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					                                        Social Responsibility Report


Moving Forward by giving back
  T o O U R C O M M U N I T I E S , C O L L E A G U E S , S TA K E H O L D E R S A N D E N V I R O N M E N T




                                      UMDNJ MEANS A HEALTHY NEW JERSEY
umdnj & Social responsibility

Giving back
1      Message from the President
2      Strengthening Communities
6      Inspiring Volunteers
10     Shaping Public Policy
12     Embracing Diversity
16     Protecting Our Environment
18     Delivering Healthcare
22     Working For Our Employees
26     Improving Lives Through Discovery
28     Statewide System




On the cover (left to right): Ca Misha Hill; social worker, UH;
Raymond Malapero, student, NJMS; Remy Layug, pediatric            SCHOOLS AND UNITS OF THE UNIVERSITY
nurse, UH; Dorian Wilson, MD, liver transplant surgeon and        GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES (GSBS)
assistant professor, NJMS; Tiffany Lee, student, SHRP;            NEW JERSEY DENTAL SCHOOL (NJDS)
Bernadette Cracchiolo, MD, MPH, gynecologic oncologist and        NEW JERSEY MEDICAL SCHOOL (NJMS)
associate professor, obstetrics, gynecology and women's health,   ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON MEDICAL SCHOOL (RWJMS)
NJMS; Rebecca Reed, DMD, assistant professor, community           SCHOOL OF HEALTH RELATED PROFESSIONS (SHRP)
health, NJDS; Javier Escobar, MD, professor of psychiatry and     SCHOOL OF NURSING (SN)
family medicine, RWJMS; Dewan Fahima, student, SOM; Elisa         SCHOOL OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE (SOM)
Bandera, MD, PhD, associate professor, surgery, RWJMS and         SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH (SPH)
CINJ; Ray Scarpa, DNP, AOCN, University Hospital; Sgt. Varfee     UNIVERSITY BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE (UBHC)
Siryon, public safety officer.                                    THE UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL (UH)
Message from the President




G       I V I N G B AC K . It is part of our four-fold mission and what we do at UMDNJ to make a positive difference in the
        communities we serve. Giving back is caring for others and lending our skills and expertise to meet the critical needs of
the underserved, both at home and abroad. It’s embracing diversity on our campuses and in our communities.
     It’s volunteering our time on weekends to sit down with men and women just home from military combat and ask how
they are doing, what they are feeling and how we can help. By taking responsibility for our role in making the world a better
place, we are demonstrating good citizenship at its best.
     At UMDNJ, we have a palpable sense of pride in knowing that we take our commitment to social responsibility seriously.
As an academic medical center we are a community of many healers. Through our research we engage in scientific discovery
that enables us to achieve major breakthroughs in the healing process. Giving back is an integral part our culture and extends
our reach far beyond the confines of our schools and campuses.
     Our social responsibility initiatives, carried out by our students, residents, staff, faculty and volunteers, fuel community
growth and development. As a caring, progressive organization that provides leadership, creativity, knowledge and a full range of
services to our many constituents, our work is devoted to improving the human condition. This, we believe, is the essence of
social responsibility.
     We’re also protecting the environment by recycling, reducing waste and conserving energy. New Jersey’s Public Service
Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) recently received approval to implement a Carbon Abatement Program. UMDNJ
participated in this program and will receive $15,775,092 to implement energy conservation measures at the Newark campus.
Through this participation, UMDNJ will gain recognition for advancing the state’s energy master plan and for developing a
goal of sustainability by reducing our carbon emissions through reduced energy consumption.
     These are just a few of the many ways in which UMDNJ gives back as an active and responsible citizen, promoting the
public good. Through these and other initiatives, we demonstrate the importance of our University as a statewide asset and our
unwavering commitment to serving others. As you will see, UMDNJ means a healthy New Jersey and a healthier world.




                                                        William F. Owen, Jr., MD
                                                        President

                                                                                                    OUR COMMITMENT TO SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY   1
2   UNIVERSITY OF MEDICINE & DENTISTRY OF NEW JERSEY
                                                             strengthening

                         communities
UMDNJ Goes to the Olympics                          NJDS faculty members, students, alumni       educational materials                            athletes for flexibility, func-




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            pecial Olympians know what it           and friends provide a Special Smiles pro-    and games, and                                   tional strength, balance and
            takes to win: hard work, deter-         gram with free screenings and oral hygiene   blood pressure,                                 aerobic condition. This year,
            mination and strong, healthy            instructions. They also fabricate custom     height/weight, and                                       SHRP physical thera-
            bodies. These athletes may have         mouthguards for athletes competing in        other screenings for Special                               py doctoral students
            dedication and resolve like             contact sports.                              Olympics athletes. Physical                                 volunteered at a
none other, but without good health, they              SHRP volunteers provide various health    therapists and students check                               bike-riding clinic,
don’t have a sporting chance.                                                                                                               the first ever held at the Special
   Like others with disabilities, Special                                                                                                 Olympics. Observing the athletes
Olympics athletes have a 40 percent greater                                                                                              as they pedaled a bicycle, the stu-
risk of developing health problems than                                                                                               dents offered instruction, changing the
those without such challenges. Added to                                                                                          seat height and adding pedal blocks and
that, about 27 percent of disabled                                                                                               straps as needed. Because these children
Americans have untreated tooth decay.                                                                                            sometimes have difficulty learning bike-rid-
Because it is often difficult for this popula-                                                                                   ing skills, the training was a great success
tion to access the care they need, many                                                                                          and future clinics are in the works.
simply go without.                                                                                                                  Each summer, 400-plus athletes take
   As a result, the Healthy Athletes initia-                                                                                     advantage of the free screenings. For NJDS
tive was developed to bring free health                                                                                          and SHRP students, the program is an
screenings to Special Olympics competi-                                                                                          opportunity to work with this population,
tions around the world. For a decade,                                                                                            and for the athletes, it’s an opportunity to
NJDS and SHRP have volunteered during                                                                                            truly go for the gold.
the Summer Games, held on the campus of
The College of New Jersey in Ewing.
                                                                                                                                 Above: Special Olympians all received bags containing
                                                                                                                                 toothbrushes, toothpaste, sugarless gum and a Mr. Molar
Facing page: Janelle Hamilton from SHRP’s Medical                                                                                stuffed doll.
Laboratory Science Program, Class of 2009                                                                                        Left: UMDNJ volunteers provided oral screenings.


