Program Established: 2008.
Program Period: June 13 to July 29, 2016.
Students/Projects/Sites: 14 students worked on 6 projects at 6 community sites in Camden, Elizabeth, Edison, New Brunswick, and Newark, New Jersey.
Professional Disciplines: Medicine and public health.
Service Days: Students provided 341 days of health-related service.
Types of Sites Served: Community organization offices, in the field/community, community health centers, hospital clinics, recreation centers, and treatment centers (day or other).
Student Activities:* Community outreach, assessing community resources, research on health issues, development or administration of surveys, client interviews, health-related client education, oral health activities, community social activities, linking clients with health resources, planning health activities, and health status tracking.
Population Demographics: Mixture of females and males; all ages except newborns; mixture of races/ethnicities; both English speaking and non-English speaking.
Community Health Issues:* Access to health care, diet and nutrition, exercise, oral health, homelessness, insurance/social service, mental health, poverty, race/ethnicity, communication, obesity, and substance abuse.
Didactic Sessions: Students attended seven weekly sessions. The New Jersey BTG Program held its didactic sessions on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Rutgers School of Public Health. Speakers included faculty and staff from Rutgers School of Public Health, as well as from relevant health and social service agencies in Camden, New Brunswick and Newark. The sessions included the following: The Importance of Oral Health in the Context of General Health and Poverty; Risk Control and Insurance Management; Social Determinants of Health; Walking Tour of New Brunswick; Ending Homelessness in New Jersey; Decarceration; Reentry from Incarceration: Navigating the Individual and Systemic Challenges; Vulnerable Youth; and Food Insecurity: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
Oral Health Activities: Yvonne Mikalopas, RDH, Central Region Coordinator for the New Jersey Children’s Oral Health Program/Zufall Health Center, provided a session for students on the importance of oral health and concerns around access to care. She also provided a workshop with students about teaching proper oral hygiene. Selected literature and dental materials were distributed to students.
Symposium: The Rutgers BTG Symposium was held on July 27, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Rutgers School of Public Health. Approximately 75 people attended the session, including students, faculty, staff, and community and academic preceptors.
*The information provided here reflects only those categories reported by 40% or more of students participating at this BTG program location.
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