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NJCRI Volume 2 Issue 3 Newsletter


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NJCRI Volume 2 Issue 3 Newsletter

  1. 1. Volume 2, Issue 3 Summer 2010 North Jersey Community Research Initiative Community First About NJCRI The North Jersey Community Research Initiative (NJCRI) is New Jersey’s largest and most comprehensive HIV/AIDS community-based organization. Our mission is “to help people with HIV/AIDS and those at risk for HIV/AIDS.” We conduct state-wide HIV clinical trials, and provide HIV treatment, care and prevention ser- vices in the Greater Newark Area. Populations we serve include youth and adults, men and women, men who have sex with men, people who acquire or who are at risk for HIV through injection drug use and others. NJCRI also seeks to address the concerns and disparities of access to health care faced by minority populations. Some of the non-HIV related services we offer include behavioral research, chronic illness management education, street outreach, substance abuse treatment, transportation, food pantry and technical assistance to other community-based organizations. Approximately 5,000 people avail themselves of our free and confidential services each year. Inside this issue: Client Corner 2 North Jersey Community Research Initiative Announces $40, 000 Matching Gift Program LGBT Pride Month 3 Schedule Like many community based organizations, the North Jersey Community Research Initia- tive (NJCRI) needs funding to maintain its services. On May 4, 2010 Brian McGovern, Ex- What a Great Success!! 4 ecutive Director of NJCRI, formally announced the launch of the NJCRI “Meet the Chal- lenge” Matching Gift Program. Two special donors, who share our enthusiasm for NJCRI’s future, have come together to create the Program. For every dollar you contribute to Chronic Disease Self 5 NJCRI, they will contribute a dollar, matching all donations up to $20,000. Management Program “These gifts could not have come at a better time. Unfortunately, like many other groups, Upcoming Programs our budget has become a victim of the economy,” explained McGovern. “We provide 6 and/or Events medical care, mental health counseling, HIV prevention, HIV testing, nutrition, education, syringe exchange services and a youth drop-in center to over 5,000 clients annually. Our Matching Gift Program will help ensure continuing care for them.” “Meet the Challenge” will continue until June 30, 2010. To date, NJCRI has raised almost $7,000, totaling almost $14,000 for NJCRI with our dollar-for-dollar match. Continues on Page 2
  2. 2. Community First Continues from Page 1 North Jersey Community Research Initiative Announces $40, 000 Matching Gift Program “In the past, our donors have been amazingly committed. Through this program we hope to not only attract new donors but also challenge our current donors to increase their commitment,” said Joseph Rothenberg, Finance Director. “We think it’s important to let all of them know how much we really need them now.” Donations to NJCRI are accepted in five methods: check, money order, paypal, credit card or in person. You can send your donations to: NJCRI Attention: Joseph Rothenberg 393 Central Avenue Newark, NJ 07103 Information on how to donate is available at under the “How You Can Help” tab. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO HAVE DONATED SO FAR! Client’s Corner My name is Paul Q. and I would What I really can say about NJCRI like to let everyone know about is that if you really want to get NJCRI. back on your feet, I mean this from the bottom of my heart, just come It’s not just for HIV/AIDS, this place to 393 Central Avenue and First is so amazing. It’s about every sick- street. You will never make a bet- ness that anyone has from a person ter stop in your life. that drinks a lot or has any type of substance abuse addiction. Thanks NJCRI and Staff. Paul Q. When I first came here to NJCRI, I had really given up on life. I mean they picked me up from Turning this addiction I had really tore me up Point and drove me to a shelter in mentally as well as physically. Then Newark. With the help of Ms. Smith I met Ms. Grace Smith, my case and other NJCRI staff members, my worker at NJCRI, and the other staff. life is back on track. Ms. Smith started my life on the Seeking Cures For Tomorrow right track with the help of the out- Now I am waiting to get my own Providing Support For Today! reach team who took me to a detox apartment and I am back in school center. When I was finished at the getting a training on how to drive a detox center, NJCRI’s outreach team forklift. I am in the process of get- came and picked me up and took me ting my license for the first time. to Turning Point in Secaucus, NJ for 60 days. Again, when I came out Page 2
