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February 7, 2024 | Issue 116 (View newsletter as webpage) Para leer este boletín en Español, haga clic aquí

Due to an internal issue, our January 31 edition of The Bridge was never sent out as planned. We'd like to apologize. To read last week's issue, please click here.

Important News

Event photo of First Lady Tammy Murphy beside SPAN's Dr. Emajonite Etienne and her children.

Pictured L-R, NJ First Lady, Tammy Murphy stands beside SPAN's Dr. Emajonite Etienne and her children.

SPAN Attends Maternal Health Awareness Day Events

Deepa Srinivasavaradan, SPAN’s Director of Early Childhood Initiatives, participated in First Lady, Tammy Murphy's Maternal Health Awareness Day event on Tuesday, January 23, 2024 at the Children’s Home Society of New Jersey in Trenton.

SPAN’s NJ Inclusive Child Care Project also joined First Lady, Tammy Murphy and families at the Passaic Family Festival on Saturday, January 27, 2024. Over 1500 attendees received valuable resources and information.

SPAN's Community Health Workers on the CARES project also joined the Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern NJ at the Greater Newark Health Care Coalition's event, "Empowering Mothers, Ensuring Healthy Lives'' in Newark on January 23, 2024. We have a long way to go to ensure safe and respectful births for all families, but by working together, we are making meaningful changes in New Jersey.

To learn more about SPAN's New Jersey Inclusive Child Care Project, click here.

Pictured L-R, NJ First Lady, Tammy Murphy with SPAN's Director of Early Childhood Initiatives, Deepa Srinivasavaradan.


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NJ Department of Human Services, Office of New Americans Launches New Webpage for Migrants

The Office of New Americans has launched a webpage with important information for certain migrants who are eligible for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD).


Employers in the United States are required to verify that employees are allowed to work in the country. Certain foreign nationals may need to prove their eligibility to work in the U.S. by presenting an Employment Authorization Document (EAD), also known as a work permit.

The site details what an EAD is, who is eligible, how to apply, and other important information.

Join Us: Leadership, Advocacy & Family Engagement. Remembering

Debbie Esposito

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When: Monday, February 26

Time: 7:00 - 9:00 PM ET


In November, we lost our beloved Debbie.

For many, Debbie embodies the SPAN mantra: Effective, Empowered and Engaged. In lieu of our START Project Roundtable, we want to honor Debbie's legacy on family engagement and parent leadership.

Please join us in remembrance and discussion of Debbie's work, the legacy she created both locally and nationally, and hear from those who had the honor of working with Debbie through the years.

To register for the Zoom event,

 click here.

Upcoming Events

SPAN offers a variety of learning opportunities for families and the professionals who work with them.

Highlighted Event This Week

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Virtual Town Hall Meeting: A Discussion About Medicaid Unwinding


February 8, 2024

7:00 - 8:00 PM EST


Let's talk about the status of your health insurance through NJ Family Care/Medicaid.

Take action NOW to see if your coverage can continue.

Do you know and understand the steps to take to ensure you are covered?

Your voice is valuable! Make sure you register to join.

This Town Hall is open to all NJ residents.

To register, click here.

See all of SPAN's upcoming events with details and registration links here 

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Read our latest youth blog post, Burnout, to learn to avoid “burnout”, a state of exhaustion, stress, and a feeling of being overwhelmed. . 

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