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                                                            “Can parks promote physical activity among children living in low income communities? Could
                                                            they help stem the tide of childhood obesity? I am researching and developing a project to
                                                            build on Newark City Parks Department initiatives, and working closely with community groups
                                                            to design and revamp neighborhood parks.”                           —Sandra E. Echeverria, PhD, assistant professor, epidemiology, SPH




                                                       TLC to the Rescue



                                                       W
                                                                       hen sudden death or any
                                                                       traumatic event involves New
                                                                       Jersey students, school
                                                       administrators can call TLC for communi-
                                                       ty-wide mental health support and psycho-
                                                       logical first aid. No, those letters don’t
                                                       stand for Tender Loving Care but
                                                       Traumatic Loss Coalition for Youth, a pro-
                                                       gram operated by UBHC, the University’s
                                                       behavioral health network. This successful
                                                       program, established in 2000 and expand-
     The SPH Tobacco Dependence Program,
                                                       ed after the events of 9/11, includes repre-
     under director Jonathan Foulds, PhD, has          sentatives from schools, mental health
     been training personnel at more than 40           organizations, law enforcement, faith-based
     New Jersey high schools to help adoles-           groups and community agencies.                 Left: Donna Amundson, LCSW, program manager, Traumatic Loss Coalitions for Youth Program; Susan Furrer, acting
     cents who want to quit smoking but can’t                                                         chief operating officer, UBHC
                                                          TLC has trained thousands of healthcare
     quite succeed. Youth Quit2Win is among
                                                       providers and others in suicide prevention,    suddenly from a heart attack, a TLC team                   School District, and the Wyckoff Board of
     the rare, successful, in-school smoking
                                                       also offering collaboration and support to     arrived at the school to counsel hundreds                  Education. Says Donna Amundson,
     cessation and education programs aimed
     at this peer-pressured age group. Most
                                                       professionals working with school-age chil-    of red-eyed students. TLC training is avail-               LCSW, program manager, “We feel hon-
     focus on prevention.                              dren to promote healing and resiliency in      able in suicide prevention, substance abuse                ored to work with so many compassionate
                                                       the aftermath of suicide, homicide, acci-      awareness and violence prevention. A new                   and talented individuals in the schools and
                                                       dent or illness. Schools can request assis-    post traumatic stress management model is                  communities each day.”
                                                       tance from a TLC Lead Response Team for        being implemented.
                                                       crisis intervention. Services range from          Letters of appreciation pour in from                    TLC is federally funded through the Department of
                                                       phone consultation to on-site aid. For         places like the Ridgewood Parks and                        Children and Families—Division of Child Behavioral
                                                       instance, when a high school athlete died      Recreation Department, the Pine Hill                       Health Services.

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Brain Boosters
Since 2004, more than 2,750 senior citizens from 17 counties in the state have been building better brain health through BAM! (Brain and
Memory). The New Jersey Institute for Successful Aging (NJISA) at SOM offers this innovative community education program that teaches
at-risk older adults brain exercises and activities to help them maximize their brain function and promote successful aging.




To Make Streets Safer                           received funding to evaluate the outcomes        PIPP partners include: UH Trauma




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         roblem: Stop children from being       of our efforts.” Though PIPP was just            Center, UH Emergency Medical Services,
         injured on Newark streets in vehicle   launched in 2006, statistics already show a      New Community Corporation, the city of
                                                                                                 Newark, the Mayor’s office, NJ Department of Human
         accidents. Between 2001 and 2006,      decline in injured pedestrians at UH.
                                                                                                 Services, NJ Division of Highway Traffic Safety, NJ and
324 kids ages 5 to 12 were brought to the       Focusing on Engineering/Environment,             U.S. Departments of Transportation, Newark Public
University Hospital (UH) Trauma Center          Enforcement and Education, PIPP has              Schools, Newark’s Department of Engineering, Newark
because of pedestrian crashes; 36 had severe    mapped injury hot spots, installed safety        Police Department, Essex County Prosecutor’s Office,
head injuries, five died. Trauma direc-              cameras, run rap competitions and           Greater Newark Conservancy, Amerigroup Insurance,
tor David Livingston, MD, profes-                        handed out glow-in-the-dark wrist       and many other neighborhood groups.

