Community Programs and Services

The CJFHC Planning Committee provides oversight for the development of services and programs that are tailored to the individual needs of the localities, communities, and neighborhoods of the central region. Service needs are identified through a variety of data sources, including hospital, agency, state, and national databases; as well as the experiences, feedback, and recommendations from community members, coalition members, outreach staff, and other stakeholders. Based on an extensive review of this information, the CJFHC Planning Committee recommends programs and strategies that combine evidence-based methods with the expertise of community members. Such strategies might include implementing new progams or expanding existing programs to target groups such as community members, health care professionals, and agency staff.

“There is no foot too small that it cannot leave an imprint on this world.”  Author Unknown

If you are grieving parent or family member, please accept our sincere sympathy.  The death of a child, whether during pregnancy or infancy can be very difficult and women and families may experience different feelings and emotions over time.  Many families do not know where to turn for resources to help them navigate the grief process.  Central Jersey Family Health Consortium has created a list of resources for our community to assist families in finding support.  Often, in the time after a loss, questions may arise in the weeks or months to come. CJFHC has a nurse on staff that is available to provide information and support specific to your concerns.  We would like to invite you to participate in the Fetal Infant Mortality Review (FIMR), a program of the Consortium funded by the NJ Department of Health.

What is Fetal Infant Mortality Review (FIMR)?
FIMR is a program developed by national experts who were concerned about the problems of fetal deaths (stillbirths) and infant deaths (babies up to their 1st birthday). The FIMR program hopes to:

  • Describe the problems or issues that may be related to those deaths in your area; and
  • Work with our community to make changes that will improve the health of infants and children.

How do you participate?
We want to hear your voice, thoughts and reflections. What you have to say is very important to us and CJFHC can accommodate you by:

  • A nurse or social worker meeting you at your home or location of your choice;
  • You can call CJFHC and speak to one of our nurses and complete a questionnaire; or
  • Complete questionnaire and mail it to our office. 

Who can participate?
Parents who have experienced the death of their baby (from 20 weeks in pregnancy to 1 year of age), in the past year and a half can participate. Resources and information are available to all families who have experienced the death of their baby.

What do we do with the information?
The information we gather is so important to understanding the lives of woman and families who experience the death of their baby and how they can be assisted.  By talking with each family in our region, we learn from their experiences so that we can help other families and promote needed changes in care and services in our region. 

We understand this can be a sensitive subject. Be assured that our nurses and social workers are trained in providing care and have extensive experience working with bereaved families and can assist in providing resources/referrals to support programs in our area.  Women who have participated in this program have told us that they found it helpful to share their story and hope that the information will help other families in the future.

Is this process confidential?
The information you provide with be kept confidential.  Your name, the hospital name, and the name of those who provided you and your baby care will not be shared.  The information you provide will be reviewed by a Regional Health Care Team, but your identity will be kept confidential.

We hope you decide to participate in this valuable program.  To receive more information or request a meeting with one of our professional staff, please email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 732-345-0500 Ext. 128.

The Mid-Jersey CARES (Collaboration, Advocacy,Resources, Education and Services) for Special Children Collaborative is a Regional Early Intervention Collaborative (REIC) whose goal is to help strengthen and improve early intervention services for children with special needs, ages birth to 3, and their families.

Click here to learn more. For information about resources and services for your child under age 3, call statewide, toll-free 888-653-4463.

Family Connection Central Intake provides women and families in Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, and Somerset Counties with information and referral to a variety of resources within their communities. The program assists women in accessing the most appropriate services for their needs. Family Connections Central Intake will help you find resources and services in your area such as transportation, housing, health insurance, child care, early childhood services,smoking and addition services, parenting education and support, WIC and nutrition. These services are provided to address individual needs and promote healthy lifestyles.  

Family Connection also provides pregnant women and parents with early linkages to evidence-based home visitation services and other community-based programs. The Connection works to improve coordination among home visitation providers, develop uniform client data collection and analysis, and provide linkages to other supportive services in the region.

Other Home Visitation programs include:

• Healthy Families—Perth Amboy
• Healthy Families—TANF Initiative for Parents (TIP) Program
• Nurse Family Partnership
• Parent—Child Home Program
• Somerset County Parents as Teachers (PAT) Program

For more information contact Family Connections Central Intake toll free at 1-888-551-6217.

Grow NJ Kids is the Quality Rating Improvement System for licensed early childhood programs in the state of New Jersey, part of the federal Race to the Top grant awarded to New Jersey in 2013.  The goal is to create a rating system for centers and home based care that will assist families in understanding and seeking the best program for their infant, toddler and preschool age children.  Grow NJ Kids has funded three Regional Technical Assistance Centers to provide coaching, mentoring and development for centers in order to reach a quality rating.  This involves offering professional development to staff as well as curriculum support.  CJFHC is funded to provide this Technical Assistance in seven northern counties:  Bergen, Hunterdon, Morris, Passaic, Sussex, Union and Warren.

The Healthy Women, Healthy Families (HWHF) Initiative works toward improving maternal and infant health outcomes for women of childbearing age and their famlies, while reducing racial, ethic and economic disparities in those outcomes through a collaborative coordinated community driven approach through the use of Community Health Workers and Central Intake Hubs.

Community Health Educators (CHW) are trusted members of the targeted community who act as a "bridge" connecting women to providers and services in their community, performing outreach and client recuitement to identify and enroll women and their families in appropriate care and provide personalized support.

