The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently awarded New Jersey’s Cooper Health System a $488,189 grant through the Addiction Medicine Fellowship program.
The health system will use the funding to expand its ability to help families and communities battling addiction, Kevin O’Dowd, co-CEO of Cooper University Health Care, said.
Funding also will be used to develop a dedicated fellowship program to train physicians in addiction treatment and to enhance the health system’s academic program, according to Anthony J. Mazzarelli, Cooper Heath Care co-CEO, said.
“As America faces a number of pandemics, this funding will help address the opioid epidemic and all who are struggling with addiction,” U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross (D-NJ), Opioid Task Force vice-chairman, said. “Addiction has already taken the lives of far too many people, and these resources will assist Cooper in advancing the vital work being done right in our backyard to help South Jersey families impacted by addiction and save lives.”
Cooper University Health Care also recently opened its urgent care center in Cherry Hill to patients after closing because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The mission of the federal HHS is to provide adequate health and human services and foster advances in medicine, public health, and social services.