sor, surgery, has treated this all                           bands. The application to
too common problem for                                          become a crossing guard,
more than 20 years.                                                 once a stumbling block
                                                                                                       Barbershop Therapy
“There is no doubt                                                      for attracting candi-
                                                                                                       You can get more than a shave and haircut in about 140
that we can decrease                                                      dates, was stream-
                                                                                                       New Jersey barbershops, perhaps the perfect places to
pediatric pedestrian                                                      lined from 57 to 10
                                                                                                       tackle prostate cancer and catch traditionally hard-to-
injuries,” he says.                                                   pages. A logic model             reach, high-risk minority populations in urban communi-
Newark was identified by                                          detailing PIPP activities,           ties. “The lifetime risk for prostate cancer in black men
the National Highway Traffic                                   designed by epidemiologist              is one in eight. Men don’t like talking about their
Safety Administration as having                            Marian R. Passannante, PhD, asso-           health,” explains Stanley H. Weiss, MD, professor of pre-
one of the highest pedestrian injury                   ciate professor of preventive medicine          ventive medicine and community health at NJMS, and of
                                                                                                       quantitative methods at SPH. With the New Jersey
rates of any U.S. urban area.                      and community health at NJMS, and of
                                                                                                       Cancer Education and Early Detection program, which provides education and screening
    Solution: Get all interested parties to       quantitative methods at SPH, was submit-
                                                                                                       to uninsured, low-income people and support from federal and state funding, Weiss’ team
work together, says Sharon Clancy, MPH,           ted for presentation to the American                 has been working with The Barbershop Initiative™, created by The Prostate Net®, nation-
coordinator, Pedestrian Injury Partnership       Public Health Association in November                 ally for more than five years and expanding upon its success for the past two. Barbers
Program (PIPP). “There’s a lot of inter-         2009. “The logic model is a wonderful                 trained as health educators help customers learn more and get tested.
agency collaboration. We’ve taught more          tool to organize and energize PIPP coali-
than 5,000 kids street crossing safety and       tion members,” says Passannante.

                                                                                                                                                                   OUR COMMITMENT TO SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY   5
                                               inspiring

                                                       volunteers
                                                           Helping ‘God’s Forgotten Children’               share public health information to help res-




                                                           I
                                                                      t’s hard to stay healthy when the     idents make healthy lifestyle choices, a by-
                                                                      odds are against you—when you’re      product of the sessions was the sense of
                                                                      incarcerated, drug-addicted or        hope the students inspired in the young-
                                                                      homeless. Yet it’s just this disad-   sters. Boys enrolled in the Renaissance
                                                                      vantaged group that is benefitting    House’s Adolescent Services program found
                                                           from a unique program at NJMS. Through           the medical student volunteers to be role
                                                           Mini Med Outreach, NJMS students hit             models. Said one adolescent: “Listening to
                                                           the road to visit two Newark facilities: the     the medical students, I realized I can get
                                                           Kintock House, for paroled prison inmates,       my education. I can be a doctor or a
                                                           and the Newark Renaissance House, a shel-        lawyer. When I was on the streets, I never
                                                           ter for troubled youngsters and homeless         believed that.”
                                                           women and their children. The medical stu-
                                                           dents deliver a series of one-hour lectures
                                                           on subjects ranging from cardiovascular dis-
                                                           ease and sexually transmitted diseases to
                                                           drug abuse and diabetes. The program is an
                                                           offshoot of the Mini Medical School pro-
                                                           gram at NJMS, which was launched 10
                                                           years ago. Student co-directors of this pro-
                                                           gram are third year students Lloyd Webster
                                                           (left) and Laju Patel (top right). Webster, a
                                                           former science teacher, says, “We’re target-
                                                           ing the population of Newark that really
                                                           needs the help. We think of them as God’s
                                                           forgotten children.”
                                                              Although the program’s main goal is to

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                                                      “If you have the opportunity and ability to help others, you should. I think it’s a
                                                      reason you want to become a doctor.”                           —Laju Patel, third year student, NJMS




Giving Kids Something to                              gums. Each year, NJDS helps these under-
Smile About
                                                      served children have smiles they can be



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           here is nothing more heartwarm-            proud of through the national Give Kids A
           ing than seeing a child smile.             Smile! (GKAS!) program.
           When it’s accompanied by a gig-               Held early in February, GKAS! provides
gle, it’s even more endearing. But some-              free screenings, preventive care, oral hygiene
times even happy children won’t smile, or if          instructions and tools, and in some cases,
they do, they cover their mouths. They are            treatment for kids who may not otherwise
among the millions of American kids who               see a dentist. NJDS students and faculty
do not have access to regular oral health-            and dental hygiene students from SHRP
care and are embarrassed by chipped or                volunteer at NJDS’s five sites. Last year,
broken teeth, cavities or red, inflamed               1,073 children were seen, 845 of them on