Community Health Workers work with women to:

  • Enroll in health insurance
  • Identify needs and connect to community services
  • Develop supports and social norms that facilitate healthy behaviors

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As part of the statewide Perinatal Addictions Prevention Project, education is provided for professionals and consumers regarding substance use before, during, and after pregnancy.

Education focuses on prevention and risk reduction to improve the health of women and children and their families. An Advisory Committee has also been established to address and coordinate Perinatal Addictions services, and provide education throughout the central region of New Jersey. This committee is comprised of professionals from treatment settings, prenatal care facilities, DYFS, Drug Court, and other community services.

In addition, a Coalition for Opioid Dependence and Pregnancy has been established to bridge gaps in services for pregnant women suffering with opioid addiction, to provide networking opportunities and current information regarding services and scientific findings. The Perinatal Addiction Prevention Project (PAPP) has also established a 6 week smoking cessation curriculum for women in their child bearing years. The content is supportive and didactic. In conjunction with the consumer groups, Nicotine Replacement Therapies (NRTs) will be prescribed as needed by qualified health care professionals. PAPP also promotes the use of a prenatal screening tool, called 4Ps Plus, for alcohol, tobacco, other drugs and domestic violence. The tool also offers appropriate intervention to address these maternal and fetal risk factors.


Smoking Affects Your Baby

El Fumar Afecta a su Bebe

Understanding Methadone and Pregnancy for Family and Friends

Entendiendo la Metadona y el Embarazo para la Familia y Amigos

Postpartum Depression (PPD) and other Perinatal Mood Disorders (PMD) are illnesses that can affect women and their families during pregnancy and after delivery. In New Jersey, 1 in 8 women are at risk for developing PPD. Because of the significance of this disorder, state law requires that women be educated about PMD during pregnancy, and screened for PPD before discharge from the hospital and during postpartum visits.

Through funding from the Department of Health, Central Jersey Family Health Consortium (CJFHC) offers The Perinatal Mood Disorder Phone Follow-up Program. This program assists women identified to be at risk, linking them to local and state resources, such as support groups and mental health counseling services. A bilingual staff member is available for Spanish-speaking women. CJFHC phone follow up services are not of a clinical nature and no direct mental health counseling is provided. The goals of the program are to expand community resources for mothers at risk and to support hospitals and other health care providers' efforts in providing information to women and their families concerning available support and treatment resources.


Postpartum Depression: After a Loss

Depresion Posparto: Despues de una Perdida

Emotional Health Resources: A Guide to Providers in Central New Jersey

CJFHC New Mother Support Group REV 8-20-15.pdf

Grupos de Apoyo en Espanol para Nuevas Madres en Central New Jersey

Safe Kids New Jersey, led by CJFHC and founded by Johnson & Johnson, is one of more than 600 grassroots coalitions in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico that bring together health and safety experts, educators, corporations, foundations, governments and volunteers to educate and protect families. For more information visit:

Wyman’s Teen Outreach Program (TOP®), is a comprehensive, evidence-based youth development strategy that promotes the positive development of adolescents through a combination of curriculum-guided group discussion and community service learning. Through rigorous evaluation TOP® has been proven to reduce the risk of teen pregnancy, school suspensions and course failure and is recognized nationally as a leading model in youth development. 

As a Certified National Replication Partner CJFHC trains TOP® Facilitators to use the Changing Scenes © Curriculum to help teens aged 12-19 develop healthy behaviors, life skills and a sense of purpose.  CJFHC partners with School Based Youth Services, Community Based Organizations, Hospitals and School Districts to implement TOP® Clubs at sites in Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, and Ocean Counties.  Check out what TOP® has to offer at

In order to participate, students must attend a school where a TOP® Club is being implemented and they must be in the grade level that is being targeted which differs from school to school. This program is free for students. TOP® operates from September through June.  Enrollment is open over the summer and through October.  In order for teens to get the full benefit of the program students cannot join TOP® after October. Please click a link below to get more information and resources.

Central Jersey Family Health Consortium staff, Jennie Blakney discusses the positive impact of the Teen Outreach Program® as well as her personal experience as a TOP® teen over 20 years ago. Click here to view video.

Information for Students

Information for Parents

The surveys below are required as part of the evaluation of the Personal Responsibility Education Project (PREP) which funds the Teen Outreach Program (TOP®) in your school district.  PREP is funded by the New Jersey Department of Health and the Family and Youth Services Bureau.  For more information on PREP please visit

The links below allow parents/guardians to review the survey teens are being asked to complete. No identifiable information is collected from the teens. Teens can skip any question they do not want to answer and still fully participate in the program.

Surveys for students in The Teen Outreach Program (TOP®): The surveys listed below are used to capture behavioral information on teens who are participating in TOP®.  This information will help determine if the program is helping teens develop healthy behaviors and life skills.

Middle School:
NJ PREP Pre-Evaluation / NJ PREP Post-Evaluation

High School:
NJ PREP Pre-Evaluation / NJ PREP Post-Evaluation

Surveys for students NOT in TOP®:  The surveys listed below are used to capture behavioral information on teens who are not participating in TOP®.  This information will help compare the behaviors of teens who are participating in TOP® with teens who are not participating in TOP® to determine if there is a difference in the development of healthy behaviors and life skills. 

Middle School:
NJ PREP Pre-Evaluation / NJ PREP Post-Evaluation

High School:
NJ PREP Pre-Evaluation / NJ PREP Post-Evaluation

If you are interested in your teen participating in TOP® please call Amy Smuro at 732-345-0500, Ext. 115.