January 28, 2011
The NJ Department of Health and Senior Services have asked us to forward the following information to you.
William D. Dressel, Jr., Executive Director
Re: NJ Workplace Blood Donor Coalition
As co-chairs of the New Jersey Workplace Blood Donor Coalition, we invite you to join with the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, the Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation and the state’s hospitals and blood centers in a statewide campaign to increase blood donation in 2011. Your help in promoting blood donation among municipal employees can benefit your community and the state by helping to alleviate the state’s chronic blood shortage.
In recognition of January as National Blood Donor Month, we are asking you to encourage local government agencies to begin planning workplace blood drives for the year and to participate in organizing community blood drives throughout the year.
New Jersey needs your active involvement in ensuring an adequate blood supply. In 2009, New Jersey used 39,826 more units of blood than it collected – blood that had to be imported from other states. Just one pint of blood – a single donation – can save up to three lives. Sixty percent of New Jerseyans are eligible to donate, yet only 3.6 percent do so on a regular basis compared to 5 percent nationally.
As a mayor, you can organize a blood drive for your employees, hold a blood drive in partnership with others in your community, and encourage your constituents to participate in drives that are already planned.
We encourage you to visit www.njsave3lives.com, the Coalition’s official website for best practices, contacts and downloadable tools for conducting workplace blood drives. If you need additional information as you plan a blood drive, please feel free to contact Lillian Pfaff of the Department of Health and Senior Services at Lillian.Pfaff@doh.state.nj.us or (609) 984-9587.
We must continue efforts to increase public awareness of the need for blood donation and provide more opportunities for people to donate. By working together we can help to ensure New Jersey has an adequate blood supply 365 days of the year.
Best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year.
Poonam Alaigh, MD, MSHCPM, FACP
Co-Founder, NJ Workplace Blood Donor Coalition
Vice President of Public Affairs and Communications
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
The UNiT Newsletter Vol 1, No. 4, Devember 2010