Asbury Park, New Jersey (February 17, 2021) – FirstEnergy Foundation recently granted VNA of Central Jersey Community Health Center (CHC) with $2,500 in support of CHC’s LGBTQ Center for Health and Wellness, located in Asbury Park.

“We are grateful to FirstEnergy Foundation for recognizing the importance of supporting LGBTQ healthcare,” said Christopher Rinn, CEO, VNA of Central Jersey Community Health Centers. “Disparities in healthcare still exist within the LGBTQ community and our goal is to improve access to safe, culturally sensitive and high quality care for those who might otherwise delay or ignore their healthcare needs.”

Opened in 2018, the LGBTQ Center for Health and Wellness is the first-of-its-kind in Asbury Park to provide primary care services specifically designed to serve the LGBTQ community. Comprehensive care and wellness programs include primary care, behavioral health, transgender services, STD testing, rapid HIV and syphilis testing as well as PrEP counseling and primary HIV care, all provided in a safe, culturally competent environment. The LGBTQ Center for Health and Wellness is centrally located in Asbury Park, in the same building as the VNACJ Community Health Center, and is open Tuesday and Thursday evenings. LGBTQ health and wellness services are also available during VNACJ Community Health Center’s operating hours.

FirstEnergy Foundation invests in nonprofit organizations that enable positive change and strengthen the communities they serve. Funded solely by FirstEnergy, the Foundation is driven by the energy and enthusiasm of FirstEnergy employees.

“Our philosophy is to encourage diversity in our communities, drive positive change and support the health and wellbeing of those who our companies serve,” said Elaine Vincent, Advisor, Community Involvement, FirstEnergy.

“The VNA of Central Jersey LGBTQ Center for Health and Wellness plays an important role in ensuring access to high quality, culturally sensitive health care,” said Frank Luna, Regional External Affairs Consultant, JCP&L, a FirstEnergy operating company. “We are pleased to support the Health Center and its efforts to reach more members of the LGBTQ community.”

About VNA of Central Jersey Community Health Centers
Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey Community Health Center, Inc. (VNACJ CHC), a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), has provided comprehensive primary and preventive health care for infants, children, and adults of Monmouth County for more than 27 years. The VNACJ Health Centers are conveniently located in Asbury Park, Freehold, Keyport and Red Bank. In 2020, our staff provided more than 45,000 visits to more than 14,500 patients. For more information about VNACJ CHC please visit www.vnachc.org.

About FirstEnergy Foundation

The FirstEnergy Foundation’s contributions to local nonprofit organizations help strengthen the social and economic fabric of our communities. Funded solely by FirstEnergy, the Foundation extends the corporate philosophy of providing community support.

Backed by our vision to invest in transformative organizations that enhance the vitality, sustainability and diversity of the communities we serve, we support non-profit, tax-exempt organizations within the FirstEnergy operating companies’ service areas, including Jersey Central Power & Light in New Jersey; Ohio Edison, The Illuminating Company and Toledo Edison in Ohio; Met-Ed, Penelec, Penn Power and West Penn Power in Pennsylvania;  Mon Power and Potomac Edison in West Virginia and Maryland; and where we conduct business.

FirstEnergy Foundation recently presented VNACJ Community Health Centers with a $2,500 grant in support of VNACJ’s LGBTQ+ Health Center, located in Asbury Park. Pictured (left to right): Frank Luna, JCP&L External Affairs Consultant; Elaine Vincent, Advisor, Community Involvement, FirstEnergy; Michael S. Zito-Govert, APN, Primary Cary Provider, LGBTQ Center for Health and Wellness; Eric Wuethrich, Manager, LGBTQ Center for Health and Wellness; and Christopher Rinn, CEO, VNACJ Community Health Centers.