CarePlus NJ to Host Free Virtual Expert Roundtable to Explore Racial Health Disparities in Honor of Black History Month

Paramus, N.J. (February 22, 2022) – Care Plus NJ, Inc. (“CarePlus NJ”), a pioneer in integrated primary and behavioral health services for adults and children, announces it will be hosting a free virtual expert roundtable in honor of Black History Month titled “Black Health and Wellness: Solution-Focused Approaches to Health Disparities.” The free event is open to the public and will take place via Zoom on February 24th at 6:00 p.m. Those interested in attending can register here.

During the event a panel of experts from CarePlus NJ and the mental health community will come together to discuss the concepts of transgenerational trauma and structural oppression as well as shine a light on ways to resolve racial health disparities personally and professionally.

Expert panelists include:

Tia DeMille Welsh, MD, MPH, CPE, FACOG, Chair of OBGYN, Valley Medical Group

Sheriff Anthony Cureton, Bergen County Sheriff’s Office & Former President of the Bergen County NAACP

Deacon Robert Robinson, Mount Oliver Baptist Church

Yolanda Hawkins-Rodgers, ED.D, Founder of the Consortium of Mental Health and Educational Professionals of Color

Giesel Girona-Ussery, MAS, Chair of the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Action (IDEA) Committee at CarePlus NJ

“The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a spotlight on the systemic racism rooted in all industries, including in healthcare, that contribute to racial disparities in primary and mental health care for Black communities,” said Giesel Girona-Ussery, IDEA Committee Chair, CarePlus NJ. “Candid conversations around these issues are critically important to addressing racism and the widespread impact it has on all aspects of life for communities of color. We are looking forward to hosting this panel of local experts who can provide invaluable insight and actionable recommendations for enacting tangible change in our communities.”

Registration is now open for the free panel event and those interested in attending can register via the following link:

About CarePlus NJ

For more than 40 years, Care Plus NJ, Inc. (“CarePlus NJ”) has been a pioneer in integrated primary and behavioral health services for adults and children in northern New Jersey. Based in Paramus, New Jersey, CarePlus NJ is committed to providing the most comprehensive integrated treatment options through 72 programs designed to meet the full spectrum of health and wellness needs for adults and children in the communities it serves. Specializing in acute care, CarePlus NJ provides immediate, high-quality health services and support programs for individuals in crisis. Nationally ranked for excellence in customer satisfaction by the Mental Health Corporations of America, CarePlus NJ is mission driven ensuring that anyone who needs it has access to specialized care. To learn more about CarePlus NJ and its wide range of programs and services, visit

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