Home Health care provider The Community Health Care Program is also studying the social determinants of health to help improve the well-being of residents: Rutgers-Camden Campus News

The Community Health Care Program is also studying the social determinants of health to help improve the well-being of residents: Rutgers-Camden Campus News

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Instructor Rebecca Bryan with students Christina Neal and Anastasia Dudzinski at the Salvation Army Kroc Center vaccination center

By Jeanne Léong

Rutgers University ‒ Camden students provide COVID-19 vaccines and health services to Camden residents while studying the social determinants of health to find solutions to help improve health care for city dwellers.

According to the United States Census Bureau, 1 in 10 people live in poverty and many people cannot afford basic necessities such as healthy food, health care, and shelter.

For many residents of Camden, social inequalities, systemic racism and poverty affect their health and their access to health care.

“When nursing students understand the root causes of social determinants of health and the impact of these determinants such as lack of access to care, unstable housing, food insecurity, unsafe neighborhoods and the lack of reliable transport, they can take better care of the health of patients. care and wellness priorities, ”says Donna Nickitas, Dean of the Rutgers School of Nursing ‒ Camden.

Thanks to a grant from the New Jersey COVID-19 Service Corps (NJCSC), Rutgers ‒ Camden is participating in a project with Montclair State University to bring together emerging public health and allied health professions to provide support to communities as part of the national AmeriCorps program.

Donna Nickitas, Dean of the Rutgers School of Nursing – Camden

Donna Nickitas, Dean of the Rutgers School of Nursing – Camden

Based at the Rutgers Health Center ‒ Camden in Centerville branches, eight students from the Rutgers School of Nursing ‒ Camden will provide vaccine training, administer vaccines and study how social issues such as poverty, unemployment and lack of childcare affects residents’ ability to lead healthy lives and access health services.

“I hope we can begin to address the glaring inequalities that have contributed to the pandemic’s disproportionate impact on this community,” said Rebecca Bryan, director of community engagement and professional development, student supervisor and instructor. program clinic. .

During the seven-month program from September to April, students will receive credit for 300 clinical hours, receive a stipend of $ 2,665 for living expenses, and receive a scholarship of $ 1,343 that can be used for cover the cost of future training or to pay off federal student loans.

During the 2020-21 academic year, participants from Rutgers ‒ Camden AmeriCorps provided community health care in the town of Camden by providing clinical monitoring, education, and vaccinations to residents of the Salvation Army Vaccination Center. Kroc Center, pop-up clinics, schools, and the City of Camden Housing Authority.