Friends Health Connection

What began in 1988 as a one-to-one support group for those facing medical issues has grown into a thriving national network of health and wellness services.

Friends’ Health Connection enhances mind, body and soul through our personalized support network and dynamic educational and motivational programs.

We work with hospitals and other nonprofit organizations to complement their program offerings and connect people with resources and support t that can enrich their lives.

Roxanne Black-Weisheit

Twenty two years ago, at the age of 15, I was diagnosed with a disease called lupus. Prior to this, I had always been a healthy, active, athletic young girl so my diagnosis came as quite a shock. I desperately wanted to find another teenager who could understand what I was experiencing. Out of this desire, I founded Friends' Health Connection.



  1. Daily Point of Light Award From President George Bush
  2. USA Today's 1991 All-USA College Academic Team - Roxanne was named one of the top college students in the nation
  3. Henry Rutgers Scholar
  4. Interfaith Humanitarian Award
  5. Giraffe Foundation Award for to people who "stick their necks out to help others"
  6. Community Service honor from WWOR TV and the New York Mets at Shea Stadium
  7. Governor Whitman's 1997 Volunteer Award in the category of health for NJ
  8. Center for Home Health Development honor for improving the lives of home health care patients
  9. Andra Award for Humanitarian Work
  10. Jefferson Award from FOX Television and the American Institute for Public Service
  11. Innovating Worthy Projects Foundation Scholarship
  12. Rotary Scholarship
  13. Avoda Scholarship
  14. Golden Key National Honor Society - Member and Keynote speaker
  15. Hometown Hero Recognition from WCAU Television
  16. Sea Breeze Salutes Young America - Service Honor from the Sea Breeze Corporation
  17. Chapel of the Four Chaplains Humanitarian Award
  18. Cap and Skull Honor Society at Rutgers University - Member
  19. New Jersey Hospital Public Relations/Marketing Association - Honor
  20. Public Relations Society of America Award
  21. National Speaker's Association Award
  22. Rutgers University President's Class of 1962 Service Award
  23. Ladies' Home Journal Magazine Salute to American Women - Honoree
  24. Dr. Leonard B. Erber Humanitarian Award
  25. Senator Bill Bradley Young Citizen Award - Medal of Honor


"Trinitas Regional Medical Center was pleased to partner with Friend's Health Connection and Kathy Ireland Worldwide in this very successful collaboration. Thank you Friend's Health Connection for your excellent work in handling the interface among all parties so effectively."

Kathryn Salamone, BA, MA Manager, Public Relations & Marketing Trinitas Regional Medical Center

"Many thanks to the Friend's Health Connection for partnering with St. Francis Medical Center to provide quality speakers for the members of our community. The evening lectures of two nationally known authors, Taressa Stoval and Lori Tharps, at our facility were both informative and thought provoking. In the post program evaluations our audience recognized "their enthusiasm and their desire to educate and communicate with others. As the program director, I was equally impressed with the strong organizational skills exhibited by the staff of FHC. They were all outstanding to work with and well versed in program development. We look forward to the strengthening of this partnership in the future."

Mary Jo Abbondanza, RN, BS Director of Marketing St. Francis Medical Center

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