January 18, 2023

Alternatives to Menthol Cigarettes Pose Significant Addiction and Health Risks

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should extend the ban on menthol flavored cigarettes and cigars to include potential substitutes like menthol pipe tobacco and cigarette tubes, say researchers at Rutgers Center for Tobacco Studies and The Ohio State University.

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The Princeton Pulse Podcast

The Center for Health and Wellbeing has dropped a new episode titled "Measuring 'The Good Life' - Alternative Metrics for National Wellbeing." The conversation addresses the shortcomings of GDP (as a metric for national wellbeing), how to construct a more accurate and useful index, and the vital role of data-based policymaking.

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Community Engagement Virtual Salons (CEVS)

CEVS bring researchers together with patients, community members, and health care stakeholders to actively participate in cross-talk. It provides a forum for generating research questions, identifying evidence gaps, and defining outcomes meaningful to patients. To see a CEVS in action, take a look at the summary video featured below.

If you're interested in working with us, click here to learn more.

Upcoming Events

Rutgers Center for State Health Policy Virtual Discussion: Exploring Interstate Licensure Compacts: Implications for NJ’s Healthcare Workforce

January 18, 2pm ET

This forum is an opportunity to discuss the implications of interstate licensure compacts on healthcare workforce supply. The forum will begin with a brief, discussion-stimulating presentation on New Jersey’s COVID-19 temporary licensure reciprocity program and followed by a moderated panel discussion about short-term and long-term implications of interstate licensure compacts on healthcare workforce supply.

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Funding Opportunities

Sustainable Jersey Grants Program Cycle

New Jersey municipalities that are registered or certified in the Sustainable Jersey Program and have an appointed green team are eligible to apply for up to $20,000 in funding from the Sustainable Jersey Grants Program. With support from the PSEG Foundation, this funding cycle will advance local sustainability initiatives in municipalities and schools across the state. The PSEG Foundation's ongoing support of the Sustainable Jersey Grants Program is an excellent example of how public/private partnerships can encourage local grassroots efforts to improve the quality of life in New Jersey. The funding cycle will award: 

     Four (4) $20,000 project grants

     Eight (8) $10,000 project grants

     Twenty (20) $2,000 project or green team support grants 

     The first two sections of the grant application are due Friday, February 10, 2023. Learn more here.

Community Resources

Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School’s Department of Pediatrics has a website with multilingual resources about COVID-19 vaccines for children and young adults. Resources are available in English, Spanish, Mandarin, Tagalog, Hindi, and Korean, the top six languages spoken in New Jersey.

New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub: The State of New Jersey has put together a list of resources about the COVID-19 virus including testing sites, signs and symptoms, and FAQs about social services. 

You can find community-based and local COVID-19 testing site locations and hours here.

Visit New Jersey’s COVID-19 Vaccine Registration site to pre-register for the vaccine. New Jersey's Covid-19 Vaccine Appointment Call Center can be reached at 855-568-0545.

New Jersey Alliance for Clinical and Translational Science

This newsletter is supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under award number, UL1TR003017 to Rutgers University. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not represent the official views of the NIH.

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