FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 3, 2018
Garden State Equality
Garden State Equality receives grant from The Provident Bank Foundation to fund Asbury Park LGBTQ Patient Advocacy Project
Garden State Equality (GSE) recently received a $16,850 grant from The Provident Bank Foundation to fund the Asbury Park LGBTQ Patient Advocacy Project. The grant will help further GSE’s mission of improving the health outcomes of LGBTQ individuals by funding this year-long project that includes healthcare provider cultural competency trainings, policy reviews, community workshops, and a culminating healthcare symposium.
"I am exhilarated that The Provident Bank Foundation supports our Map and Expand initiative in Asbury Park to connect the LGBTQ community with affirming healthcare professionals and providers,” said Bianca Mayes, MPH, CHES, Health and Wellness Coordinator of GSE. “It is imperative that we empower the community of Asbury Park and advocate for LGBTQ health equity. We are confident that the Asbury Park LGBTQ Patient Advocacy Project can become a replicable model throughout LGBTQ communities in New Jersey."
GSE’s Map and Expand program is dedicated to ensuring that LGBTQ individuals have access to quality healthcare professionals who respect them and promote safe, inclusive environments. The organization's team works with doctors, therapists, and hospitals to figure out what advocacy and programming efforts are needed to provide the best care possible for this vulnerable population. This grant supports community capacity building, as proposed trainings and workshops will strengthen the skills, abilities, and processes that local healthcare providers need to create safe and inclusive environments that meet the needs of the LGBTQ community and improve their health outcomes.
About Garden State Equality
Since 2004, Garden State Equality has built a reputation as the go-to agency for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights in New Jersey. The organization’s mission is to provide cutting-edge programs and services that meet the needs of the LGBTQ community in our state. Garden State Equality aims to serve as a model for other statewide LGBTQ organizations and grassroots networks, helping them build successful initiatives that address similar imperatives in their communities.
About The Provident Bank Foundation
The Provident Bank Foundation was established in 2003 by Provident Bank to enhance the quality of life in the region through support of not-for-profit groups, institutions, schools and other 501(c)(3) organizations that provide services in communities served by the Bank. Since inception, the Foundation has granted more than $24 million to not-for-profit organizations and institutions working toward stronger communities.