Kaylyn Kendall Dines
At UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School
UMDNJ Receives Funding from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
For a Young Male Health Disparities Program
A program at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New
Jersey (UMDNJ) has received $450,000 for a program to decrease
health disparities among young minority males in the greater Essex
The three-year grant from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's
New Jersey Health Initiatives program will be used to provide
medically disadvantaged males with case management, health and
preventive care services through the Brotherhood Health Initiative
at the UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School.
The Brotherhood Health Initiative, which is part of the Division
of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine (DAYAM) at the UMDNJ-New
Jersey Medical School, was established in 2002 to address the
medical, emotional and socio-economic issues concerning minority
males between ages 12 and 25.
"This program creates a safety net for at-risk urban minority
males by providing case management, targeted outreach, and health
prevention services," said Dr. Robert L. Johnson, acting chair
and professor of pediatrics and director of the DAYAM at the UMDNJ-New
Jersey Medical School. "This pro-active approach helps youth by
providing assessments of social service needs, follow-up on referrals
and peer group sessions. To date, more than 80 young males have
participated in the program."
Social workers at the UMDNJ-University Hospital, health professionals
at the DAYAM adolescent health clinics at the UMDNJ-New Jersey
Medical School, and representatives from community-based organizations
will provide young men with referrals.
Sean Duren, project coordinator of the Brotherhood Health Initiative,
said, "This initiative is an intervention that is designed to
provide case-management, group support and advocacy services for
young males who are less likely to be pro-active about their health
The Brotherhood Health Initiative program coordinator will conduct
case management evaluations on individuals who volunteer for this
free program. Outcomes of evaluations will be used to identify
appropriate support services for each participant. The program's
health professionals will offer referrals, group support and follow-up
evaluations for participants seeking services such as health care,
employment, education, housing, legal and financial assistance.
In addition to peer support group meetings, the Brotherhood
Health Initiative also provides vital health information on sexual
reproductive health, self esteem, anger management, and conflict
For more information about the Brotherhood Health Initiative
at the UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, call 973-972-3152.