Health Justice Initiatives

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BIPOC Mental Health

LANF priorities mental health as a key policy area. To that end, we support the work of the Latino Mental Health Association of NJ and the professional training of Black and Latinx mental health professionals.


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 PLEASE READ MORE ON Francesca Baroni's statement on the NJ Assembly Budget

December 1st, 2021


Latino and Black Voices Unite to Create Mental Health Agenda Advocate for Mental Health Equity for Communities of Color

“Between the pandemic, rampant racism, and xenophobia, New Jersey’s Black and Brown communities are coping with life-or-death issues daily and our current healthcare systems are failing us,” said Jesselly De La Cruz, Executive Director of the LAN Foundation and Past President of the Latino Mental Health Association of NJ. “COVID-19 has taught us that implicit bias can be life threatening and that communities of color continue to receive less quality care.” 

LAN Foundation Provides Testimony for the Department of Human Services FY2023 Budget

"Today’s testimony includes the implementation and funding for the Cover All Kids legislation and the state of mental health services for BIPOC communities.

Too many Latino families are living with the daily stressors of poverty and must choose between basic food and shelter or health care costs, with mental health even lower on the priority list."

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Impacted to Empowered Leadership Development Program

LANF works in collaboration with Salvation and Social Justice, New Jersey Policy Perspective and New Jersey Citizen Action Education Fund to develop a base of directly impacted people and leaders among Black, Latinx and low income communities to build power to achieve universal coverage in New Jersey in increments. This project is supported by Community Catalyst & Salvation and Social Justice.

We are currently recruiting leaders!