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Communications and Outreach

The mission of the Communications & Outreach Team 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.

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.

Contact us at VANJHCSCommsTeam@va.gov

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Christine Betros Farrell LCSW

Chief Communications Officer

VA New Jersey health care

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

Email: VANJHCSCommsTeam@va.gov

Public Affairs Specialist

Xiomara Orengo-Johnson

Public Affairs Specialist

VA New Jersey health care

Phone: 973-979-7733

Email: xiomara.johnson61@va.gov

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Jonathan Gonzalez

Visual Information Specialist

VA New Jersey health care

Email: jonathan.gonzalez1@va.gov

Scott Snell

Medical Media Photographer

VA New Jersey health care

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 David.Brimmer@va.gov 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
David Brimmer

David Brimmer MS

Outreach Coordinator

VA New Jersey health care

Phone: 908-229-0457

Email: david.brimmer@va.gov

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

Phone: 908-647-1080 ext. 21-4815

E-mail: Chad.Costello@va.gov

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

Phone: 908-346-1319

E-mail: Tanya.Kero@va.gov

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

E-mail: Mark.Correale1@va.gov

 

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

Email:Ericka.Jackson2@va.gov

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

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

E-mail: vhaeaswriiscnj@va.gov

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

Phone: 973-676-1000 ext. 1726

E-mail: Alba.Lopez@va.gov