CJFHC offers the articles below as a way to connect to the growing constellation of resources being made available to support NJ residents in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope these tools better position families and providers to make the most informed decisions they can about their wellness and safety.
County Resource Updates Due to Coronavirus (as of 6/3/2020)
Use these links to access updates on testing centers, diaper banks, food banks, clothing banks, employment assistance and other community resources.

New Jersey Virtual Youth Town Hall
Join the New Jersey Department of Health for a youth-led Town Hall on COVID-19 from 11am-1pm on June 11th.

All NJ middle and high school students are invited to ask questions, share thoughts and feelings, connect with peers and adult allies and have some fun!

Strategies to Provide Equitable Care During COVID-19
The Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) supports the clinical practice of maternal-fetal medicine by providing education, promoting research and engaging in advocacy to optimize the health of high-risk pregnant women and their babies.

This month, SMFM released a new infographic outlining strategies to provide equitable care during COVID-19.

Mid-Jersey CARES Regional Early Intervention Collaborative Has Great News
This postcard is just one way the Mid-Jersey CARES Regional Early Intervention System (MJC REIC) has targeted communications to our primary referrals sources about the New Jersey Early Intervention System (NJEIS). Pediatricians, family physicians, hospitals, Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs), essential childcare centers, and other health care professionals in our region will receive the postcard shortly.

Over the past few weeks, MJC REIC has seen a substantial increase in referrals, bringing our totals to about 50% of our typical referral volume. Thank you for sharing information with families about NJEIS.

Referrals to early intervention can be made by calling our toll-free line at 888-653-4463.

For information about expected developmental milestones and when to be concerned about a possible developmental delay, please see our developmental brochure by using these links.
The Role of Stigma for Pregnant and Parenting Women in Addiction and Recovery
1-Hour On Demand Webinar
Provided by Central Jersey Family Health Consortium
Deena Cohen, BA, CADC, WTS and Roseann Cervelli, MS, LCADC, CCS, CP

Our speakers will discuss the role of stigma in addiction and addiction recovery. What providers need to understand about stigma, stigmatizing language and how healthcare professionals can successfully lead women to treatment, healing and recovery by starting with compassion.

Addiction, Marijuana Use During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
1-hour On Demand Webinar
Provided by Central Jersey Family Health Consortium Addiction

Debbie Riscica BS, OTR, CADC, WTS, CTTS

Speaker will discuss the risk factors for addiction, addiction as a brain disease and the impact of addiction and marijuana use during pregnancy and breastfeeding on both mother and infant including Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS). Common misconceptions about substance use will be addressed.

Virtual Support Groups
(Kindly include the subject line: New Mom Support)
(Kindly include the subject line: New Dads Support)
(Kindly include the subject line: Hearts and Minds Support)
(Kindly include the subject line: Breastfeeding Families Support)
Parent’s Guide to Child Safety from Safe Kids Worldwide
The Parent’s Guide to Child Safety is a new resource from Safe Kids Worldwide. This guide has proven advice and top tips from safety experts to help families reduce risks, prevent injuries and keep kids safe at home, at play and on the road.

Recommendations of the New Jersey Perinatal Care During COVID-19 Work Group report
The New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute, at the request of the State and several Foundations supporting perinatal care in New Jersey, led a Work Group comprised of maternal and child health experts in New Jersey. The Work Group has issued far-reaching recommendations to guide pregnant individuals and their providers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This month, they've availed materials to facilitate sharing the recommendations via social media.

NJ WIC Offers New Resources
New Jersey Women Infant and Children is a public health nutrition program that provides education, nutritious food and improved access to health care and social services for low or moderate-income pregnant women, new mothers and children younger than five years of age.

Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Routine Pediatric Vaccine Ordering and Administration
New Guidance, Resources and Advocacy Tools from ACOG
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists's new Advocacy Center offers comprehensive practice support resources and advocacy tools.

Also access new and updated resources related to COVID-19 in the following topics:

  • Clinical Guidance
  • Practice Support
  • Advocacy for Your Most Pressing Needs 
  • Physician Wellness
  • Resources for Patients 
  • Other ACOG Guidance
COVID-19 Support Groups
You know the importance of vaccinations but you also want to keep you child safe. Do you maintain that schedule?

Dr. Margaret Fisher, MD, Chief of Pediatrics at Monmouth Medical Center offers answers.

Nurses and healthcare professionals working with families of infants will explore evidenced based strategies for reducing the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related infant deaths.

Links to State and Local Resources
Central Jersey Family Health Consortium | Website