   The Power of Volunteers
   The Camden Saturday Health Clinic (CSHC) is a remarkable example of what can be
   accomplished when the goals of medical education are aligned with the power of volun-
   teerism. Its impact on one of America’s most impoverished cities is extraordinary. Founded
  in 2003 by a UMDNJ student, the clinic is funded entirely by student efforts and donations           Craig Barry, NJDS Class of 2010, entertaining a patient

     and staffed by medical student volunteers.
                                                                                                       the Newark campus alone, which is one of                  problems,” says NJDS Dean Cecile
      Over the years, CSHC has settled in as part of Camden. Its goal is to bridge the health-
                                                                                                       the largest sites in the country. Seventy sites           Feldman. “Children with oral pain have
     care gap for this underserved community by providing healthcare and health education
     for its patients. For the student volunteers there is the opportunity to build clinical skills    throughout the state provided free care, and              trouble eating, learning and talking, all of
   and to sharpen their appreciation for cultural diversity in medicine. For the next generation       many were NJDS alumni who opened their                    which have a profoundly negative impact
      of physicians, the clinic teaches a life lesson: the importance—indeed the rewards—              practices to GKAS! participants for the day.              on their lives. It is our responsibility as oral
      of giving back.                                                                                     “Every year children miss 15 million                   healthcare providers to help these kids get
                                                                                                       hours of school because of oral health                    the care they need.”

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                                                             “Our volunteer team worked hard, living in very basic accommodations, such as sleeping on the floor
                                                             of a church basement. We exchanged the comforts of home for the chance to advance the health of
                                                             people in the Dominican Republic.”                  —SN instructor Lynne McEnroe, MA, MSN, APRN-BC, one of the trip's organizers




                                                         A Med School Must



                                                         W
                                                                         hy squeeze volunteering into
                                                                         a tightly-packed med school
                                                                         schedule? The answer, accord-
                                                         ing to Jen Martini, is easy. “It’s not a hassle
                                                         but a break. Interacting with patients and
                                                         classmates in a volunteer setting is a great
                                                         way to remove yourself temporarily from
                                                         the stress of being buried in books or con-
                                                         stantly evaluated on the wards. You take a
                                                                        step back and refocus on
                                                                         human interactions and the
                                                                          passion for people that moti-
NJMS Students S.H.A.R.E.                                               vated us to choose medicine in
Their Skills
                                                                the first place.”
Each year, scores of
incoming NJMS students
                                                                 Martini, a leader of the free-of-
kick off the school year with a                              charge, student-run, primary care
trip to a local community center
where they participate in the annual
                                                          Promise Clinic, open once a week in New
Cares Day event. Sponsored by NJMS student               Brunswick, has been at it since her first year
community outreach organization S.H.A.R.E.
                                                         when she started as a class rep before mov-
(Student Health Advocates for Resources and
Education), Cares Day introduces the students to a       ing to scheduling coordinator, operations         Above: Jen Martini, RWJMS, class of 2010, has chosen family medicine as a specialty.
wide variety of community service opportunities.
                                                         committee director and now, co-director
Last year, students volunteered for a painting project
at Covenant House New Jersey, which provides             with Niren Jatsukar. Close to half the            estimates. “As the demands on your energy                   once in awhile, someone will pull me aside
services to homeless and at-risk adolescents.
                                                         RWJMS student body participate at                 and attention increase, it is essential to                  after an appointment or stop by the clinic
                                                         Promise either as student doctors or on the       make time for things you love so you don’t                  just to thank us for providing care or
                                                         steering committee while the other half go        lose yourself or perspective.” Volunteering is              improving their lives. It is so satisfying to be
                                                         in different volunteer directions, Martini        also about the patients, says Martini. “Every               reminded of what a difference we make.”

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                                                      While we are a statewide resource,   UMDNJ’s mission of helping people live healthier lives doesn’t end at
                                                      New Jersey’s borders. Many of our physicians, staff and students have traveled the globe to provide healthcare to less fortunate
                                                      people in underdeveloped countries. It’s part of our mission to improve the health of communities in our state, our country and beyond.




                                                                                                      more serious health conditions, including
     Operating in Ghana                                                                               diabetes and hypertension. “Saying these
     Imagine volunteering to provide medical care at a hospital with only two physicians on           communities are poor gives no justice to
     staff. An NJMS team recently did just that when this seriously understaffed hospital in          what I saw,” wrote one student about the
     Ghana asked for help. A group of 20 physicians, nurses, anesthesiologists and support
                                                                                                      experience. “My emotions swung from one
     staff traveled to the Agona-Swedru Government Hospital in March 2008. “We completed
                                                                                                      extreme to the other: from sorrow and sym-
     82 operations on both adults and children,” says Asha Bale,
     MD, assistant professor of surgery. “Elective surgery was per-
                                                                                                      pathy to appreciation and fulfillment.”
     formed for hernias and soft tissue masses. We also handled
     emergency cases. Despite many challenges, including non-                                         Aiding the Poor


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     functioning equipment and blistering heat, we completed our                                              ach spring, John F. Bertagnolli, Jr.,
     operations safely and successfully.”                                                                     DO (SOM’83), and his wife,
     “The surgeries we performed relieved patients’ pain and                                                  Sondra De Antonio, MD
     allowed them to return to meaningful work and lead more nor-                                     (RWJMS’86), volunteer as part of a health-          Above: Students from SPH and SN volunteered
     mal lives,” adds Ziad Sifri, MD, assistant professor of surgery.
                                                                                                      care team that spends a week in Kingston,             their services in the Dominican Republic.
     “This mission provided us with the opportunity to give back to
                                                                                                      Jamaica, bringing much-needed medical                Below: A healthcare team from SOM brought
     our community on a global scale.”
                                                                                                      care to inner-city residents. Bertagnolli, an          much-needed medical care to Jamaica.

