CHERRY HILL, NJ – U.S. Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-01) today announced that Cooper Health System will receive $488,189 in grant funding from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for their Addiction Medicine Fellowship program.
“As America faces a number of pandemics, this funding will help address the opioid epidemic and all who are struggling with addiction,” said Congressman Norcross, Vice-Chair of the Bipartisan Opioid Task Force. “Addiction has already taken the lives of far too many people, and these resources will assist Cooper in advancing the vital work being done right in our backyard to help South Jersey families impacted by addiction and save lives.”
“While our nation has been focused on the COVID-19 pandemic, we know the addiction crisis has not gone away, and may have been made worse by the pandemic,” said Kevin O’Dowd, JD, co-CEO of Cooper University Health Care. “These funds will allow us to expand our ability to help the families and communities who are battling addiction.”
“As a state-designated addiction medicine Center of Excellence, Cooper will use this funding to develop a dedicated fellowship program to train future physician leaders in all aspects of addiction treatment as well as enhance our own academic program,” said Anthony J. Mazzarelli, MD, JD, MBE, Co-CEO of Cooper.
HHS is a federal agency created to enhance and protect the health and well-being of all Americans. Their mission is to provide effective health and human services and foster advances in medicine, public health and social services.