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Rutgers H.O.P.E. Clinic director, Frank Giannelli (right), accepts a $60,000 check donation on April 19 from the Affinity Foundation, the nonprofit organization of Affinity Federal Credit Union. The gift allows clinic officials to expand primary health care services for underserved populations across central New Jersey. (R) Frank Giannelli, Jr. trustee, Affinity Foundation; MaryAnne Melanson, trustee, Affinity Foundation; Kawanzaa King, trustee, Affinity Foundation; Karla Wallack, executive director, Affini

“Part of our mission is to make medical services accessible and affordable to the communities we partner with,” said Frank Giannelli, an assistant professor for the physician assistant program at the Rutgers School of Health Professions. “With help from Affinity, we can provide free primary care to uninsured and underserved adults and keep the clinic open longer.”

Woman with girl in wheelchair

People with autism and intellectual disabilities historically have a life expectancy nearly 20 years less than the general population, in part because of a lack of specialized care.

To address these health inequities, Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care, the RWJBarnabas Health network and nonprofit organization Woods Services are establishing the first integrated primary and behavioral health care center for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and autism in New Jersey.

Rutgers nurses

To encourage students to join nursing’s dwindling ranks, an anonymous donor gave the Rutgers School of Nursing $2 million to establish an endowed fund that will provide full tuition scholarships for nursing undergraduates each year. The first preference for the scholarship goes to bachelor’s degree students from Newark area high schools, particularly those coming from Weequahic High School, where the donor graduated.

Collage of photos of healthcare patients

COVID-19 changed the way we communicate and interact globally while underscoring deep inequities in access to the internet and digital technology, notably among urban-dwelling older adults on fixed low-incomes. The lack of access to user-friendly technological devices and/or broadband services and proficiency in their usage, which is often referred to as “the digital divide,” is a long-recognized problem in communities of color, especially among older adults.

Doctors of RWJ

RWJBarnabas Health, the largest, most comprehensive academic health care system in New Jersey, has been recognized by Newsweek as one of “America’s Greatest Workplaces 2023 for Diversity.” RWJBarnabas Health is one of 1,000 companies in the United States to earn the designation. RWJBarnabas Health, in partnership with Rutgers University, is New Jersey’s largest academic health care system.