Community Health

Rutgers Health reaches out to the residents of New Jersey, particularly people living in traditionally underserved areas, to provide access to high-quality health care, regardless of cultural or ethnic background, or ability to pay.

Rutgers Health Signature Community Health Programs

Student Family Health Care Center

The Student Family Health Care Center (SFHCC) serves the needs of medically underserved populations. SFHCC is run by medical student volunteers from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and offers free, quality health care to the Newark, NJ community. Services include physical examinations, chronic disease management, gynecological care, and psychosocial counseling. All services are provided under the supervision of board-certified family physicians.

Homeless and Indigent Population Health Outreach Project (HIPHOP)

The Homeless and Indigent Population Health Outreach Project (HIPHOP), is a student-directed community service and learning program. Students at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School provide community outreach, health promotion, preventive education and clinical services to underserved populations in New Brunswick, NJ and Middlesex County New Jersey. The program links students, who seek to meet health-specific learning objectives, with services that address health and social needs.

Promise Clinic

The Promise Clinic, an extension of the HIPHOP project, is a volunteer-based, student-run clinic in the Eric B Chandler Health Center in New Brunswick, NJ. The Promise Clinic provides free primary care services to the uninsured clients of Elijah’s Promise Soup Kitchen in New Brunswick. The clinic assists clients with health maintenance, screenings, medications, and laboratory work.

Eric B. Chandler Health Center

The Eric B. Chandler Health Center offers comprehensive, family-oriented community health services to people in New Brunswick, NJ. The center’s objective is to:
  • Provide high quality outpatient health care that is culturally effective, accessible, and affordable.
  • Promote a healthy lifestyle and educate patients to take responsibility for their health and participate in their health care decisions.
  • Serve as a community resource for health and social services.
  • Provide high quality educational opportunities for health professionals who train at the Center.

Oral Care at Rutgers School Of Dental Medicine

The Rutgers School of Dental Medicine provides 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. 

Free Community Participatory Physical Therapy Clinic

The Community Participatory Physical Therapy Clinic (CPPTC) serves people in Newark with physical therapy services along with wellness and health education. The clinic is supervised by a licensed physical therapist and student volunteers from the entry level doctoral program in physical therapy at the Rutgers School of Health Professions. 

Focus Wellness Center

The Rutgers FOCUS Wellness Center is a nurse-managed practice in partnership with the Rutgers School of Nursing and the FOCUS Hispanic Center for Community Development. The Center provides services to Newark and surrounding communities. The Center concentrates on services in health education and  medical and mental health that emphasize prevention, primary care, transitional care, and chronic care management.

François-Xavier Bagnoud Center

The François-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Center within the Rutgers School of Nursing is a leader and innovator in programs for vulnerable women, children, youth, and families, including those infected/affected by HIV. FXB serves people in Newark, NJ and surrounding areas, and its staff provides health care, medical case management services, community outreach, and education for clients and their families. 

Jordan and Harris Community Health Center

The Jordan and Harris Community Health Center is a nurse-managed program that is overseen by the Rutgers School of Nursing in Newark, NJ. The program 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. 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.

Mobile Healthcare Project

Rutgers School of Nursing Mobile Healthcare Project collaborates with the New Jersey Children’s Health Project (NJCHP) and the Children’s Health Fund to bring a fully equipped mobile health clinic to neighborhoods in Newark, NJ and surrounding areas. The mobile clinic provides primary and preventative care to medically underserved children and families. The Mobile Healthcare Project embraces the goals of NJCHP to ensure that children in high-risk populations have access to primary and specialty care, mental health services, and early identification and management of conditions such as asthma and childhood obesity.

New Jersey Children’s Health Project

The New Jersey Children’s Health Project (NJCHP) is a collaboration with the Children’s Health Fund and the Rutgers School of Nursing Mobile Healthcare Project. NJCHP is staffed by health care professionals who visit underserved neighborhoods in Newark, NJ and surrounding areas, to provide primary and preventive health care services. The aim of NJCHP is to break down the financial, social, cultural barriers, and transportation challenges that prevent people from seeking proper health care.

Education and Prevention Programs

Rutgers Health has many community outreach programs that focus on education, prevention, and screening. These include:

Center for Healthy Families and Cultural Diversity

The Center for Healthy Families and Cultural Diversity (CHFCD) focuses on leadership, advocacy, and excellence in promoting culturally responsive, quality health care for diverse populations. CHFCD meets its objectives by offering education and training, technical assistance and consultation, as well as research and evaluation.

François-Xavier Bagnoud Center Adolescent HIV/AIDS Prevention

The National HIV/AIDS Strategy, an initiative of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has a goal to reduce HIV infection, increase access and improve care, and reduce HIV-related health disparities. The François-Xavier Bagnoud Center operates an HIV/AIDS prevention center that centralizes online access to training, technical assistance, information exchange, and is a resource library for evidence-based programs and practices on youth HIV prevention.   

University Behavioral Health Care Call Center

Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care’s Call Center provides crucial support 24 hours per day, 7 days per week to people struggling with personal issues. Among the initiatives we support are: Care2Caregivers Peer to peer support for caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease, memory impairment or related disorders. Cop2Cop Suicide prevention and mental health support for law enforcement officers. Mom2Mom A helpline featuring peer support, telephone assessments, and a network of referral services and support groups. New Jersey Suicide Prevention Hopeline A statewide suicide prevention hotline with telephone counseling and support. NJ Vet2Vet Providing New Jersey Veterans and their families access to a comprehensive support network of mental health professionals who specialize in issues specific to veterans returning to civilian life. Vets 4 Warriors A confidential veteran peer support helpline for active and reserve National Guard service members. Worker2Worker A confidential peer-counseling support helpline for Division of Child Protection and Permanency employees to help manage the unique stresses each faces.