                                                                                                      assistant professor of family medicine at
                                                                                                      SOM, takes third- and fourth-year students
Improving Lives in the Bateyes                        Project, helping with everything from para-     along on the medical mission. This year,



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       arlier this year, volunteer healthcare         site control programs to hypertension           the healthcare team provided primary care
       teams from UMDNJ’s public health               screenings. The project also supports 27        services to approximately 500 indigent
       and nursing schools made separate              orphaned children in school and provides        patients living in primitive shelters barri-
journeys to one of the poorest areas of the           monthly food packets to the women who           caded by steel doors. De Antonio, a neurol-
Western Hemisphere: the bateyes of the                have volunteered to care for them. In June,     ogist, worked with 100 physically and
Dominican Republic. These impoverished                students and faculty from SN visited the        mentally handicapped children in orphan-
communities lack clean water and residents            bateyes, bringing with them first aid sup-      ages. “It’s hard to comprehend what life is
are crowded together in shacks made of tin            plies, OTC medicines and toiletries.            like in this poor country,” says Bertagnolli.
or plywood. SPH students visited as part of           Working with local health professionals,        “The people we treat here are the throw-
the Dominican Republic Health Outreach                they treated colds and coughs as well as        aways of society.”

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                                                        shaping

                                                        public policy
                                                            Put Love on the Agenda                          and their families, and strengthening com-




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                                                                             ry linking the words love      munity support for these individuals whose
                                                                             and public policy in the       disabilities originate in childhood and per-
                                                                             same mental image. This        sist through life. Spitalnik has championed
                                                                             task comes easily for          this cause locally, statewide and nationally,
                                                                             Deborah Spitalnik, PhD         opening doors, changing laws and serving
                                                            (left), executive director of                      on a mile-long list of committees to
                                                            The Elizabeth M. Boggs                              advise everyone from legislators to the
                                                            Center on Developmental                                         New Jersey governor and the
                                                            Disabilities at RWJMS. The                                         U.S. president. Her work
                                                            Center opened in 1983                                              has influenced community
                                                            with just Spitalnik and a                                          services, Medicaid and
                                                            secretary, but now has 30                                            health policy, Supple-
                                                            employees and is part of                                               mental Security Income
                                                            a network of University                                                        for Children,
                                                            Centers for Excellence in                                                    and even the defi-
                                                            Developmental Disabilities                                              nition of intellectual
                                                            Education, Research and Service                            disability. “My goal in educating
                                                            created by the U.S. Department of Health                   physicians and others is not only
                                                            and Human Services. Spitalnik believes,         to enhance their skills in caring, but also to
                                                            “Unless we act out of love in all endeavors,    recognize their role in connecting children
                                                            but especially the human enterprise…pub-        and adults with services across their lifes-
                                                            lic policy goes awry.”                          pan. When professionals embrace this and
                                                               For more than 30 years, this professor       appreciate the contributions people with
                                                            has been expanding opportunities, social        disabilities make, they give families hope as
                                                            services, healthcare, education and attitudes   well as help. I feel privileged to do this
                                                            for people with developmental disabilities      work, which I love so much.”

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                                                     “Patients come in all different sizes and shapes. One concern I have about healthcare reform is that
                                                     quote
                                                     it may be good for the vanillas but could cause trouble for the exotic flavors — folks with disabilities or
                                                     kids on welfare, for instance. But it will still be a far better place than where we are now.”
                                                     — Alfred F. Tallia, MD, founding director of the Health Policy Fellowship and chair of strategic planning for RWJMS, as a panelist for the
                                                     “President’s Lecture” series, May 21, 2009




                                                                                                        one chance in 100,000, workplace cancer             have been no regulatory decisions and peo-
                                   Finding Dental Dollars
                                                                                                        risks after OSHA has declared its regulato-         ple continue to be exposed at work and at
                                   As the economic stimulus package made its way through the            ry ‘mission accomplished’…almost always             home. When will the evidence be strong
                                   labyrinth of Congressional committees, lawmakers were not
                                                                                                        exceed one chance in 1,000.” Finkel, a for-         enough to merit preventive action?”
                                   the only ones scrutinizing the bill. NJDS Dean Cecile
                                                                                                        mer officer with the Occupational Safety
                                   Feldman, DMD, MBA, downloaded the 407-page document
                                   from the online Congressional record and began studying it.
                                                                                                        and Health Administration (OSHA), ham-
                                   She identified areas within the bill that would benefit the          mered that in the 38 years since the official
                                   dental profession: education construction support and health         war on cancer began, “the federal govern-
                                   information technology (HIT).                                        ment has done surprisingly little to reduce
                                   Working with the New Jersey legislative delegation in                workplace exposure to carcinogens.”
                                   Washington, Feldman created language in the bill— officially            An epidemiologist who studies environ-
     known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act—making academic dental institu-                mental risk, pollution, public health and
     tions eligible for funding to cover much of the cost of implementing shovel-ready con-
                                                                                                        disease clustering, Wartenberg, a professor
     struction projects and HIT. HIT will accelerate the transfer of oral health records into
                                                                                                        of environmental and occupational medi-
     secure electronic files, thus improving the quality and safety of the oral healthcare deliv-
     ery system and accelerating the exchange of information among providers.                           cine at RWJMS and professor of epidemi-
                                                                                                        ology at SPH, also railed against the road-
                                                                                                        blocks that contribute to the dangers of
                                                                                                        cancer-causing solvents like trichloroethyl-
Cancer Crusaders                                     most unacceptable environmental risks              ene (TCE), a common industrial cleaning



