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             COMMUNITY UPDATE

     Cumberland County                    a fan, residents must provide their name,   South Jersey Industries is donating   Cumberland County. This was Joan’s first

     Offering Free Fans                   address, and date of birth during pick-up.   $1,000 to the county to help cover the cost   dose of the Pfizer vaccine.
                                                                                                                      “The vaccination effort continues to
                                                                               of the fans. For more information, call the
                                            “Due to COVID-19, our cooling cen-
        Cumberland County Commissioners   ters were closed to seniors last year,” said   Office on Aging at 856-453-2220.  be tremendously rewarding and we are
     have announced a free fan distribution   Cumberland County Commissioner Carol                                 thrilled to mark this major milestone,”
     program to eligible residents in an effort   Musso. “With this distribution, we aim to   Inspira Health Administers   said Amy Mansue, president and CEO of
     to prepare for the summer heat. The   provide some needed relief to those indi-                               Inspira Health. “By partnering with our
     Cumberland County Office of Aging and   viduals who otherwise would utilize our   100,000th Dose of           communities, schools, places of worship
     Disabled acquired 250 fans for a contact-  cooling centers.”              COVID-19 Vaccine                    and businesses, we have helped dra-
     less drive-through program. Distribution is   Eligible Cumberland County residents                            matically reduce the spread and impact
     on a first-come-first-serve basis; qualified   may stop by the Office of Aging & Disabled   Inspira Health administered its   of COVID-19 in our region. With 100,000
     residents will be able to pick up their fan   on Thursday, June 24, between 1 and   100,000th dose of COVID-19 vaccine on   doses administered, we remain commit-
     on June 24 beginning at 1 p.m.       3:30 p.m. The office is located at 800 E.   June 15, in its effort to vaccinate as many   ted to making the vaccine easily available
        Any Cumberland County resident 60   Commerce Street in Bridgeton. The county   South Jersey residents as possible. The   throughout the region.”
     years of age or older is eligible. The fans are   will assist residents in loading the 20-inch   100,000th vaccine was given to Joan   Inspira’s focus has been and continues
     limited to one per household. To pick up   box fans into their trunk.     Lentine, 75, from Hopewell Township in             Continued on next page

       Inspira Donates $50,000 to Help End Chronic
       Homelessness in Cumberland County
           Inspira Health recently announced its fourth donation of $50,000 to help fund the
       Cumberland County Housing First Collaborative efforts to end chronic homelessness in
       Cumberland County. The Housing First model has proven to reduce health care costs
       and incarceration and recently, the Collaborative celebrated the milestone of moving
       their 100th client into a new home.
          The Cumberland County Housing First Collaborative is a collection of social service
       organizations, faith-based institutions, and government officials committed to tack-
       ling the problem of homelessness. The guiding agency of this collaboration is the M25
       initiative with additional partners including Gateway Community Action Partnership,
       PRAC of Southern New Jersey, Resources for Independent Living, Acenda Integrated
       Healthcare, Inspira Health, CompleteCare Health Network, Cumberland County
       Government & Correctional Facility, and Volunteers of America Delaware Valley. The
       Collaborative was started in December 2015, and in the summer of 2017, the organization
       began moving in clients who transitioned from being homeless to being homeBLESSED.
          “Our mission as a health care network is to improve the lives of all we serve in the
       community,” said Amy Mansue, president and CEO of Inspira. “The work that has been
       accomplished thus far has been extraordinary, and we are honored to be a founding   sustainable no- or low-cost housing—as well as offer “wrap-around” services including
       member of this initiative to help put an end to chronic homelessness. I am grateful for   mental health care, case management, social services, and medical health care. By stabi-
       the community partners who make up the Collaborative and the leadership provided by   lizing their living situation and offering comprehensive care, these individuals have an
       the M25 Initiative.”                                                    opportunity to improve their own social determinants of health which, ultimately, leads
          Since 2017, Inspira has donated a total of more than $200,000 to the Collaborative,   to a more equitable distribution of health care resources across the community and bet-
       demonstrating its commitment to addressing chronic homelessness, which is a signifi-  ter quality of life.
       cant social determinant of health. The Housing First model places people in their own   The M25 Initiative has announced that it has secured funding to place an additional
       dwelling first, while simultaneously making sure that all needed medical, behavioral   20 individuals in their own homes through 2022.
       health and social services are being provided.                            The M25 Initiative is a 501(c)(3) non-profit in Cumberland County, NJ created for the
          We are very grateful for Inspira’s partnership and donations to make this important   sole purpose of engaging, equipping, empowering, and mobilizing individuals and orga-
       work possible,” said Dr. Robin Weinstein, president of the M25 Initiative and founder   nizations to employ innovative and cooperative solutions to alleviate suffering, feed the
       of the Cumberland County Housing First Collaborative. “With Inspira’s continued sup-  hungry, end poverty, reduce crime, revitalize a spirit community and transform lives.
       port, we are addressing homelessness in a humanistic and holistic way by providing our   For more information on the Housing First Collaborative, visit endhomlessness2020.
       clients with a home, medical and behavioral health services and logistical support to help   com. For more on the M25 Initiative, visit m25initiative.org or call 1-844-M25-HOPE.
       them improve their well-being.”                                         For more about Inspira Health, visit InspiraHealthNetwork.org or call 1-800-INSPIRA.
          According to data compiled by the M25 Initiative and Collaborative partners, the pro-
       gram has a retention rate of 88 percent after one year. Since 2017, initial findings indicate   From left: Ralph Padilla, CEO Puerto Rican Action Committee; Ron Rossi, Inspira
       a reduction of hospital utilization from 60 percent to 90 percent among clients with a   Health chairman of the Board of Trustees; Ray Garcia, M25 incoming president; Amy
       record of prior utilization. Based on the data compiled from the local jail, initial findings   Mansue, Inspira Health president & CEO; Dave Moore, Inspira Health executive director
       indicate a reduction of jail stays from 86 to 95 percent among clients with a record of   of Behavioral Health; Dr. Robin Weinstein, founder and president M25; Anne Hartman,
       prior utilization.                                                      M25 Board Member; Albert B. Kelly, Mayor of Bridgeton; and Joe Derella, director
          Through collaboration with its partners, the organization can provide stable and   Cumberland County Board of Commissioners.
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