"We Shall Overcome Because The Arc of the Moral Universe is Long But it Bends Toward Justice"

-Martin Luther King Jr.

 

During this Black History Month, NJCRI would like everyone to take some time and reflect on the past year's events and how it has affected our communities. It was a year that clarified the deep divisions in our society and our country, but it is also a year where so many came together in solidarity, hope, and change. On one end of the spectrum, we have the disparate effects of COVID-19 on minorities and the explicit images of violence perpetrated on their communities. On the other end, we have the "Black Lives Matter" movement receiving a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize and the first female, Asian/Black-American elected as Vice President of the United States, the highest ranking female official in U.S. History.

So, while there is still so much work to do, we should also take some time to acknowledge the progress we have made and how far we have come. Because it is this knowledge, that we always progress, that can sustain us and give us hope for the future. When things are bleakest, remember the successes, that is when they are needed most.

And remember NJCRI’s Mission:

“Is to empower our clients by reducing social and health disparities in the greater Newark area”.

 

This statement was written many years ago but could not be more appropriate and poignant than now, especially given the events of the past year.

NJCRI remains deeply committed to this mission of addressing the disparities in our communities and our country and remains firmly resolved to using all of its resources towards change and progression and "bending the arc of the moral universe towards justice". To that end, we serve everyone and strive to treat everyone equally. Still, we also acknowledge, serve, and respect our minority and LGBTQ clients and communities' unique needs and history.

 

WE ARE OPEN!!!!!

IMPORTANT Message regarding

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

First and foremost, we care about your safety! That's why all of NJCRI employees, staff and clinicians have been tested for COVID-19 before returning to work. Also, prior to entering the premises or facility, all persons (staff and patients) must undergo a screening for the virus that includes a temperature check. Post COVID-19 quarantine, NJCRI services can be accessed in multiple ways. We will continue telemedicine, video conferencing with physicians and counselors, and will now begin on-site, outdoor services in  our medical mobile units, and private canopies stationed behind our building at 393 Central Ave., Newark.

PLEASE NOTE: You MUST have an appointment with your physician/counselor for on-site services. 

Please call us for an assessment and next steps!

  • Medical Services: (973) 558-5039 

  • Psychiatric Services: (973) 558-5054

  • Syringe Exchange Services:  (973) 558-5063 /OPEN DAILY UNTIL 4PM

We will be updating the NJCRI website regularly to keep you informed of any further developments. Also follow us on Facebook/NJCRI for current information. Please check daily. In the meantime, please utilize the sources below for additional information about the Coronavirus and best health practices to keep yourself, your famliy friends and community safe during this time. 

 

If you are experiencing coronavirus symptoms, or believe you have come in contact with the coronavirus:

 

ATTN NEWARK: SCREENING SITE FOR NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) TO OPEN IN

ESSEX COUNTY WEEQUAHIC PARK

 

Essex County Residents can Register for an Appointment at www.EssexCOVID.org

The testing site is for Essex County residents; appointments are mandatory. Residents must arrive by car.

 
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ABOUT US

NJCRI distinguishes itself by its over 30 year history of providing HIV/AIDS care and treatment to individuals in Northern New Jersey. We are a strong integrated team between all our departments and our full service model, makes NJCRI unique and a welcome oasis for our community.   We will continue to adapt and support our clients with essential and innovative services.

 The North Jersey Community Research Initiative (NJCRI) is one of New Jersey’s largest and most comprehensive HIV/AIDS community-based organization.

Our mission is to "empower our clients by reducing social and health disparities in the greater Newark area.”

 

Over the past 30 years of service NJCRI has adapted and changed to rally the fight against HIV/AIDS, as well as providing important social services to our community. In 1988, the initial focus was to provide clinical trials in Newark so those that were infected with the HIV virus could gain access to promising investigational treatments. At that time patients were required to travel to New York to receive these services. NJCRI was the first AIDS service organization in New Jersey to provide medical care to those with HIV.  Our staff have published more than 30 research articles and have presented their research findings at local, national and international AIDS conferences. 
 

Today with over 40 different grant-funded programs, NJCRI continues to be on the cutting edge of HIV treatment. We understand that HIV is much larger than just a medical issue, and take pride in providing those in the midst of health disparities with the opportunity to improve their quality of life.  We have taken a holistic approach by streamlining all our services and creating a one-stop resource center for our clients. Named after an esteemed and respected former colleague, the Dr. George Perez Medical Care Center provides care and treatment to both HIV negative and HIV positive patients alike. 

