The Homeless and Indigent Population Health Outreach Project’s (H.I.P.H.O.P.) mission is to build strong doctors and communities. H.I.P.H.O.P. accomplishes this goal by fostering relationships between medical students and the local community, giving healthcare professional students opportunities to empower their future patients while creating a lasting impact on the health of the Greater New Brunswick area. Through this program, students provide community outreach, health promotion, preventive education, and clinical services to indigent and under-served communities. H.I.P.H.O.P provides students with unique service-learning opportunities such as taking blood pressure screenings at local health fairs and churches, teaching educational workshops on preventive medicine at community based organizations such as the New Hope Foundation-Open Doors, serving food at Elijah’s Promise Soup Kitchen, supporting physicians and providing primary care to clients at Eric B. Chandler Health Center, and numerous other outreach activities. Through integrated programs and various volunteer opportunities, H.I.P.H.O.P. helps make community service a part of the medical school experience and fosters humanism in medicine throughout their future medical careers.
The Homeless and Indigent Population Health Outreach Project was established in 1992 as the community service arm of the American Medical Student Association at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS). Jamie Reedy and Jeff Brenner, two medical students in the Class of 1995, initiated the project in response to the pressing health needs of the Greater New Brunswick area and the lack of opportunities for students to engage in community service. H.I.P.H.O.P. currently receives financial support from RWJMS Dean’s Office, J. Seward Charitable Trust Fund, fundraising and private donations. Recently, HIPHOP has evolved into an umbrella program with to two major initiatives: Community Health Initiative (C.H.I.) and The Promise Clinic.
For additional information, please contact: Susan Giordano, Program Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jason Feinman, Student Director (email@example.com).