In partnership with RWJ Community Health Promotions, our community outreach programs are effective vehicles for bringing health education, screening and other health care services directly to those in need. Our efforts focus on increasing health literacy, providing better access to quality health care facilities and providers, and supporting communities in need by funding vital health programs.
RWJ is committed to the surrounding community and participates in a variety of programs designed to increase awareness of health disparities, improve cultural competency among nurses and physicians and promote diversity recruitment among physicians and other health care professionals by encouraging minority youth to consider a career in health care.
Listed below is a sampling of FY 14 and other ongoing Community Health initiatives. Additionally, RWJ Community Health Promotions is working on community health improvement plans, community health needs assessment of Middlesex and Somerset counties, and new community partnerships. For more information, or to be connected to one of our initiatives, please email us.
Community Support Groups
- Provides space and resources for thirteen support groups, which include groups for Bariatric Post Surgery, New Moms, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Stroke Club, NA Facilitators, Caregivers with Dementia, Epilepsy, Project Healthy Bones, Caring Hearts, Brain Aneurysm, Aplastic Anemia, and Myelodysplastic Syndromes.
Community Health Education Special Events
- A series of major health education seminars for New Jersey residents focusing on breast cancer awareness, heart disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and physical therapy. It includes implementation of health screenings, programs, and free dental care in conjunction with corporations, schools, and municipal government. Some past events have been: Give Kids a Smile Program, Matter of the Heart, and Tied to the Cause – Breast Cancer.
Community Education Programs for Seniors
- Educational seminars at local (East Brunswick, Monroe, North Brunswick, Old Bridge, Piscataway, and South Brunswick) senior centers that focus on health related topics such as sleep and health, heart disease, bladder control, hearing loss, and memory loss.
Health Literacy Project: “Just for the Health of It”
- A joint program with the East Brunswick Library that places an on-site librarian at the fitness centers to assist Middlesex County community residents in obtaining and reviewing health information.
Health and Wellness Programs
- Providing over 150 health educational and wellness programs at the RWJ Fitness & Wellness Center that focus on stress management, guided imagery, back pain prevention, healthy snacks, supermarket savvy, breast and other health related screenings.
Community Health Fairs
- Sponsors health fairs throughout the Middlesex and Somerset counties that include vision, glaucoma, blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose screenings. Tests for hearing, HIV/AIDS, and lead poisoning are also administered at the fairs as well. Individuals are provided with health information and are referred to specific health services. In 2014, RWJ Community Health Promotions was able to sponsor ten major community health fairs.
Cardiovascular Disease Prevention: A Woman’s Heart is Special
- A grant funded program aimed to raise awareness and provide Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) education to minority women of color in the local New Brunswick and Somerset areas. Program components include cholesterol and blood pressure screenings, stoke awareness seminars, smoking cessation and heart disease information, fitness days, and low-fat cooking demonstrations.
Breast Cancer Awareness Clinics
- In conjunction with the Middlesex County Public Health Department CEED Program, free mammogram screenings are provided by the Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ) and University Radiology Group (URG) to low-income women living in New Brunswick, Middlesex County, or Somerset County.
Domestic Violence Awareness Project
- A grant funded initiative focused on raising awareness about domestic violence. Components of this project consist of training sessions for healthcare professionals, an annual awareness march, and educational seminars for local residents of New Brunswick and New Jersey.
Latino Diabetes Education and Awareness Project
- A program that provides education seminars and monthly support groups for Spanish speaking diabetic patients from the Eric B. Chandler Health Center in New Brunswick. Participants take part in two Saturday educational programs focused on basic diabetes self-management concepts. Other components of the program include Project Inspire, a nutrition and fitness program for youth, and Physical Activity System of Support (PASOS), a program to increase physical activity among Latinos with diabetes through a community-based and culturally tailored approach.
NJ American Parkinson Disease Association Information & Referral Center
- Provides referral services, educational and exercise programs, and support groups for patients with Parkinson’s disease, their families and caregivers, and the general public.
Child Birth Education Related Programs
- A composition of various programs for New Jersey residents that provide expecting parents the following services: RWJUH Maternity tour, Child Birth Experience Seminar, Preparing for and Caring for Baby Workshop, Breastfeeding classes, and educational sessions focused on infant massages.