Additional services we offer include behavioral research, transgender medical care, pediatrics, primary medical care, chronic illness management education, street outreach, substance abuse treatment, transportation, mental health/psychiatric services, food pantry, syringe exchange, an adult drop-in center for the homeless , and many LGBTQ services including a drop-in center for LGBTQ youth. We are also strong community advocates and provide technical assistance to other community-based organizations in our area. Approximately over  10,000 people avail themselves of our free and confidential services each year

 
 

OUR SERVICES

Primary Medical Care
Transgender Medical care &
Hormone Therapy
Substance abuse Services
Mental Health/Psychiatric
HIV & STI Screening & Counseling
LGBTQ Services
PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) 
PEP (Post Exposure Prophylaxis)
Food Pantry
Health Education
Clinical Research
Pediatrics
 
 
Homeless Drop-in Center
Case Management
Psychosocial Services
Community Outreach
Nutrition Counseling 
Treatment Adherence
Community Health studies
Prison Discharge Services
Syringe exchange program
Transportation
On-Site Pharmacy

 

 
 

31

Years of Experience

9,500

Clients served yearly

 on average 

40+

Grant funded programs

75

Dedicated Staff

 

OUR DIRECTORS

Brian McGovern

Chief Executive Officer

Awilda Rivera

Director of Operations

Corey DeStefano

Director of Research

Joseph Rothenberg

Chief Financial Officer

Henry Iwuala

Director of

Behavioral Health

Ronald Poblete, M.D. 
Medical Director

Russell Miller

Director of
Development

 

PAY IT FORWARD!

THE GUIDING FORCE BEHIND OUR MISSION ... OUR CLIENTS!

Your unrestricted donation to NJCRI can help us raise awareness and provide essential treatment and support for those whose lives have been touched by HIV/AIDS, those who are battling addiction, the homeless, for those in need of emotional support, and for our LGBTQ community at large.

 

 

When you make a gift, you reaffirm your belief in our mission of service and demonstrate your concern for and willingness to help your community.

NJCRI is a 501(c) 3 charitable institution (EIN: 52-1592616). Your contribution is tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

 

 

 

Check donations can be made out to : NJCRI 

Mailing address:

NJCRI 

Attn: Joseph Rothenberg

393 Central Ave

Newark, NJ 07103

 

CONTACT US

*EXTREME WEATHER CLOSURE INFORMATION: (973) 483-3444
DUE TO CORONAVIRUS NATIONAL EMERGENCY, HOURS OF OPERATION ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. APPOINTMENT ONLY.

393 Central Ave

Newark NJ, 07103

info@njcri.org      

Tel: 973-483-3444

Our Address

Counseling, Testing, and Referral

Health Screening Department:

PLEASE CALL: (973) 558-5035
Toll free – (888) 688-9097

(973) 483-3444 x 215 / Moseale Coker
Fax – (973) 412-8500

 

HIV Care and Treatment Services:

PLEASE CALL: (973) 558-5039
Erika Escabi, RN x 203 
e.esabi@njcri.org

Medical Case Management:

PLEASE CALL: (973) 558-5041

(973) 483-3444 X 208 / Vieshia Morales
v.morales@njcri.org

 

Nursing Services:

PLEASE CALL: (973) 558-5039

Anny Pastor, RN x 203 a.pastor@njcri.org
Eileen Scarinci, DNP, x 250 e.scarinci@njcri.org

Mental Health:

PLEASE CALL: (973) 558-5040
(973) 483-3444 x 207 / James DeSantis

j.desantis@njcri.org

 

Substance Abuse:

PLEASE CALL: (973) 558-5045

(973) 483-3444 x 237 / Dorinda Coleman

d.coleman@njcri.org

Crossroads/ Project Access:

PLEASE CALL: (973) 558-5063
(973) 483-3444 x 204 / Ricardo Rodney

r.rodney@njcri.org

 

Food pantry:
(973) 483-3444 x 220 / Ron Berry

r.berry@njcri.org
 

HOURS

Monday - Friday

8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

LGBTQ Services:

PLEASE CALL: (973) 412-9605
(888) 688-9078

(973) 483-3444 x 217 / Jason Dotson
j.dotson@njcri.org

PrEP:

PLEASE CALL: (973) 558-5039

(973) 483-3444 x 251 / Ivan Wilson

i.wilson@njcri.org

Project RENEW:

PLEASE CALL: (973) 558-5054
(973) 483-3444 X 222 / Henry Iwuala 

h.iwuala@njcri.org
Fax – (973) 648-0312

 

Clinical Trials:

PLEASE CALL: (973) 483-8008

(973) 483-3444 x 209 / Juan Torres
j.torres@njcri.org

(973) 483-3444 x205 / Corey DeStefano

c.destefano@njcri.org

 

NJ REACT:

PLEASE CALL: 973  558- 5048
(888) 657-3228

(973) 483-3444 x 201 / Shariff Hall

s.hall@njcri.org
Fax – (973) 485-7080

Medical Monitoring Project:

Shena Dance / s.dance@njcri.org 

973-483-3444 x239 

Oskar Gonzalez / o.gonzalez@njcri.org 

973-483-3444 x 223 
Fax 973-485-7080

 

CONTACT US

NJCRI is about Community focused care.  Please contact us with any questions regarding medical services and treatments, or If you would like to learn more about a specific program and how you can get involved!

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393 Central Avenue Newark, NJ 07103

(973) 483-3444

© 2019  NJCRI, Newark NJ.

Awilda Rivera

Director of Operations