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Source: NJ Dept Of Health Healthy Women Healthy Families

The Connecting New Jersey initiative is the new name for New Jersey’s network of service hubs dedicated to providing essential services that help families, and care for children, primarily from pregnancy to age five.

Connecting NJ agencies, partners and support systems offer access to information and referrals to local wellness services, including healthcare for mothers and children, early education programs, domestic violence support, addiction treatment, financial assistance, home visiting programs, behavioral health services, and more. As a single point of entry for community members in need, Connecting NJ facilitates connections and simplifies the process of accessing care.

Connecting NJ utilizes a county-based, single point-of-entry system that simplifies and streamlines the referral process for obstetrical and prenatal care providers, community agencies, and families.

The Healthy Women Healthy Families (HWHF) initiative works toward improving maternal and infant health outcomes for women of childbearing age and their families, while reducing racial, ethnic and economic disparities in those outcomes through a collaborative coordinated community driven approach through the use of Community Health Workers and Central Intake Hubs.

New Jersey PRAMS is a joint research project of the NJ Department of Health (NJDOH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). One out of every 50 women giving birth each month is selected for the PRAMS survey, and more than 70% participate, totaling approximately 1,500 interviews annually. They are asked about their feelings and experiences before, during and after pregnancy.

Leading topics include:

– Maternal and infant health care
– Breastfeeding
– Prenatal care and health insurance
– Maternal smoking and alcohol use during pregnancy
– Cesarean deliveries
– Pregnancy intention

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