Program Established: 2008.
Program Period: June 12 to July 28, 2017.
Students/Projects/Sites: 23 students worked on 13 projects at 13 community sites in Camden, New Brunswick, Newark, and Pennsauken, New Jersey.
Professional Disciplines: Medicine pharmacy, and public health.
Service Days: Students provided 606 days of health-related service.
Types of Sites Served: Community health centers, community organization offices, in the field/community, treatment centers (day or other), hospital clinics, day camps, geriatric facilities (activity or residential), and shelter (homeless or other).
Student Activities:* Research on health issues, development or administration of surveys, planning health activities, health-related client education, assessing community resources, evaluation of existing programs, client interviews, community outreach, community social activities, linking clients with health resources, oral health activities.
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, mental health, exercise, insurance/social services, oral health, homelessness, personal hygiene.
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: Triple Aim – A view from the frontline; Mental Health and Stigma; Communities and Oral Health Needs; Homelessness in NJ; Walking Tour of New Brunswick; Social Determinants of Health; Understanding Disabilities; Cultural Humility; Refugee Health and Wellness; Child Immigration from Central America: A NJ Primary Care Perspective; The Opioid Crisis; Decarceration and Community Re-Entry.
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 26, 2017, 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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