New Center Will Be Located at the Asbury Park Community Health Center, 1301 Main Street

VNACJ LGBTQ Health Center

Asbury Park, NJ (July 24, 2018) – Visiting Nurse Association Health Group Prevention Resource Network is pleased to announce the initial opening of an LGBTQ+ health center in Asbury Park. The new center will open on July 31, 2018, at the VNACJ Community Health Center of Asbury Park, 1301 Main Street, Asbury Park NJ. It will be the first-of-its-kind in Asbury Park, providing primary care services, specifically designed to serve the LGBTQ+ community. This project has been made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Department of Health, Division of HIV, STD, and TB Services.

“Disparities in healthcare still exist within the LGBTQ+ community causing many to delay or ignore their healthcare needs,” said Shannon Preston, Director of HIV Community Services at VNA Health Group. “We are very excited to have this opportunity to provide a culturally competent healthcare setting.”

“Our primary goal at the Community Health Center is to improve the overall health status of individuals in the communities we serve,” said Thomas Thees, Interim Executive Director of the Community Health Center. “With the opening of our new LGBTQ+ Center, our qualified, culturally sensitive and competent staff can better address the specific health needs for these individuals.”

The new LGBTQ+ Center, to be located in the same building as the VNACJ Community Health Center, will be open two evenings per week and Saturday afternoon to the LGBTQ+ community. Initially, services offered will be STD testing Rapid HIV and syphilis testing, PrEP Counseling and primary HIV care. Services will expand soon to include primary care, behavioral health services and Transgender health services.

The VNACJ Community Health Center will continue its regular weekday and Saturday morning hours of operation for the general public. These additional services are also available to the LGBTQ+ community, including dental care, chiropractic, nutrition counseling, and podiatry.

About Prevention Resource Network

Prevention Resource Network (PRN), part of the nonprofit organization Visiting Nurse Association Health Group, provides high-impact prevention services to assist both HIV negative and HIV positive persons who are at risk for HIV transmission or acquisition to reduce risk behaviors. PRN is funded by the NJ Department of Health, Division of HIV, STD and TB Services. For more information, visit http://prnvnacj.org/.

About Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey Community Health Center

Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey Community Health Center Inc. (VNACJ CHC), a Federally Qualified Health Center, has provided comprehensive primary and preventive health care for infants, children, and adults of Monmouth County for more than 20 years. The VNACJ CHC’s are conveniently located in Asbury Park, Keyport and Red Bank. In 2017, staff provided more than 29,099 visits to more than 9,232 patients. For more information about VNACJ CHC please visit www.vnachc.org.

About Visiting Nurse Association Health Group

Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) Health Group is New Jersey’s largest not-for-profit visiting nurse association and visiting physician service that helps individuals and families achieve their best level of health and well-being by providing home health, hospice, palliative and community-based care, and operating private-pay personal care services. A full range of primary care services is available through VNACJ Community Health Centers. Our unique joint partnership model with health systems leverages clinical and technical resources to operate Robert Wood Johnson Visiting Nurses, VNA of Englewood, VNA Health Group of New Jersey (Barnabas Health Home Care and Hospice, VNA of Central Jersey Home Care and Hospice), Visiting Physician Services, and Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio. Currently, VNA Health Group employs more than 2,000 staff members and cares for more than 120,000 people each year.

VNA operates a number of grant and contract-funded specialty programs and public health services within its Children and Family Health Institute (CFHI).  A full range of primary care services is available through the affiliated VNACJ Community Health Centers.  Supported by the 2020 Vision Campaign and other philanthropic initiatives, these programs fill gaps in the traditional health care system.

VNA Health Group is accredited by Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP). VNA Health Group was founded in 1912 and has continued to serve vulnerable populations such as children, older adults, and those with disabling and chronic illness or facing the end of life. For more information about VNA Health Group please visit www.vnahg.org.

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