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         wo UMDNJ environmental                      society nevertheless tolerates,” explained         agent used since the early 1900s. TCE,
         experts—Adam M. Finkel, ScD,                Finkel, a professor of environmental and           found in more than 850 Superfund sites,
         MPP, and Daniel Wartenberg,                 occupational health at SPH. His topic,             has leaked into groundwater, soil, homes
PhD— were among 12 scientists who testi-             headlined “There Is No War on                      and drinking water. “Many occupational
fied before the President’s Cancer Panel last        Occupational Cancer,” was designed to rat-         studies link TCE with various cancers,
September. This three member panel                   tle public policy-makers. “While Congress          including kidney, liver, and non-Hodgkin
reports directly to the U.S. President.              has repeatedly instructed EPA to strive to         lymphoma.” An EPA review begun in 1997
“Workplace exposures are far and away the            reduce lifetime excess cancer risk to below        documented this health hazard. Yet, “there

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12   UNIVERSITY OF MEDICINE & DENTISTRY OF NEW JERSEY
                                                                                           embracing

                                                    diversity
Approaching Cancer Care’s                                    With efforts to raise awareness among minority populations about clinical
Unanswered Questions
                                                             trials, “we are starting to break down the barriers of Tuskegee.”



S
             hawna Hudson is not necessar-
             ily the kind of researcher you                  —Shawna Hudson, PhD
             would expect to meet at The
             Cancer Institute of New Jersey
             (CINJ). But she may very well                   and Newark Beth Israel Hospital.                  the elderly and ethnic /
be perched on the cusp of answers to some                       “We are starting to break down the bar-        minority groups.
of our most pressing problems regarding                      riers of Tuskegee,” she says.                        Hudson hopes to
treatment of this dreaded disease.                              Her next venture will take her into the        gain from interviews of
   Hudson has taken no detours on her                        world of cancer survivors to address what         40 participants
professional path. Her doctoral studies in                   happens when cancer treatment is finished.        “enough to understand
sociology focused on health disparities in                   Hudson’s work with the Sisters Network of         what’s going on”
the aging population; and her postdoctoral                   Central NJ—an African American breast             before doing
research—funded by the NJ Commission                         cancer survivors group—informs this               a large survey, eventu-
on Cancer Research—looked at impedi-                         research. “When black women get breast            ally setting appropri-
ments to accessing clinical trials. She wants                cancer, it tends to be more aggressive. They      ate interventions for
to “make sure all groups know their                          may have different long-term follow-up            New Jersey patients
options and can make informed choices.”                      needs and quality of life issues.”                and then creating a national model.
Hudson has partnered with IMPACT NJ                             She wants to determine what the pat-              “Life after cancer for survivors can be
to raise awareness among minority popula-                    terns of care are for cancer follow-up and        both exhilarating and challenging,” she
tions of clinical trials beginning in Newark,                where there is a role for primary care in         says. If her research makes their journey
where patient navigation services have been                  that process. Her study will focus on the         even a little easier, she will have accom-
launched at UMDNJ-University Hospital                        needs of various cancer survivors including       plished a great thing.


Left to right: Ciara Rivera, program assistant, Community Research; Shawna Hudson, PhD, assistant professor;
Marsha Gordon, MPH, program director, Survey Research and Qualitative Methods Shared Resource, CINJ


                                                                                                                                                            OUR COMMITMENT TO SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY   13
                                                                “The primary goal of this conference (right) is to foster the careers of new researchers focusing
                                                                on Latino mental health.”              —Javier Escobar, MD, RWJMS associate dean for global health and professor of psychiatry




     Support for Minority Faculty in Academic Medicine        It Takes a Community to “Grow”
     UMDNJ’s Newark campus was the site for this year’s       a Doctor
     annual conference of the Northeast Consortium for




