/L, CLT to learn simple ways to monitor and improve your mental health with meaningful activities.
Advancing Equity through Shared Measurement: Lessons from Connecting Virtually with Communities during COVID-19

March 17, 1pm ET

Community-Campus Partnerships for Health invite you to this virtual event with speakers Tamika (Owens) Cowans, MPP, PMP and Kirsten Fiminger, PhD.
Health Insurance Open Enrollment in NJ: What You Need to Know

March 18, 12pm ET

Open Enrollment for 2021 health insurance has been extended until May 15, 2021. Do you have questions about health insurance for you and your loved ones? The East Brunswick Public Library invites you join this event.
COVID-19 Series: A Year Later

March 18, 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 3 - COVID-19 and Reducing Adverse Childhood Experiences presented by RWJ Pediatric residents.

March 19, 1pm ET - English
March 19, 2pm ET - Spanish

The Mobile Family Success Center invites you to join this free virtual workshop series. Workshop 3 is hosted by RWJ Injury Prevention on car seat safety. Attend two workshops to receive FREE diapers and wipes.
Funding Opportunities
Advancing Health Literacy to Enhance Equitable Community Responses to COVID-19

The Office for Minority Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services administers grant programs to support projects that implement innovative models to improve minority health and reduce health disparities. Applicant eligibility is limited to localities (e.g., cities, counties, parishes, or other similar subdivisions). Applications are due April 20, 2021. Learn more here.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Interdisciplinary Research Leaders is a fellowship program to develop team leadership for change. Each team will consist of two researchers and one community leader, committed to using the power of research and collaboration to advance health and equity. Register for the applicant webinar on March 18.
Applications are due May 5, 2021.
Learn more here.
Community Resources
Learn more about New Jersey's state-based health insurance exchange, GetCoveredNJ.

Social and Structural Factors, Not Biology, Are Strong Influencers of Racial Disparities in COVID-19 Mortality. Read the full story here.

Beyond ventilators: Princeton engineers design, build and program a noninvasive breathing system for COVID-19 patients. Read the full story here.

The CDC works with partners to reduce the burden of colorectal cancer in the United States, learn more about what they are doing here. Colorectal cancer screening saves lives, learn more about your testing options.

CDC’s Division of Reproductive Health is the focal point for issues related to reproductive health, maternal health, and infant health. Read more 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. 

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

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.

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.
New Jersey Alliance for Clinical and Translational Science

This newsletter is supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under award number, UL1TR003017 to Rutgers University. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not represent the official views of the NIH.

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