FLORIDA JUSTICE CENTER (FLJC) RECEIVES SUPPORT FOR HEALTH QUITY FROM ASTRAZENECA'S ACT ON HEALTH EQUITY: COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS CHALLENGE
Florida Justice Center (FLJC) receives Support for Health Equity from AstraZeneca’s ACT on Health Equity: Community Solutions Challenge
Nonprofit legal aid and reentry organization to increase access to healthcare in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties for returning citizens.
Oakland Park, FL (November 4, 2021) –
Florida Justice Center was awarded funds through AstraZeneca’s inaugural ACT on Health Equity: Community Solutions Challenge to support our Connection to Care program. Through this support, we will be able to improve access to health care to returning citizens in underserved communities in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties.
This award stems from AstraZeneca’s commitment to advance health equity through collaboration with organizations serving local communities. Our Connection to Care program will fund two full-time case managers to provide increased access to medical, mental health, and substance abuse treatment for returning citizens from jail and prison in South Florida. When an individual is released from a Florida prison or jail, they are given 14 days of medication and no care plan. Due to a variety of barriers, the gap between release from incarceration and receipt of medical or mental health treatment is between six and eight weeks. By providing pre-release intake, assessment, and connections to services, Florida Justice Center can eliminate these service gaps and get people the help they need in a timely manner.
FLJC’s Executive Director Jonathan Bleiweiss states “this funding is crucial for us to assist those not receiving treatment for pre-existing conditions upon release from jail or prison and are subject to needless suffering and an increased risk of arrest and re-incarceration.”
Through the ACT on Health Equity: Community Solutions Challenge, AstraZeneca has awarded 30 nonprofit organizations across the country to support programs focused on community health and wellbeing and youth STEM education and career readiness. The organizations awarded represent a variety of innovative programs providing a wide range of services that support underserved communities to improve health outcomes.
For more information on other programs awarded, please visit https://www.astrazeneca-us.com
ABOUT FLORIDA JUSTICE CENTER
FLJC is the first and only nonprofit legal aid organization authorized by the Florida Supreme Court to provide criminal legal assistance. FLJC is dedicated to reducing incarceration rates in Florida using a holistic approach that combines legal and reentry social services. As a revolutionary and rapidly growing organization, the FLJC team hopes that its success grows with each additional supporter.