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Communications and Outreach

The mission of the Communications & Outreach service is to empower, inspire, connect, and inform Veterans, employees, caregivers, stakeholders, and influencers. We develop, direct, and resource internal and external communications on behalf of VA New Jersey Healthcare System.

Public Affairs Officer

Christine Betros Farrell LCSW

Public Affairs Officer

VA New Jersey health care

Phone: 908-647-0180 ext. 21-4050


Media and press

The Office of Public Affairs can assist local media with queries, interview requests, and expert information about the VA New Jersey Healthcare System.


David Brimmer

David Brimmer MS

Outreach Coordinator

VA New Jersey health care

Phone: 908-229-0457


Community Outreach Coordinator

Our Community Outreach program fulfills the VA Core Values of Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect, and Excellence (ICARE) by providing timely, high-quality communications products and meaningful, veteran-focused community outreach to the public.

We provide direct lines of communication from VANJHCS to:

  • Local, county, state, and federal government offices
  • Veterans service organizations
  • Adjacent community health systems and offices
  • Non-profits organizations, religious organizations, and other civic groups
  • Colleges and universities
  • Law enforcement and first responder agencies
  • Other entities as requested

To schedule an community outreach event, please contact with the following information.

  • Suggested date and time of event
  • Virtual or in-person
  • Approximate size of audience
  • Veterans (and/or Caregivers) or providers
  • Interested topics to be covered

Please contact Homeless Veteran Outreach Coordinator, Chad Costello, to inquire about outreach services:

Phone: 908-647-1080 ext. 21-4815


Please contact Community Engagement and Partnership Coordinator, Tanya Kero, to inquire about outreach services:

Phone: 908-346-1319


Please contact Veterans Justice Outreach Coordinator, Mark Correale,  to inquire about outreach services to prisons, jails and the criminal justice system :

Phone: 908-647-0180 ext. 21-5126



Ericka Jackson
Veterans Justice Outreach and Health Care for Re-entry Veterans Coordinator
Phone: 973-676–1000 ext. 20-2383

Please contact WRIISC Director, Dr. Helena K. Chandler to inquire about outreach services:

Phone: 973-676-1000 ext. 20-2500 or 800-248-8005


Please contact Military2VA Program Manager, Alba Lopez, to inquire about outreach services:

Phone: 973-676-1000 ext. 1726


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