                                                              I
     Minority Faculty Development (NCMFD) — a collabo-              n July, 33 freshman and sophomore
     ration of Mount Sinai School of Medicine, the
     University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Albert          college students completed the first
     Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University             six-week session of a three-summer
     and NJMS. Highlights of the conference, which
     teaches skills needed by both junior and senior facul-   program designed to support their dreams
     ty to advance, included workshops in “Mapping Your       to become doctors. All are economically
     Career,” “Effective Writing,” “Medical School
     Financial Management,” and a discussion on               disadvantaged New Jersey residents
     “Successful Grant Funding.”                              enrolled in four-year or community col-
     The four consortium members joined together in           leges. Increasing the diversity of the state’s
     2006 to attract and develop minority physicians and
     non-physician scientists for careers in academic medi-   physicians is this program’s top goal.
     cine by: providing them with a wider and more diverse       Participants completed courses in anato-
     group of mentors and role models; supporting their
     research endeavors; introducing them to a network of     my, physiology and organic chemistry
     peer contacts; and conducting an annual workshop.        while developing the academic skills to
     The Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation made a three-year
     award of $1.3 million to the consortium in 2006.         ensure their future success, says Maria          Schools represented in their first group        eral NJMS students and alumni. “A couple
                                                              Soto-Greene, MD (right), vice dean and           include Rutgers, Columbia, Seton Hall,          came through similar pipeline programs,”
                                  SOM teaching assistant      director of NJMS’s Hispanic Center of            Howard, Montclair State and Princeton           comments Soto-Greene. “They’re here to
                                        Adeleke Adesina
                                                              Excellence, who directs this, and other,         universities and Essex County College.          give back and to show these scholars that
                                                              “pipeline” programs.                             African Americans accounted for 49 percent      they, too, can succeed.”
                                                                 NJMS plans to have 65 participants by         of the total and Hispanic, West Indian,
                                                                                                                                                               The Northeast Regional Alliance MedPrep Scholars
                                                              next year. While NJMS’s MedPrep partners         Asian and white students the other 51 per-
                                                                                                                                                               Program is a partnership with Mount Sinai School of
                                                              focused their recruitment efforts through-       cent. Soto-Greene plans to follow up with       Medicine Center for Multicultural and Community
                                                              out the New York area, Soto-Greene’s team        these students in January to determine          Affairs, Columbia University College of Physicians and
                                                              from the NJMS Office of Special Programs,        their progress and ask for their input in       Surgeons, and the Manhattan Staten Island Area Health
                                                                                                                                                               Education Center. Funding is provided by a Health
                                                              most notably program support specialist          assessing the value of the content they were
                                                                                                                                                               Careers Opportunity Program grant from the U.S.
                                                              Victor Marques, engaged in an aggressive         taught in the summer session.                   Department of Health and Human Services Health
                                                              recruitment campaign in New Jersey.                 Among the MedPrep teachers were sev-         Resources and Services Administration.

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National Latino Mental Health Conference
RWJMS welcomed Latino mental health experts and budding investigators for the 7th annual "Critical Research Issues in Latino Mental Health" conference in June. “There is a shortage of
investigators focusing on the issues relevant to the Latino community,” states Alejandro Interian, MD, a conference organizer and RWJMS assistant professor of psychiatry. Medication adherence
and underutilization of mental health services due to language and cultural barriers are among these issues. Junior-investigators — most within several years of earning their doctoral degrees —
were paired with prominent senior researchers from various mental health disciplines to work on a presentation for the conference.




Camden Youths Share Their                                                                                           Student Group Earns National Award
Stories Through SPH Project



D
             igital cameras gave a group of
             children in Camden the
             chance to share what their
lives are like in a neighborhood where
more than a third of the city’s murders
occur.
   At first glance, the
pictures appear to sim-
ply convey the joys of
childhood—the image                                                    Whitman Park, Nezworski
of a loved one or a fun                                                planned her fieldwork
bike ride. Look a little                                               project during the spring
closer, and you’ll notice                                              2009 semester, obtaining a
                                                                                                                    An SOM student group, under the guidance of the school's Department of Family
something else—the trash                             Community Based Project Program grant
                                                                                                                    Medicine, has been named one of just seven recipients of a 2009 Caring for
on the street or a memorial in honor of a            from the Physician Assistant Foundation to
                                                                                                                    Community grant from the Association of American Medical Colleges. The award pro-
shooting victim.                                     fund the project and buy digital cameras.                      vides $11,800 for the first year (with the possibility for an additional $17,000 over
   Capturing the challenges confronting                 For seven weeks this summer, UMDNJ                          the next three years) to support the REACH (Revitalizing Education and Advancing
the residents of Camden’s Whitman Park               students Nezworski, David Pierre (GSBS),                       Camden's Health) project.
is one way to shed light on existing or              and Olumuyiwa Akerele (SOM) volun-                             In Camden, one in four children is born to a teenage parent and one in four students
potential health disparities. That was the           teered as interns at HCOC’s summer camp,                       fails to graduate high school. UMDNJ volunteers will help Camden middle school stu-
intent behind the Whitman Park Youth                 working with 30 children, ages 6 to 17.                        dents identify health issues in their community and create service projects to address

PhotoVoice Program, the creation of Sarah            The children were given cameras and asked                      those problems. Volunteers will also work to recruit minority students into the health
                                                                                                                    professions. Second year medical students Farhad Modarai and Hyun Ouk Hong
Nezworski, a student enrolled in SPH                 to capture their daily lives. They shared
                                                                                                                    (right) created the program and will lead it.
and SHRP. Working with the Hope                      their photos and stories at an exhibit held
Community Outreach Center (HCOC) in                  at the SPH campus in Stratford.

                                                                                                                                                                          OUR COMMITMENT TO SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY   15
                                                                                               protecting our
                                                                                               environment
                                                                                                  Lessons Learned From a Coal Mine




