This integrative paper will discuss hotspots within the four counties of the Archdiocese of Newark–Bergen, Essex, Hudson, and Union Counties–for which English language learning and healthcare outreach programs would be most beneficial. This paper’s English language learning component features cross-tabulation to identify the areas with the highest need for English literacy outreach programs via aggregate scores based on six criteria. Cities such as Palisades Park, Newark, Union City, and Elizabeth, with predominant migrant and refugee communities from Korea, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, and Colombia, respectively, were identified with the highest need for English language learning programs in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, and Union Counties, respectively. The healthcare component of this project features a social epidemiological lens and cross-tabulation to search within the same four counties to produce aggregate health access and disparity scores to identify towns, cities, and neighborhoods with the highest risk for migrant and refugee populations to encounter worsened health outcomes. Cities such as Garfield, East Orange, Union City, and Plainfield were at the highest risk for worsened health outcomes in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, and Union Counties, respectively. The predominant migrant and refugee communities in these respective counties come from Poland, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, and Guatemala. The findings discussed in this paper will serve as the foundation for strategic future community outreach initiatives via remote parishes within the Archdiocese of Newark to effectively welcome, protect, promote, and integrate New Jersey’s migrant and refugee population into their communities.
"Developing Vibrant Congregations and Supporting Local Immigrants Initiative: Demographic Collection on Education and Health Profile of New Jersey’s Foreign-Born Population for Strategic Outreach,"
Locus: The Seton Hall Journal of Undergraduate Research: Vol. 5, Article 3.
Available at: https://scholarship.shu.edu/locus/vol5/iss1/3