Bergen New Bridge Medical Center hosts 1st Health Equity Partnership Forum

Bergen New Bridge Medical Center in Paramus hosted its first Health Equity Partnership Forum, which brought together nonprofits and county agencies to collaborate on advancing health equity in the county and in the state.

The organizations that attended what is planned to be an annual event included Greater Bergen Community Action, Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County, United Way of Bergen County, YWCA of Northern New Jersey, the Bright Side Family, BVMI, Integrity House, Women’s Rights Information Center, NJ4S and the Bergen County Office of Food Security.

“We are dedicated to improving health equity and addressing the disparities that exist for so many in our communities,” Deborah Visconi, CEO and president, Bergen New Bridge Medical Center, said. “This event positioned us as a leader, bringing together our community partners to collaborate and expand all of our collective efforts to provide accessible services and support to all who need them.”

“We want our patients to get what they need so they can achieve optimal health and wellness outcomes and, by working together, we can improve access to care and essential services,” Shari Gold, senior vice president for regulatory compliance and chief quality and equity officer, Bergen New Bridge Medical Center, said. “By addressing the social determinants of health which include transportation, food, housing, education, job opportunities, language and literacy, discrimination, violence and income, we can help break through barriers and improve health equity.”