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“Not only was it rewarding to have two outstanding students in our agency for six weeks, but it helped to broaden the real understanding of public health in an inner-city environment ... They [the interns] left recognizing the ‘gaps’ that affect the work that is done each day and the need for quality public health services. We were honored to be part of the program this summer and look forward to another opportunity to participate.”
Carol Wolff
Executive Director
Camden Area Health Education Center (AHEC)
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BTG CHIP 2009-10 Report

University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) Program Activities

Program Established: 2007

Program Period: June 15 to July 31, 2009

Students/Projects/Sites: 8 students worked on 4 projects at 4 community sites in Camden, New Jersey.

Professional Disciplines: Medicine, physician assistant, public health.

Service Days: Students provided 216 days of health-related service.

Locations Served: In the field/community, community organization office, community health centers/clinics, client homes, shelters (homeless or other), day camp, recreation center.

Student Activities:* Assessing community resources, community outreach, client interviews, evaluation of existing programs, planning health activities, community social activities, direct service delivery, health-related client education, linking clients with health resources, research on health issues, advocacy activities, development or administration of surveys, social service intervention.

Population Demographics: Mixture of men and women; all ages; black/African-American; Hispanic; mixture of races/ethnicities; English-speaking; immigrant populations  

Community Health Issues:* Access to health care, diet and nutrition, HIV, poverty, STDs, communication (language/literacy), prenatal care, substance abuse, cardiovascular health, child care, computer literacy, diabetes, environmental health, exercise, homelessness, insurance/social services, oral health, sexual questions/issues.

Didactic Sessions: UMDNJ students joined the Wednesday morning didactic sessions of the Philadelphia program, then returned to New Jersey on Wednesday afternoons to take part in the UNDNJ component program curriculum.

Symposium: Students created posters and displayed them on the UMDNJ Stratford campus, then gave them to their community sites.

*The information provided here reflects only those categories reported by 40% or more of students participating at this BTG program location.

2009-10 UMDNJ Program Participants

Program Staff
Bernadette West, PhD

Academic Preceptors
Timothy Dombrowski, DO, MPH
Frank Filipetto, DO
Sheryl Geisler, MS
Paul Krueger, DO
Carol Sadley, MEd
Melanie Trecartin, MS
Bernadette West, PhD, MA

Community Preceptors
James Comstock
Chanel Conley           
Elizabeth Marshall
Sylvester Servance, JD, MBA

2009-10 UMDNJ Community Partners

For a complete alphabetical list of all 2009 BTG CHIP community partners and to view community project summaries by site, click here.

  • Camden Area Health Education Center (AHEC)
  • Hope Community Outreach Center
  • Planned Parenthood of Southern New Jersey
  • Project H.O.P.E. (Homeless Outreach Program Enrichment)


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