The Department of Health and Community Wellness provides primary health care through the Mary Eliza Mahoney Health Center at four locations in the City of Newark. The health center is named after Mary Eliza Mahoney, the first African-American nurse to earn a professional nursing license. Mahoney was not just an inspiration to African American women, but to the entire nursing profession. Through her participation in professional nursing organizations, she helped shape the standards for which the profession has come to be known and continues to develop.
It is this legacy of efficient and compassionate care which led to the name choice for the Federally Qualified Health Center located in the heart of the City of Newark. The mission of the Department of Health and Community Wellness is to provide and advocate for comprehensive health care, social, and environmental services for Newark citizens and other consumers to ensure an optimal level of health and well-being. This department consists of four major health centers, five divisions, and eight Centers of Hope.
The Division of Environmental Health provides comprehensive delivery of inspection services, investigations, and education programs to citizens and consumers in order to assure a healthful and protected environment.
This division includes five (5) units:
Animal Control Bureau
Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
Food & Drug Bureau
Rodent Control Bureau
Weights & Measures
*For more information, please visit Environmental Health Services in "LEARN MORE"
The Division of Medical Care Services promotes the health of all Newark residents, particularly the vulnerable population, by providing medical care services through a variety of medical practices.
Social Services provides quality services to Newark’s children and senior citizens through new technology; by collaborating with agencies; by identifying resources for funding new and major and/or existing programs; and by providing educational training for staff and community.
Surveillance and Prevention monitors disease trends and develops and maintains a public health system in an effort to improve the City of Newark’s ability to address the health needs of residents and provide prevention and early intervention activities.
The Health Planning Division provides internal/external strategic planning/health planning assistance, data collection, analyses and support for the development, planning of initiatives, programs, services and grant applications of DHCW. The unit assists the department through data collection, research of effective science-based, evidence-based, "best practices", or "promising practices" to inform internal/external program planning/development, implementation and performance. The unit also provides assistance with policy development which includes research of enacted, pending or proposed state and federal policy that may impact public/community health or health care delivery services."
Health Planning incorporates three (3) units:
The Division of Environmental Health ensures that residents within the City of Newark enjoy a healthy and safe environment by providing a wide array of inspection services, health-related environmental investigations and educational programs.
NJ FamilyCare is federal and state funded health insurance program created to help qualified New Jersey residents of any age access to affordable health insurance. NJ FamilyCare is for people who do not have employer insurance.
The Ryan White Program provides a comprehensive system of care that includes primary medical care and essential support services for people living with HIV who are uninsured or underinsured. The Program works with cities, states, and local community-based organizations to provide HIV care and treatment services to more than half a million people each year.
Residents must bring proof of address to receive free vaccinations
The Department of Health & Community Wellness is offering an overnight warming center for the homeless
Residents should check on elderly neighbors, have fresh batteries in Carbon Monoxide (CO2)
Free immunizations are available to ensure Newark children meet the immunization requirement
Discussion panels will help coaches, parents, and young athletes prevent concussions