March 8, 2021
Today is International Women's Day!

A challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change. So, let's all #ChooseToChallenge. How will you help forge a gender equal world?
Celebrate women's achievement.
Raise awareness against bias.
Take action for equality.

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Colorectal cancer is a common cancer in men and women in the United States. It affects all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people who are 50 years old or older. Colorectal cancer screening saves lives.

A Fun Way to Learn about the COVID-19 Vaccine

This informative comic on the COVID-19 vaccine is suitable for all ages. Learn how an army of B-cells, T-cells, and antibodies will protect you.

Zufall Health Center has an exciting opportunity for anyone who would like to use creativity to promote racial equity. They are creating a short video to spread awareness that Black women are five times more likely to die from childbirth than White women in New Jersey.

The problem will be illustrated through the testimonials of Black mothers who have received inadequate maternal healthcare and their family members. The goal of this video will be to improve the health knowledge of care providers, policymakers, and women and their support systems and provide a message of hope.

Please email with your interest.
Upcoming Events
Women in Leadership Advocacy Round Table

March 10, 6:30pm ET

The Office of Student Affairs invites you to join this year's S.T.E.A.M Conference. Big Ten student leaders discuss how leadership and advocacy are at the center of the causes of the global pandemic and social unrest. 
Colon Cancer Awareness: Get the Facts

March 11, 6:30pm ET

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton invites you to join Herve Boucard, MD to get the facts about Colorectal Cancer, the 3rd leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States.
Disparate Environmental Impacts: Causes and Solutions to Environmental Injustice

March 11, 7pm ET

The East Brunswick Public Library invites you to this free webinar, focusing on the various causes of environmental inequality and its effects, and on ways that these inequalities can be prevented. 

March 12, 1pm ET - English
March 12, 2pm ET - Spanish

The Mobile Family Success Center invites you to join this free virtual workshop series. Workshop 2 is hosted by Central Jersey Family Health Consortium on Exploring Milestones and Safe Sleep.
Attend two workshops to receive FREE diapers and wipes.
Creating Connection and Community through Courageous Conversations

March 12, 7pm to 9pm ET
March 13, 12pm to 4:30pm ET

Rutgers Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology invites you this virtual event, held in partnership with the APA Division 51 (Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinities). The conference will focus on understanding diverse perspectives on the lives of boys and men. Fees apply.
COVID-19 Updates: Testing and Vaccines March 8, 11am ET
To pre-register, email

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton

COVID-19 Series: A Year Later March 11, 10:30am ET
Mobile Family Success Center and Family Support Organization
Funding Opportunities
Public Welfare Foundation: Social Justice Grant

The Public Welfare Foundation supports efforts to advance justice and opportunity for people in need. The Foundation looks for strategic points where its funds can make a significant difference and improve lives through policy and system reform that results in transformative change. The Foundation focuses on three program areas: Criminal Justice, Juvenile Justice and Workers’ Rights.
Letters of Inquiry are accepted
on a rolling basis.
Learn more about the fund here.
Provident Bank Foundation - Major Grants

The Provident Bank Foundation's Major Grants emphasizes support of sustainable community enhancement and short-term change, addressing one or more of the foundation’s funding priority areas - Community Enrichment; Education; and Health, Youth & Families.
Letters of Intent due July 23rd.
Learn more about the fund here.
Community Resources
The CDC works with partners to reduce the burden of colorectal cancer in the United States, learn more about what they are doing here. Colorectal cancer screening saves lives, learn more about your testing options.

CDC’s Division of Reproductive Health is the focal point for issues related to reproductive health, maternal health, and infant health. Read more here.

In our second video, Jeffrey Carson, MD, addresses additional COVID-19 questions and concerns, including some you might not have considered.
Watch Part Two of the Navigating COVID Series.

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.

Middlesex County residents can register for a free COVID-19 test at sites throughout the county. Appointments required. The sites provide saliva-based test kits developed at Rutgers University.

University and college presidents of color say trust the science.
Take the COVID shot. Read the full story here.

Vaccines are Here: Now What? What to expect as vaccines become widely available - Learn accurate information on COVID-19 vaccines and treatments from both doctors and community members. Watch the recorded webinar 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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