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Date: 10-27-10
Name: Rob Forman
Phone: 973 972 7276

New Mobile Medical Clinic Dedicated to Serve the Youth of Newark

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Children in Newark have a new way to receive health care � by having the care come to them. On October 22, a new mobile medical clinic was dedicated for use by the New Jersey Children's Health Project, a collaboration between the Children's Health Fund and the UMDNJ-School of Nursing. The mobile clinic, which is sponsored by a $500,000 grant from the Webkinz Foundation and contains two exam rooms plus a dental chair, will offer physical examinations, vision and hearing testing and immunizations, along with screenings for conditions including lead poisoning, asthma, diabetes, hypertension and cancer. The Children's Health Fund is the nation's leading pediatric provider of mobile-based health care for homeless and low-income children and their families.

Joined in the accompanying photo of the dedication by three Newark children who will benefit from the presence of the Mobile Medical Clinic are (l-r) Veronica Ray, CEO and Executive Director of The Leaguers, Inc.; Ariel Almacen, PsyD, MSN, APNC, Director of Community and Clinical Affairs for the New Jersey Children's Health Project; Irwin Redlener, MD, Co-Founder and President, Children's Health Fund; Delaney Gracy, MD, Children's Health Fund Childhood Asthma Initiative; Rep. Donald M. Payne (10th District, New Jersey); Mindy Ganz, Executive Director, Webkinz Foundation; Susan W. Salmond, EdD, RN, Dean, UMDNJ-School of Nursing; William F. Owen, Jr., MD, President, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey; Assemblyman Thomas F. Giblin (34th District, New Jersey); George F. Heinrich, MD, Vice Chairman and CEO, The Foundation of UMDNJ.

The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) is the nation's largest free-standing public health sciences university with more than 6,000 students attending the state's three medical schools, its only dental school, a graduate school of biomedical sciences, a school of health related professions, a school of nursing and its only school of public health on five campuses. Annually, there are more than two million patient visits at UMDNJ facilities and faculty practices at campuses in Newark, New Brunswick/Piscataway, Scotch Plains, Camden and Stratford. UMDNJ operates University Hospital, a Level I Trauma Center in Newark, and University Behavioral HealthCare, which provides a continuum of healthcare services with multiple locations throughout the state.

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