  3. 3. Volume 2, Issue 3 NJCRI Celebrates LGBT Pride Month! Newark-Essex Pride Week 2010 PRIDE WEEK EVENTS (events are subject to change) Monday, June 7, 2010 Hosted by the Newark Pride Alliance, the Saturday, June 12, 2010 FLAG RAISING Safe Spaces Conference is an annual SHADEFEST MINI-BALL presented by 5:00pm ∙ Newark City Hall ∙ 920 Broad event that brings together stakeholders to NJCRI Project WOW! Street ∙ Downtown Newark discuss ways in which we can work to- 3:00pm - 8:00pm “Rising Higher” begins with the 4th an- gether to make our community a safe NJCRI ∙ 393 Central Avenue ∙ Newark nual LGBTIQ Pride Flag Raising Cere- place for all residents. This year’s confer- Project WOW is Newark’s leading mony at Newark City Hall. The ceremony ence will focus on health and wellness LGBTQ youth drop-in center. Join them is the official endorsement of Newark- issues such as healthy eating, spirituality, as they present their annual mini-ball! Essex Pride Week by the Municipal and mental health. Council and Mayor Cory Booker. The SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER flying of the flag is a celebration of the HAPPY HOUR @ THEATER SQUARE 9:30pm-2:00am LGBTIQ community and a symbol of BISTRO Kilkenny's Alehouse (upper level), 27 empowerment for all. 5:00pm ∙ 8:00pm Central Avenue Downtown Newark Theater Square Bistro ∙ NJPAC/One Cen- FLAG RAISING RECEPTION ter Street ∙ Downtown Newark Sunday June 13, 2010 Immediately following flag raising ∙ New- Join NJPAC in celebrating the Greater COMMUNITY PRAYER & PRAISE ark City Hall Rotunda ∙ 920 Broad Street ∙ Newark LGBTQ community. Happy SERVICE presented by Liberation In Downtown Newark Hour at the Bistro is a time to connect Truth Unity Fellowship Church Join the City of Newark, Newark-Essex with old friends, make a few new ones all 10:00am - 11:30am ∙ Washington Park ∙ Pride Coalition and the LGBTQ Concerns while celebrating Newark-Essex Pride Downtown Newark Advisory Commission for a post flag rais- Week. Food & drink specials and live Join LIT in a worship filled service of ing reception. musical entertainment feat. Gary Paul celbration. All are welcome! Wright and The cast of RENT Tuesday, June 8, 2010 No Cover Charge PRIDE PARADE KARAOKE NIGHT 12:00pm ∙ Parade route begins at Halsey 9:30pm ∙ 1:00am Friday, June 11, 2010 Street & Treat Place Nick’s Bar & Restaurant ∙ 28 Central REEL GAY: A FILM SCREENING & The 3rd Annual Pride Parade will feature Avenue & Halsey Street ∙ Downtown DISCUSSION FEATURING DANIEL a procession/march down Halsey Street in Newark KARSLAKE AND HIS ACCLAIMED a formal celebration of the LGBTIQ com- Bring your best Beyonce, Queen, Shania FILM "FOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME munity. Organizations and individuals are and perform like a star! SO" welcome to participate. No Cover Charge 6:00pm – 9:00pm Location: NJCRI 393 Central Avenue, PRIDE JAM IN THE PARK Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2nd Floor, Newark, NJ 12:00pm - 8:30pm ∙ Washington Park ∙ JUSTICE OUT LOUD UNPLUGGED Downtown Newark PRESENTED BY ACLU-NJ B.L.I.S.S. ENTERTAINMENT PRE- The festival will feature a variety of ven- 8:00pm ∙ 10:00pm SENTS: FRIDAY NIGHT HEAT FOR dors, including LGBTQ agencies, service Brick City Bar & Grill ∙ 45 Halsey Street ∙ WOMEN WHO LOVE WOMEN providers, local businesses and advocacy Downtown Newark 10:00pm-3:00am groups at a day-long event with food and Professional story tellers breathe life into Nick’s Bar & Restaurant ∙ 28 Central live entertainment. Performers include a their encounters with justice, freedom, Avenue ∙ Downtown Newark combination of local, homegrown and persecution, coming out, self-discovery, $12 before 12:00am, more after regional talent with a focus on performers and redemption. Sometimes poignant, Exclusive VIP room & entertainment who are part of the Greater Newark sometimes funny, always illuminating. (space is limited). indoor/outdoor party LGBT community. Drink specials, $10 pitchers of Sangria, Thursday, June 10, 2010 $0.50wings until midnight. Tri-state’s COLORS OF CARE: CREATING SAFE hottest DJs SPACES IN HEALTH & WELLNESS 8:00am ∙ 5:00pm ∙ UMDNJ Medical Sci- ence Building ∙ 185 South Orange Avenue Newark, NJ 07103 Page 3
  4. 4. Volume 2, Issue 3 What a great success!! Chronic Disease Self Management Program (CDSMP) Live Healthy, Live Happy Workshops! The Live Healthy, Live Happy workshop, founded by the Office of Minority and Multicultural Health, is a six-week program that meets once a week for 2 1/2 hours. Workshop participants learn how to self manage chronic illness and take a more active role in their health care. The workshop series that began on April 13, 2010 was a great success. Con- gratulations to all participants for completing the program and for making this workshop an amazing experience. A big thanks to Nimaako Brown, Assistant Project Manager of NJCRI’s Project COPE and Aura Caicedo, Manager of Project CHETA and Live Healthy, Live Happy for facilitating this