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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 2011-12 Report

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


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.


2011-12 UMDNJ Program Participants

Program Staff
Bernadette West, PhD

Academic Preceptors
Millicent Channell, DO
Joshua S. Coren, DO
Timothy Dombrowski, DO, MPH, FACOI
Irina Grafova, PhD
Lois Grau, PhD
Carl E. Hock, PhD
Sonia Garcia Laumbach, MD
Marcia Sass, ScD, MSN
Bernadette West, PhD, MA

Community Preceptors
JJames Comstock, LCSW, ACSW
Kelly Craig, MSW, LSW
Susan Giordano
Andy Joshua
Samantha Kuncken, LCADC
Michelle Robinson
Laura Sanchez, MSW
Sylvester Servance, JD, MBA


2011-12 UMDNJ Community Partners

For a complete alphabetical list of all 2011 BTG CHIP community partners and to view community project summaries by site, click here.

  • Camden Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers
  • Greater Newark Conservancy
  • Hope Community Outreach Center
  • Open Door, Inc.
  • Project H.O.P.E., Inc. (Homeless Outreach Program Enrichment), Bergen Lanning Health Center
  • UrbanPromise

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