The Force of Alliance
Children and adults with disabilities often do not benefit from the same level of support services, such as health and social services, as those without disabilities. These structural deficiencies have been laid evident throughout two pandemics gripping New Jersey families, affecting many families intersectionally. With odds stacked against them, we recognize that the comorbidities that put patients at increased risk for poor health outcomes exist at higher rates in vulnerable communities.
If the pandemics have taught us one thing, it is that:
- there is need for collaboration across sectors
- community-based participatory research is a must
- grassroots engagement and input is instrumental (“Nothing About Us, Without Us”)
Addressing these barriers will bring forth the improvements and supports necessary in creating equitable health access.
The FRN Health Education Webinar Series in collaboration with partners across the state have a reach of over 50 individuals within 4 months. The recorded series can be accessed at The Center on Nutrition and Disability Webinar Archive.
In 2021, The Family Resource Network will complete the development and application of Inclusive Nutrition Standards of Care and Guidelines for Implementation in collaboration with key stakeholders in the state. Our partners (New Jersey providers who support children and/or adults with disabilities: Rowan University, Stockton University, Rutgers Collaborative Extension, SPAN Parent Advocacy Network) will pilot the Inclusive Nutrition Standards of Care and Guidelines for Implementation through their active programs. This will serve as a guide to outline best practices for discussing dietary behaviors with patients and caregivers.
COVID-19 Accessible Resources:
Resources are adapted and accessible versions of CDC’s COVID-19 guidance.
About the Grantee
The Family Resource Network is an inclusive group of community programs and services designed to meet the growing needs of individuals and families with disabilities. From mobility assistance to educational programs for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, to scholarship opportunities and healthy eating and fitness programs- we aim to bridge gaps for the families we serve.