JCMC hosts 2nd annual Backpack of Health fair

Over 900 residents attended Health Fair and received free backpack in time for the upcoming school year

Michael Prilutsky (third from right), President & CEO of Jersey City Medical Center, joins the JCMC-Greenville team in welcoming local students and families to new school year.
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Michael Prilutsky (third from right), President & CEO of Jersey City Medical Center, joins the JCMC-Greenville team in welcoming local students and families to new school year.

Jersey City Medical Center at Greenville (JCMC-Greenville), part of RWJBarnabas Health and located at 1825 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, held its 2nd Annual Backpack of Health Wellness Fair on Saturday, August 17. Over 900 attendees enjoyed family-friendly activities, free health education, health screenings, raffle prizes and healthy light refreshments.

Participating JCMC-RWJBarnabas Health service lines educated community members about their services, including JCMC EMS, JCMC Patient Navigation, JCMC’s Project Hudson (Helping Us Develop Strength in Our Neighborhoods), JCMC’s MASSH (Medical and Social Services for the Homeless), Special Child Health Services, Children’s Specialized Hospital, and the Barnabas Retail Pharmacy which opened at JCMC-Greenville this past month.  Local community organizations also shared health-related resources.

More than 900 free backpacks filled with school supplies were offered to Jersey City school-aged students who were accompanied by their parent or guardian.  This annual event helps local families alleviate the burden of costly school supplies and supports children as they welcome the new school year.

“Giving back to our local community, and making an impact beyond our hospital walls, is an important commitment for our health system. Even more gratifying is to see first-hand how so many families and children holding their new backpacks filled with school supplies benefit from this commitment,” said Michael Prilutsky, President & CEO, Jersey City Medical Center. “Jersey City Medical Center believes improving people’s quality of life is vital to our goal of ensuring the long-term health of our communities.”

JCMC-Greenville offers a unique array of services and programs to meet health care and special needs in the community, including Primary & Specialty Care and a retail pharmacy conveniently located under one roof.   For more information about JCMC-Greenville, visit rwjbh.org/jcmcgreenville.