Health Justice Initiatives

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BIPOC Mental Health

LANF prioritizes 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.

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.” 


The Cover All Kids initiative would ensure universal health insurance coverage for all New Jerseyans 18 years old and younger.”


Please read more about Dr. Jesselly De La Cruz's testimony for the Department of Human Services FY2023 Budget on the funding and implementation of the Cover All Kids Legislation as well as the condition of mental health services for BIPOC communities.

Impacted to Empowered Leadership Development Program

“In partnership with Salvation and Social Justice, New Jersey Policy Perspective, and the New Jersey Citizen Action Education Fund, LANF has been developing leaders of those who have been directly impacted by issues in the Black, Latinx, and low-income communities. This work is intended to provide the communities more power to demand the state of New Jersey to gradually implement universal health coverage.”

As a member of the NJ for Health Care Coalition, LANF is working collaboratively with various organizations to create awareness and generate political pressure for the adoption of different health justice reforms.


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

Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights

As a member of the Thrive NJ Coalition and a recipient of a Planned Parenthood grant, LANF is working to strengthen and defend the reproductive and sexual health rights of individuals throughout NJ. See our Position Statement on Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization