With community needs rising as a result of the pandemic, Inspira IMPACT’s Family Success Centers are a valuable community resource providing support for families in need. They offer an array of free services ranging from legal and housing assistance to parenting and financial courses to obtaining household items and food. We talked to Brenda Smaniotto, Administrative Director of Inspira’s IMPACT Program, to learn more about the Family Success Centers and how they have been able to service the community during the pandemic.
Recognized for their outstanding academic and personal successes, the students plan to pursue higher education in health care
Inspira Health announced that two of the participants in its IMPACT Parent Linking Program (PLP), which serves students enrolled in Vineland High School who are pregnant or parenting, were awarded scholarships from Prevent Child Abuse-New Jersey (PCA-NJ) for their outstanding academic and personal successes. Amy Victoria was awarded the Diane Dellanno Scholarship for $1000 and the Higher Education Book Scholarship for $500. Aaliyah Alston was awarded the Higher Education Book Scholarship for $500. Both students plan to pursue higher education in the health care field.
Traditionally, the annual scholarships are awarded at the Parent Linking Program’s Annual Teen Conference. However, due to safety concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the scholarships were presented by Debrah Hickman, IMPACT Program Coordinator at Inspira Health, during a surprise socially-distanced visit to the students’ homes.
“We are incredibly proud to award these scholarships to Amy and Aaliyah, who have demonstrated tremendous strength and perseverance both personally and academically,” said Debrah Hickman, IMPACT Program Coordinator at Inspira Health. “We congratulate both students and wish them success in their future career endeavors in the health care field.”
Established by the PCA-NJ, the annual Parent Linking Program Diane Dellanno Scholarship Award recognizes one student who has achieved positive academic and personal success while participating in the Parent Linking Program and has been accepted into a higher education program in the helping field. PCA-NJ’s annual Higher Education Book Scholarship honors students who have achieved positive academic success and exhibit a commitment to attending group sessions with the Parent Linking Program.
Since 1998, Inspira's IMPACT Program, in partnership with the Vineland Board of Education, has been serving Vineland High School students who are pregnant or parenting. Parent Linking Program provides the support necessary for teen parents to stay in school and graduate – giving the human factor of support in a nurturing and safe environment. This innovative program provides child care as well as daily classes on parenting, child development, life skills, safe dates and health-related issues. Funded by the New Jersey Department of Children and Families, the program aims to eliminate repeat pregnancies, to increase high school graduation rates and to reduce the incidence of child abuse and neglect.
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About Inspira Health
Inspira Health is a charitable nonprofit health care organization and a regional leader in physician training, with approximately 160 medical residents and fellows in nine nationally accredited specialty programs. The system, which traces its roots to 1899, comprises three hospitals, two comprehensive cancer centers, several multi-specialty health centers and a total of more than 150 access points. These include urgent care; outpatient imaging and rehabilitation; sleep medicine labs; cardiac testing facilities; digestive health and wound care centers; home care and hospice; and more than 30 primary and specialty physician practices in Gloucester, Cumberland, Salem, Camden and Atlantic counties.
Together with its medical staff of more than 1,300 physicians and other care providers, as well as more than 6,200 employees, Inspira Health provides evidence-based care to help each patient achieve the best possible outcome. Accredited by DNV Healthcare, the system’s clinical and support staffs are focused on providing quality care in a safe environment. For more information about Inspira Health, visit www.InspiraHealthNetwork.org or call 1-800-INSPIRA.