Access to medical care remains among the most pressing needs in New Orleans, said Dr. Sandra Gold of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation after her recent visit there with the JCC Association. The good news, she said, "is that our community has been there consistently, looking at ways to revitalize life in New Orleans.
Throughout the past year, the foundation, which she co-founded with her husband, Dr. Arnold Gold, has been working with students and faculty at Tulane Medical School to staff a free weekend clinic for uninsured local residents. The Golds have also worked hard to recruit physicians and medical students from outside the area to volunteer their professional services and work on other social service projects. Health care workers are still needed, said Gold, and the foundation makes grants available to defray the cost of transportation and other expenses while in New Orleans. Information is available on the Website: www.humanism-in-medicine.org.
UJA Federation of Northern New Jersey has also played a vital role in aiding the recovery, said Gold. Recently UJA-NNJ teamed up with the foundation to provide funds for the construction of a neighborhood playground. (Photos above show the playground in stages of construction.) "If the children have a place to play, it would help normalize the community," Gold reasoned. To conserve money, the children there built the playground themselves. "To see the bronze plaque noting this collaboration [between local residents and the Jewish community in Bergen County] was a source of pride to those visitors from Bergen County," she said.