Saint Clare’s Health System Awarded Renewed Funding for Violence Prevention Initiative
July 29, 2011
Grant Allows Saint Clare’s to Continue Violence Prevention Efforts in Morris and Sussex Counties
Saint Clare’s Health System has been awarded renewed funding to support its Violence Prevention Initiative, an innovative new program that seeks to build healthier communities by addressing the serious issue of violence prevention.
The grant is provided by the Mission and Ministry Fund of Catholic Health Initiatives, the national health care system that includes Saint Clare’s Health System. The Violence Prevention Initiative at Saint Clare’s supports community members in Morris County – with plans to expand outreach to Sussex County in the coming months – and also contributes to Catholic Health Initiatives’ systemwide initiative to prevent violence in every community the health care system serves.
“At Saint Clare’s, our violence prevention efforts have been the result of collaboration between many local agencies and community leaders. We look forward to this continued opportunity to partner with these groups and lead the way in making a positive difference together in the communities that we serve,” said Jamie McFarland, violence prevention coordinator at Saint Clare’s Health System.
Saint Clare’s began its Violence Prevention Initiative in 2008, establishing a Violence Prevention Committee comprised of members of the social services field, school systems, law enforcement, legal system, and other leaders interested in preventing violence. Through information sharing, extensive research, and a continual review of local data, the Violence Prevention Committee identified a target area of preventing violence: expanded support and education for new parents.
“By supporting parents in creating safe, stable, and happy environments for their children from the start, we can foster healthy socio-emotional development for children throughout their lives. Investing in healthy relationships for children not only makes sense for individuals and their families, but also for our communities,” McFarland said.
To develop a strategy to achieve its goals, the Violence Prevention Committee is working hand in hand with the Community Outreach department at Saint Clare’s, as well as consultants with expertise in the field of child maltreatment and violence prevention. Upcoming plans include offering community courses to provide education and support for parents, beginning in early 2012, as well as continued community networking with the Violence Prevention Committee. In addition, Saint Clare’s plans to host a community education event on November 4, 2011, featuring Dr. Bruce Perry, an expert in the field of child maltreatment.
“Investing our time and money in these efforts to prevent violence and support families is integral to building healthier communities in the future. Through the support of Catholic Health Initiatives and its Mission and Ministry Fund, the Violence Prevention Initiative will be able to offer guidance and education to enable families in our communities to provide a safe and stable environment for their children,” said McFarland.
“In name and in spirit, the Mission and Ministry Fund grants we award each year truly represent the mission of Catholic Health Initiatives, which is to create and nurture healthy communities,” said Kevin Lofton, president and chief executive officer of Catholic Health Initiatives. “We are committed to violence prevention as an essential element of building healthy communities.”
Established in 1996 by the health system’s founding congregations, the Mission and Ministry Fund has awarded 311 grants totaling more than $38.4 million to programs across the globe. The fund was established through contributions from Catholic Health Initiatives’ facilities across the nation, including Saint Clare’s Health System. In addition to the annual grants from its longstanding Mission and Ministry Fund, CHI this year provided a $2 million donation to Mercy Housing, Omaha, Neb. The organization also pledged $333,000 in a donation for disaster-relief efforts in Haiti as part of a three-year commitment to channel $1 million for humanitarian efforts in that country through the Campaign for Rebirth and Renewal, a program sponsored by the Catholic Health Association and Catholic Relief Services.
About Saint Clare’s Health System
Saint Clare’s Health System, which has served the healthcare needs of northwestern New Jersey residents since 1895, is the region’s premier provider of community-based healthcare and behavioral health services. Saint Clare’s operates hospitals in Boonton Township, Denville, Dover and Sussex Borough and other facilities located throughout Morris and Sussex counties. For more information about Saint Clare’s Health System, please visit www.saintclares.org.
Saint Clare’s is part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), a national nonprofit health organization with headquarters in Denver, Colorado. The faith-based system operates in 19 states and includes 73 hospitals; 40 long-term care, assisted- and residential-living facilities; two community health-services organizations; and home health agencies.