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New Jersey STD Rates on the Rise

4-20-16
STD rates are increasing in New Jersey, in part due to a change in funding that has caused many health centers to close, but also from a delay in young women being tested because of new recommendations.

Christie Reflects on Narcan Program

4-18-16
Gov. Christie visited Hoboken University Medical Center to discuss New Jersey's Narcan program and drug addiction in the state.

Lawmakers Hear From Acting NJ Health Commissioner

4-18-16
New Jersey Department of Health Acting Commissioner Cathleen Bennett spoke at the Assembly Budget Committee hearing, discussing a variety of topics, including action taken regarding the Zika virus, lead, tobacco, cancer research, opiate abuse, hospital acquisitions, reimbursement and charity care.

Research: More Followup Needed in Mental Health Care

4-18-16
South Jersey Behavioral Health Innovation Collaborative found that 15 percent of the adult population in the state has a mental illness. In the southern half, hospitals have seen a 20 percent increase in ER visits due to mental health conditions. Several hundred patients showed up using services in all five systems.

Opioid Addiction Forum Focuses on Prevention, Over Prescribing, Treatment

4-15-16
Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey sponsored a forum to discuss opioid addiction at Monmouth University with physicians, prescribers and policy makers.

Holy Name CEO: Facilities Outside U.S. Good for Patients, Doctors

4-15-16
Holy Name Medical Center has a satellite clinic in Haiti that has become popular with locals and even those in the U.S. seeking cheaper treatment options. CEO Michael Maron says that type of facility benefits doctors, who are able to use different methods, as well as patients.

Supportive Housing Association Director: NJ Needs More Affordable Housing

4-14-16
Supportive Housing Association Executive Director Gail Levinson says New Jersey needs more affordable housing options, particularly for the developmentally disabled.

Call for Mandate to Test All NJ Schools’ Drinking Water for Lead

4-11-16
Stakeholders are pushing to pass a statewide mandate that will test all New Jersey schools’ drinking water for lead contamination.

Author and Motivational Speaker talks About Living with Autism

4-11-16
Kerry Magro talks about his life and living with autism as well as the goals of the autism community.

RWJ, Barnabas Health Merger Creates NJ’s Largest Health Care System

4-8-16
The new RWJBarnabas, the product of a merger between Robert Wood Johnson and Barnabas Health, includes 11 acute care hospitals and dozens of other facilities and will reach nearly 5 million people.