Horizon Foundation of New Jersey Supports Millhill Child & Family Development Health Literacy Initiative

Millhill Child & Family Development

Photo Caption:  Left to right: Cynthia H. Oberkofler, Millhill Executive Director, Jeanine Lewars, HorizonBCBSNJ Community Engagement Specialist, Filomena Machleder, Horizon Foundation Program Officer and Tamara Noizy. Millhill Director of Family Support Services during a site visit to Millhill Child & Family Development Corporation.


The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey Supports Millhill Child & Family Development Corporation’s  Health Literacy Initiative


TRENTON, NJ (July 11, 2017) The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey has awarded Millhill Child & Family Development Corporation a $11,000 grant in support of its Health Literacy Program. The grant will help provide health literacy education, access to developmental and behavioral health care screenings as well as public health interventions.

“Millhill is excited to continue our partnership with The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey to bring health and wellness education to our children and families. We especially look forward to collaborating again this year for our 4th Annual Health Fair in September to provide health information to the Trenton community,” explains Nicole Cowan, Millhill’s Health Literacy Coordinator.

The grant will help provide youth, families and caregivers with health literacy training and tools necessary to lead healthy lives.  Millhill’s Health Literacy Program aims to promote and build a culture of health among our families while working to eliminate barriers to education and care. Millhill works collaboratively to address health disparities with the Trenton Health Team, Trenton Area Stakeholders and other organizations to empower and strengthen children and families in Trenton.

Health literacy and barriers to care were identified as a priority health area for Trenton residents, according to the Trenton Health Team’s 2013 and 2016 Community Needs Assessment.  In response to this need and with the support of its partners, Millhill recently expanded its Health Literacy initiative across core programs including early education, family support and counseling services.

Topics at Millhill include proper medicine use, communicating with your doctor, coping with stress, mental illness, addiction, oral health, technology, community resources and nutrition,, among others.

With support from The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, Millhill’s 4th Annual Health Fair will take place on September 29 at 101 Oakland Street in Trenton The Health Fair is free to residents of Mercer County .In addition, Horizon NJ Health will provide the entertainment, DJ and health screenings.  Millhill is collecting donations of hygienic items to be distributed during the Fair.  New donations of every day essentials can be dropped off at Millhill through September 26.  For more information, please contact ncowen@millhillcenter.org.

The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey

The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey is committed to working alongside those who can help us improve our neighbors’ health, inform their health decisions and inspire them to lead healthier, more fulfilling lives. The Foundation’s funding pillars are Caring, Connecting and Creating. Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey is the sole member of The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, both of which are independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. For more information please visit www.Community.HorizonBlue.com.

Millhill Child & Family Development Corporation

Millhill Child & Family Development Corporation is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping families in Greater Trenton through educational, counseling and family support services spanning from an early age to adult.  Founded in 1971, Millhill serves more than 5,000 individuals in the community with the help of dedicated staff, volunteers and financial contributors.  We empower lives using an approach that is both individualized and collaborative taking into account the dynamics of the whole family.  Services are offered at 101 Oakland Street and 802 Prospect Street in Trenton, NJ.  For more information about our programs, please visit www.www.millhillcenter.org or call (609) 989-7333.