Program Established: 2008.
Program Period: June 11 to July 28, 2011.
Students/Projects/Sites: 16 students worked on 7 projects at 7 community sites in Camden, New Brunswick and Newark, New Jersey.
Professional Disciplines: Medicine, public health.
Service Days: Students provided 425 days of health-related service.
Types of Sites Served: Community organization offices, in the field/community, schools, community health centers/clinics, treatment centers, client homes, geriatric facilities and other sites.
Student Activities:* Community outreach, health activities planning, health issues research, health-related client education, community social activities, assessing community resources, evaluation of existing programs, linking clients with health resources, advocacy, client interviews, literacy activities.
Population Demographics: Mixture of females and males; all ages but newborns; mixture of races/ethnicities; principally English-speaking.
Community Health Issues:* Diet and nutrition, exercise, oral health, cardiovascular health, mental health, obesity, substance abuse, access to health care, sexual questions/issues, environmental health, homelessness, insurance/social service, poverty, STDs.
Didactic Sessions: Students attended seven weekly sessions. These sessions included four in New Jersey and three in Philadelphia with the larger BTG program. The four morning workshops in New Jersey included the following: Reinventing Healthcare in Resource Poor Environments; Building Community Food Security: From Hunger to Health; Promoting Nutrition Within the Community; and Building Upon the Challenges in Mentoring Youth. Students participated in afternoon sessions focused on discussion of the reading, updates on activities at community sites, and production of a video focused the New Jersey Program.
Oral Health Activities: According to student estimates, 400 children (aged 13 and under), and 39 adults received oral health education.
Symposium: Students created posters and displayed them on August 9, 2011, during a student event at the UMDNJ School of Public Health, Piscataway campus.
*The information provided here reflects only those categories reported by 40% or more of students participating at this BTG program location.
For a complete alphabetical list of all 2011 BTG CHIP community partners and to view community project summaries by site, click here.
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