University Hospital gets $1.5M Trauma Recovery Center grant

Shereef Elnahal of University Hospital.

Newark-based University Hospital, in partnership with Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, announced on Friday it has received a $1.5 million Trauma Recovery Center grant through the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General.

The award will help support the hospital’s TRC program through March 2022.

TRCs typically provide outreach and assistance to those who have been victims of violent crimes and are unable to access traditional health care services, including those who suffer with chronic mental illness, immigrants and refugees, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community, people of color or those without housing.

The University Hospital-Rutgers NJMS partnership was one of four New Jersey TRCs selected for the grant. All four are located in underserved areas in the state. Dr. Erin Zerbo, a psychiatrist at Rutgers NJMS, will head the TRC.

“This grant will help some of our city’s most vulnerable people – folks who have experienced various types of trauma in their lives,” Shereef Elnahal, CEO and president of University Hospital, said. “As one of Newark’s anchor institutions, we are always trying to move further upstream and attack the social root causes of our community’s health problems.”