Community Health Programs
Health services at Rutgers aim to ensure that all individuals, particularly those living in traditionally underserved areas, have access to high-quality health care regardless of their cultural or ethnic background or ability to pay. Many of our programs serve residents in urban communities of New Jersey. Below are some of our signature programs.
Community Health Programs, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS) has a clearly stated commitment to community service and the improvement of community health. Medical students at RWJMS engage in a variety of community health activities including the Homeless and Indigent Populations Health and Outreach Project (HIPHOP) and the Promise Clinic in New Brunswick.
Eric B. Chandler Health Center, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
The center is a comprehensive, family-oriented community health center offering primary care services including family medicine, internal medicine, infectious disease, pediatrics obstetrics and gynecology, podiatry, family planning, and dentistry.
FOCUS Wellness Center, School of Nursing
The center provides comprehensive primary care, and women’s health, mental health, and medication review and education services to Newark and surrounding communities. The center is a model of interprofessional collaborative practice, uniting Rutgers faculty and students from the School of Nursing, School of Social Work, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, and School of Health Professions in helping patients to achieve their best possible health outcomes. The center was established through a partnership with the FOCUS Hispanic Center for Community Development.
Free Community Participatory Physical Therapy Clinic, School of Health Professions
The clinic serves the community of Newark with physical therapy services and education on wellness and health. It is supervised by a licensed physical therapist and student volunteers from the entry-level doctoral program in physical therapy.
Jordan and Harris Community Health Center, School of Nursing
The center provides comprehensive, on site health services to residents of the Hyatt Court, Pennington Court, Terrell Homes, and the Stephen Crane Village public housing developments in Newark. In collaboration with the school’s Mobile Healthcare Project, the center offers physical exams, vaccinations, screenings, and diagnostic testing, as well as home visits to elderly or housebound residents, pregnant women, and new mothers.
Mobile Healthcare Project, School of Nursing
This initiative includes the New Jersey Children Health Project (NJCHP), a partnership with the Children’s Health Fund that takes a fully equipped mobile health clinic to neighborhoods in Newark and vicinity to provide primary and preventative care to medically underserved children and families. Goals of the NJCHP include ensuring that children in high-risk populations have access to primary and specialty care, mental health services, and early identification and management of chronic conditions including asthma and childhood obesity.
Oral Care at the School of Dental Medicine
The Rutgers School of Dental Medicine provides a full range of oral health services while training the next generation of dentists. Care is provided by dental students working under the direction of faculty members who are fully licensed dentists.
Student Family Health Care Center, New Jersey Medical School
The center offers free health care to the Newark community. Services include physical examinations, chronic disease management, gynecological care, and psychological counseling. All services are provided by volunteer medical students under the supervision of board-certified family physicians.
Community Outreach Programs
Many school- and institute-based community outreach programs focus on education, prevention, and screening. A small sampling includes the following:
- Cancer Institute of New Jersey Community, Cancer Education, Prevention and Screening
- Center for Healthy Families and Cultural Diversity
- François-Xavier Bagnoud Center Adolescent HIV/AIDS Prevention
- Institute for Nutrition Interventions LIFT UP
- New Jersey Medical School Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health
- Safe Schools Program
- South Asian Total Health Initiative
- Tobacco Dependence Program