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Biomedical and Health Sciences
The school of dental medicine's tooth fairy talks to children on Give Kids a Smile Day

Community Engagement

Committed to Our Communities

Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) is committed to meaningful, sustainable clinical and community service with local and global communities to improve health and address major societal issues. 

Residents hired by Rutgers through the Hire Newark initiative
Promotoras (community health workers) trained by the School of Nursing
Special needs patients treated annually by the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine
High schools offering health sciences courses with the School of Health Professions

Clinical Care and Service Learning

Community health programs provide learning opportunities for students and trainees to better understand their impact on the populations they serve and factors that affect health, while also helping patients get and stay well.

The Homeless and Indigent Population Health Outreach Project (HIPHOP) Community Health Initiative at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School enables student-doctors and trainees to foster relationships with the New Brunswick community while providing free care and health education.

The Student Family Health Care Center is one of the oldest institutions at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, organized in the 1960s to improve the lives of Newark residents through medical and social services.

Rutgers School of Dental Medicine’s student clinics in Newark offer free screenings, preventive treatment, and oral health education to local children on national Give Kids a Smile Day.

Health Screenings and Community Education

Schools and units across RBHS provide a variety of health screening services and nutrition education programs at health fairs, area farmer’s markets, and other events, often with referral services to Rutgers-community clinics and providers.

Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey at University Hospital hosts cancer screenings and patient educational workshops on various topics, and participates in community health fairs and events.

The ScreenNJ team at the NAACP 2022 convention

Community-Based Research

RBHS schools and units are focused on building and strengthening collaborative relationships between investigators, community members, and partner organizations around community-focused and community-based research.

Research With A Heart at New Jersey Medical School provides culturally competent research on treatment and prevention through community engagement, collaboration, and education.

NJMS staff tabling at a health fair in Newark
The ScreenNJ team at the NAACP 2022 convention
NJMS staff tabling at a health fair in Newark