Rutgers Health will aim to ensure that all individuals, particularly those living in traditionally underserved areas, have access to high-quality health care regardless of their cultural or ethnic background or ability to pay. Rutgers Health will build on the success of our existing community health programs, many of which serve residents in urban communities of New Jersey.
The center offers free health care to the Newark community. Services include physical examinations, chronic disease management, gynecological care, and psychological counseling. All services are provided by volunteer medical students under the supervision of board-certified family physicians.
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS) has a clearly stated commitment to community service and the improvement of community health. Medical students at RWJMS engage in a variety of community health activities, among them:
The center offers comprehensive, family-oriented primary health care services including family medicine, internal medicine, infectious disease, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, podiatry, family planning, and dentistry.
The Rutgers School of Dental Medicine provides a full range of oral health services while training the next generation of dentists. Care is provided by dental students working under the direction of faculty members who are fully licensed dentists.
The clinic serves the community of Newark with physical therapy services and education on wellness and health. It is supervised by a licensed physical therapist and student volunteers from the entry-level doctoral program in physical therapy.
The center provides comprehensive primary care and women’s health, mental health, and medication review and education services to Newark and surrounding communities. The center is a model of interprofessional collaborative practice, uniting Rutgers faculty and students from the School of Nursing, School of Social Work, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, and School of Health Professions in helping patients to achieve their best possible health outcomes. The center was established through a partnership with the FOCUS Hispanic Center for Community Development.
The François-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Center within the School of Nursing is a leader and innovator in programs for vulnerable women, children, youth, and families, including those infected/affected by HIV. FXB staff provide interdisciplinary health care, coordinated medical case management services, community outreach, and education for clients and their families.
The center provides comprehensive, on-site health services to residents of the Hyatt Court, Pennington Court, Terrell Homes, and Stephen Crane Village public housing developments in Newark. In collaboration with the school’s Mobile Healthcare Project, the center offers physical exams, vaccinations, screenings, and diagnostic testing, as well as home visits to elderly or housebound residents, pregnant women, and new mothers.
This initiative includes the New Jersey Children Health Project (NJCHP), a partnership with the Children’s Health Fund that takes a fully equipped mobile health clinic to neighborhoods in Newark and vicinity to provide primary and preventative care to medically underserved children and families. Goals of the NJCHP include ensuring that children in high-risk populations have access to primary and specialty care, mental health services, and early identification and management of chronic conditions including asthma and childhood obesity.
The New Jersey Children’s Health Project (NJCHP) is a collaboration with the Children’s Health Fund (CHF) and the Rutgers School of Nursing Mobile Healthcare Project. This innovative outreach effort works in partnership with CHF, the clinical affiliates of Rutgers, and community-based organizations. The NJCHP is staffed by a team of health care professionals who travel to underserved neighborhoods to provide primary and preventive health care services to residents of all ages. The aim of the NJCHP is to break down the financial, social, cultural, and transportation barriers that prevent people from seeking proper health care.