Middlesex County launches the Community Health Team
A Countywide initiative which will educate and spread awareness on health and wellness services offered by the County to residents
MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ – The Middlesex County Board of Commissioners in partnership with the Office of Health Services, the Department of Community Services, and other County departments and offices have launched the Middlesex County Community Health Team, a field-based campaign which includes door-to-door canvassing as well as remote canvassing via phone and text messaging. The goal of this project is to provide information directly to residents at home on all resources and programs offered by the County including COVID-19 vaccines and testing, Telehealth, Emergency Rental Assistance, REPLENISH, MCAT, and much more.
“The COVID-19 pandemic brought into sharp focus how limited access to County resources, including general health and wellness programs, can have a devastating effect on our community,” said Board of County Commissioners Director Ronald G. Rios. “On our road to recovery, the County offers a variety of services and programs that go beyond COVID-19 resources to better serve our community and to bring us another step closer toward strengthening the long-term health of our County. Our goal now is to ensure that every County resident is aware of these resources and knows how to access them. Through their door-to-door efforts, the Community Health Team will help make that a reality.”
“With COVID-19 sharpening the focus on recent health and wellness trends, the Middlesex County Board of Commissioners understand just how vital our role is in ensuring our communities are taking a proactive approach to healthy living,” said Deputy Director of the Middlesex County Board of County Commissioners, Shanti Narra. “The County, in partnership with key leaders in the health industry, recognize that many of our initiatives related to the COVID-19 pandemic and social services require direct outreach to residents. And while engaging hard to reach communities on a massive scale has been a challenge in the past, the Middlesex County Community Health Team will help relieve barriers by providing access to valuable information and insights on care where it is needed the most and focusing on bilingual outreach needs.”
“The Middlesex County Community Health Team is a comprehensive effort meant to provide door-to-door, community-based information directly to residents about vital health and community services provided by the County,” said County Commissioner Claribel Azcona-Barber. “As a key component of this initiative, we encourage everyone in our Middlesex County community to participate and communicate if you need help related to COVID-19, healthcare and wellness, housing, employment, or food with a member from our Community Health Team.”
Although this is a Countywide initiative, the Middlesex County Community Health Team will begin its operation in New Brunswick and Perth Amboy. In addition to creating awareness and educating residents on health-based resources offered by the County, this initiative will connect multicultural families on a more personable level by prioritizing bilingual communication to ensure they are receiving support and relief.
The Middlesex County Community Health Team will be going door-to-door daily throughout the County from 1 pm to 6 pm starting Wednesday, February 9. Members of this team will always wear masks and observe appropriate social distancing protocols while engaging residents. Employees will be credentialed with identification badges as the “Middlesex Community Health Team” and will be wearing bright neon safety vests while they are working in the community.
For more information about the Middlesex County Community Health Team, please visit: Middlesexcountynj.gov/
MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ
Middlesex County is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies, three universities, 19 park systems, and world-class healthcare and research facilities making it one of the nation’s most dynamic regions and a leader in technology, transportation, the arts, and food innovation. As one of the most diverse populations in the country, Middlesex County is home to over 832,000 residents living throughout 25 municipalities. Ranked #1 in the state for best schools, the County offers an award-winning vocational school system, a county college, and workforce development creating a unique ecosystem in which opportunities abound. Conveniently located between New York and Philadelphia, Middlesex County is a leading destination for businesses and residents alike to live, work, and play – and has been since the 17th century. For more information, visit middlesexcountynj.gov an
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