Community Service Programs
The AHEC (Area Health Education Centers) program was developed by Congress in 1971 to recruit, train and retain a health professions workforce committed to underserved populations. The AHEC program helps bring the resources of academic medicine to address local community health needs. The strength of the AHEC Network is its ability to creatively adapt national initiatives to help address local and regional healthcare issues. UMDNJ-SOM provides the
South Jersey Healthcare
333 Irving Avenue
Bridgeton, NJ 08302
Camden Area Health Education Center, Inc.
514 Cooper Street
Camden, NJ 08102
Spanish Community Center
PO Box 61
Landisville, NJ 08326
Brain and Memory Program
Funded by the Wallerstein Foundation, Shop-Rite LPGA and the New Jersey Foundation on Aging, the New Jersey Institute for Successful Aging (NJISA) at UMDNJ-SOM continues to provide programs for community residents in Burlington County, Camden County, Essex County, East Orange, Morris County, and Jamesburg. Sessions are publicly advertised and promoted through local service groups, such as the Rotary, JCC, Lions Clubs, Eldermed (Kennedy Health System), Sassy Seniors of Haddon Heights, Interfaith Caregivers, and Saltzman House, in addition to senior centers and church groups.
The program includes brain health activities to improve memory, as well as nutrition and exercise. In addition to keeping mind and body healthy, the focus is to increase awareness of the importance of early evaluation of memory problems. This outreach effort, originally launched in September 2004, targets the 55+ age group and is also serving a large church-affiliated minority population in Camden County. It continues to be one of the most requested community programs offered by the NJISA.
Founded in 2003, the Camden Saturday Health Clinic was the innovation of Chris Lawler. While Chris was a medical student at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – School of Osteopathic Medicine (UMDNJ-SOM), he recognized a need for medical care in the nearby city of Camden, New Jersey. With the help of fellow students and the UMDNJ-SOM Family Medicine Department, space was secured in downtown Camden for a clinic. Funded entirely by student efforts and donations and staffed by medical student volunteers, the clinic has settled in as part of the Camden community over the past few years.
Camden, NJ 08103
Huntington's Disease Family Service Center
This support group is offered by the New Jersey Institute for Successful Aging on the third Tuesday of the month, as part of the Huntington’s Disease Family Service Center on the Stratford campus of UMDNJ-SOM. It provides an opportunity for families and those with Huntington’s disease to learn about the disease, cope with challenges, and access available resources.
Lesley A. D’Ambola, DO, of the UMDNJ-SOM Department of Medicine, provides the medical directorship and clinical care at St. Luke’s Catholic Medical Services in Camden, NJ. St. Luke’s is a primary care medical practice for the poor, uninsured and underinsured community of the City of Camden that was founded in 1983 as a joint venture of the Diocese of Camden and the Jesuit Urban Service Team (J.U.S.T.).