Program Established: 2008.
Program Period: June 10 to July 26, 2013.
Students/Projects/Sites: 14 students worked on 7 projects at 7 community sites in Camden, New Brunswick, Newark and Pennsauken, New Jersey.
Professional Disciplines: Medicine, physician assistant, and public health.
Service Days: Students provided 376 days of health-related service.
Types of Sites Served: Community organization offices, in the field/community, schools, community health clinics, day camps, and other sites.
Student Activities:* Research on health issues, community outreach, health-related client education, planning health activities, community social activities, assessing community resources, and development or administration of surveys.
Population Demographics: Mixture of females and males; all ages; African-American; Hispanic; English speaking; and non-English speaking.
Community Health Issues:* Diet and nutrition, access to health care, mental health, and violence.
Didactic Sessions: Students attended 7 weekly sessions. These sessions were held in New Jersey and locations rotated between campuses (Piscataway, Stratford and Newark). The workshops in New Jersey included the following: The Benefits of Care Coordination in Resource-Poor Communities; Building Community Food Security; Challenges in Mentoring Youth; Violence as a Public Health Issue; Situations of Abuse and Vulnerable Populations; Oral Health; and Health Challenges in New Jersey’s Urban Cities. Students participated in afternoon sessions focused on discussion of the reading, updates on activities at community sites, and development of panel discussions on health issues in their respective cities.
Oral Health Activities: A local dentist gave a workshop focusing on oral health promotion and the challenges facing populations with access barriers to oral health services. The workshop also offered information about how to target oral health activities to different age groups. Almost 86% of the sites engaged in oral health activities. According to student estimates, 40 children (aged 13 and under), 4 youth/young adults (aged 14 to 20) and 200 adults received oral health education.
Symposium: Students created posters and displayed them on July 24, 2013, for a poster session at Rutgers 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 2013 BTG CHIP community partners and to view community project summaries by site, click here.
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