workshop. For more information on upcoming workshops or to schedule one in your community, contact Nimaako Brown at (973) 483-3444 ext. 184. NJCRI Customer Relations Training NJCRI employees recently Topics covered included com- completed a 4-day Customer munication, how to identify Relations training to expand customer needs, how to manage their knowledge of customer different customer behaviors relations and customer support. and problem solving among The 12 hour training was pro- others. Instructional manuals vided by Greg Skelley from were given to staff and every- Essex County College through a body who completed the train- Department of Labor grant. ing received a certificate. Thank you MAC! On Friday, May 7, 2010 NJCRI clients and staff enjoyed a few hours of beauty and relaxa- tion as they received free makeovers from MAC Cosmetics. About 50 people attended and were given an individualized beauty consultation with one of MAC’s four professional makeup artists from around the area. Participants chose their favorite makeup - from blush to eyeshadow to lipstick and were given a complete makeover. A great time was had by all. Thank you MAC Cosmetics for making this event possible! Page 4
  5. 5. Community First Take Control of Your Health: Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) For the past year, NJCRI has been offer- came together for a day of fidelity with T- ing Chronic Disease Self-Management Trainers Mari and Lisa. We had a great Program (CDSMP) workshops and Peer day full of fidelity tips and protocol to en- Leader trainings. The CDSMP sure the success of CDSMP. (developed at the Stanford University Patient Education Research Center with The Implementation Manual for Master AHRQ funding) can help prevent or delay Trainers has been updated and was dis- disability. Additional AHRQ-funded re- tributed on this day, as part of the new search has also shown that education Master Trainer/Peer Leaders manual. and lifestyle changes can reduce disabil- The implementation Manual provides ity, control costs and have a positive in- guidance on the role and responsibility of fluence on the quality of life of elderly a Master Trainer. Americans. Master Trainers are responsible to con- The CDSMP Peer Leader training is a 4- duct at least one observation visit on all Peer Leader Training day training for anyone motivated to help Peer Leaders under their leadership. starting on June 16th, 2010 themselves and to assist others to man- The observation visit can be at sessions age chronic health conditions (diabetes, 2, 3, 4 or 5. The purpose of the Peer at NJCRI arthritis, HIV, cholesterol, heart disease, Leader observation is to support the etc.) Participants MUST attend all four Peer Leader and share ideas to ensure For Information Contact: (4) days of the training in order to be- fidelity. It is an opportunity to strengthen Nimaako Brown the Peer Leader model and to maintain come a certified Peer Leadership trainer. (973) 483-3444 ext. 184 All workshops and trainings are designed quality of the Take Control of Your or to be facilitated by 2 people. Each Health program. Aura Caicedo trainee receives a detailed leader's man- (973) 483-3444 ext. 204 ual, and a copy of the workshop's text- book . On May 14th, over 60 Master Trainers Page 5
  6. 6. Community First Phone: 973-483-3444 Upcoming Programs and/or Events Fax: 973-485-7080 Support Groups For information about upcoming group meetings, call (973) 483-3444 Founder William P. Orr, M.A. Project WOW! KIKI Function For information, call (888) 688-9078 Board of Trustees Dwight Peavy Chair United We Stand-Night of Outreach Committee Meeting For information , call (973) 483-3444 ext 203 Thomas Flynn Vice Chair Carol Mori CDSMP Peer Leader Training Treasurer For information , call (973) 483-3444 ext 184 Jeffrey Bomser How to Start a HIV and Domestic Violence Program Training In Memoriam Online Social Networking Training Institutional Review Board James M. Oleske, M.D. Chair Team Development—Training Youth Advisory Board Ka'leef C. Washington Development of Infrastructure—Training Chair For information , call (973) 483-3444 ext 204 Directors Shade Fest 2010 Brian McGovern, L.S.W. Executive Director Saturday, June 12, 2010 For information, call (888) 688-9078 George Perez, M.D. Medical Director Corey DeStefano, B.S. Director, Clinical Research and Compli- Does your organization have a presence on Twitter or YouTube? ance Officer If so, follow NJCRI at and Robert C. Baxter, M.P.A. Director, Addiction, Prevention and Educa- tional Services Joseph Rothenberg, M.B.A. Director, Finance Donate Over the Phone (973) 483-3444 ext. 191 Seeking Cures For Tomorrow Donate on our Website Providing Support For Today! Donate By Mail Send Us A Check NJCRI Newsletter created by: Aura C. Caicedo 393 Central Avenue Edited by: Bob Baxter, Nimaako Brown, Aura C. Caicedo, Caroline E.S. Harris Newark, NJ 07103