May is National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month
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The Salem Health & Wellness Foundation’s mission is to invest in sustainable initiatives that promote the overall health of Salem County residents. The Foundation’s vision is to be a financial resource for organizations specializing in servicing the health needs that are deemed to be unmet or underserved.
The Foundation opened its offices in August 2003. The first grant was awarded in January 2004 and since that time the Foundation has awarded 59 grants to 43 organizations for a total of $10,148,406.
Salem Ranks Last with Kids Count
The 2013 Kids Count Report compares New Jersey’s 21 counties on 13 measures of child well-being, including child poverty, health, safety and education. Hunterdon, Morris, Somerset, Bergen and Middlesex were the top five ranking counties, while Salem, Cumberland, Atlantic, Cape May and Passaic were the five lowest. Hunterdon County ranked number one out of all New Jersey counties in the overall well-being of its children, while Salem County ranked last, according to the New Jersey Kids Count annual rankings and county profiles released today.
Improving the Health of our Children
The Salem Health & Wellness Foundation has announced a new initiative Healthy Kids, Bright Futures, with a focus on nutrition and childhood obesity and teen pregnancy. The Foundation believes its greatest impact can be made by dedicating funds to influence change in reducing the health disparities of children and adolescents in Salem County. Investing in greatly reducing childhood obesity and teen pregnancy in Salem County is our first commitment to this goal. Further, we believe that we can make the greatest impact by:
- Promoting innovation through best practices and successful models in both our proactive and responsive grantmaking.
- Increasing our influence and institutional leverage on behalf of those we serve by playing multiple roles beyond grantmaking: roles in areas such as education, advocacy, and convening.