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 $3 Million Grant From Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to Fund Health Care Research and Medical Education

 TRENTON – Senate President Steve Sweeney today applauded plans by Rowan University to launch an 18-month project to develop new education and research programs aimed at improving health care delivery in the region. The project is made possible by a $3.05 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

 “The higher education restructuring law positioned Rowan University to serve as an incubator for innovative health care education and delivery strategies,” said Senate President Sweeney. “This grant funding will allow for the development of new education programs that will strengthen the state’s health care workforce and address the shortage of health care professionals. It will provide the research that is needed to improve health care delivery to make sure quality, affordable health care services are accessible throughout the region.

 “I applaud the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for its dedication to this important work and Rowan University for tackling the health care challenges facing our state. This project is an exciting opportunity to utilize our higher education assets to create new health care models that can be implemented throughout the state and the nation.”

 Sponsored by Senate President Sweeney, the “New Jersey Medical and Health Science Higher Education Restructuring Act” designated Rowan University a comprehensive public research university. Rowan also became the second university in the country to grant both D.O. and M.D. degrees as a result of the addition of two medical schools, Cooper Medical School of Rowan University and the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine.

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