                                                                                                  I
                                                                                                           magine traveling down a black
                                                                                                           hole in the ground to work hun-
                                                                                                           dreds of feet beneath the earth’s
                                                                                                           surface. Throughout this century
                                                                                                           and before, coal miners faced per-
                                                                                                  ilous working conditions, including explo-
                                                                                                  sions and exposure to poisonous gases.
                                                                                                  Through lessons learned about these and
                                                                                                  other occupational hazards, UMDNJ trains
                                                                                                                future public health profes-
                                                                                                                sionals to have a greater
                                                                                                                understanding about work-           The first stop was the Lackawanna Coal
                                                                                                                place health and safety.            Mine in Scranton, PA. There, students
                                                                                                                    Students from SPH and           rode a train 300 feet into the mine’s shaft
                                                                                                                six other colleges and univer-      to tour the facility. Other sites include a
                                                                                                                sities explored industrial facil-   steel mill and automobile assembly plant.
                                                                                                                ities of historical importance         The final stop was a visit to Love Canal,
                                                                                                  to environmental and occupational health          the site of one of the worst environmental
                                                                                                  by taking the annual Historical Perspectives      pollution disasters in American history,
                                                         “The tour brings together students
                                                            from occupational medicine,           Tour. This 5-day, 1,100-mile bus expedi-          where a chemical company buried tons of
                                                        occupational safety, ergonomics and       tion was led by Mitchel Rosen, MS,                toxic materials near a residential neighbor-
                                                         industrial hygiene to examine work
                                                         safety issues,” says Mitchel Rosen.      CHES, director, Office of Public Health           hood. Here students learned that occupa-
                                                        “They see the hazardous conditions        Practice, SPH, and faculty at other partici-      tional health and safety includes making
                                                        workers were exposed to in the past
                                                          and learn how far we’ve come in         pating schools, including Mount Sinai             responsible decisions to protect not only a
                                                            improving workplace safety.”          School of Medicine, Hunter College, NJIT,         company’s workers, but also surrounding
                                                                                                  NYU and the University of Cincinnati.             communities and the environment.

16   UNIVERSITY OF MEDICINE & DENTISTRY OF NEW JERSEY
                                               “I used to say, ‘It ain’t easy being green,’ but the efforts by everyone on the
                                               UMDNJ campuses has made our green cleaning, recycling and energy reduction
                                               goals attainable.”          —Michael J. D’Aquila, central campus manager, Piscataway




                                                                                                  UMDNJ Goes Green
                                                                                                  One of the most important factors influencing health is
                                                                                                  the environment in which we live and work. Accordingly,
                                                                                                  UMDNJ is actively engaged in efforts to maintain a safe,
                                                                                                  clean environment. The following are just a few of the
                                                                                                  many environmentally friendly initiatives we’ve undertaken:

Breathing Easier                                                                                  • UMDNJ has rolled out green, environmentally friendly
in Beijing                                                                                        cleaning products on all its campuses.




A
        s a commitment                                                                            • The University processed 9,631,623 pounds of waste
         to hosting the                                                                           in 2008. Of that, 1,976,063 pounds were recyclables,
                                                                                                  including paper, cardboard, cans, bottles, scrap metal
           2008
                                                                                                  and electronics.
Summer Olympics, the
                                                                                                  • Upgrading 44,000 light fixtures on the Newark campus to
Chinese government
                                                                                                  more efficient fluorescent lighting reduced energy consumption
pledged to reduce air
                                                                                                  and greenhouse gas emissions, offsetting some $860,000 a year
pollution in Beijing to levels comparable to   UMDNJ is working to improve public                 in energy costs.
those of Western cities. Before the games      health in areas where pollution is a serious
                                                                                                  • The Piscataway campus recycles 4,400 pounds of cooking oil
began, they successfully reduced concentra-    problem.                                           each year. It is recycled for use in soap products, cattle feed, paints and as biofuel.
tions of key ambient pollutants by up to          Other team members include David Q.
                                                                                                  • University Hospital implemented new procedures for the proper handling of infectious
fifty percent. Researchers from UMDNJ,         Rich, ScD, assistant professor, epidemiolo-        medical waste, called ‘red bag waste’ because it must be disposed of in red biohazard
led by Junfeng (Jim) Zhang, PhD, profes-       gy, SPH, Howard M. Kipen, MD, MPH,                 bags. The result was a 33 percent reduction in the amount of red bag waste generated.
sor and chair, Department of                   professor of environmental and occupa-             Because such waste must be disinfected by microwaving prior to disposal, energy costs
Environmental and Occupational Health          tional medicine, RWJMS, and environ-               have also been reduced.
and associate dean of global public health     mental and occupational health, SPH,               • In Newark, conversion of a 10,000-gallon oil tank providing fuel for 40 diesel-powered
at SPH, joined forces with scientists from     Shou-En Lu, PhD, associate professor and           vehicles to a biodiesel tank offset thousands of dollars in fuel costs.
Peking University in Beijing, China to         Pamela Ohman-Strickland, PhD, associate            • Three energy-efficient cogeneration units in Newark simultaneously produce both
study how cardiovascular and respiratory       professor, biostatistics, SPH, and Scott           electricity and steam for heating and cooling. The units are less expensive to run and have
responses are affected by changes in pollu-    Diehl, PhD, Center for Pharmacogenomics            lower emission levels than a conventional boiler system.

tion levels. Through such partnerships,        and Complex Disease Research, NJDS.

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18   UNIVERSITY OF MEDICINE & DENTISTRY OF NEW JERSEY
                                                                                   delivering

                                    healthcare
Reaching Out to Migrant Workers




M
                         igrant workers are
                         among the most
                         disadvantaged popu-
                         lations in the U.S.                                                                                                                    “I started La Clinica Migratorio four years ago,
                          While their contri-                                                                                                                seeing it as an opportunity to help an underserved
                                                                                                                                                              group — migrant workers— get the care they need
butions are vital to the success of New                                                                                                                        and deserve,” says Vinita Magoon (below), a 4th
Jersey’s farms, the work is grueling and the                                                                                                                  year DO /JD student at SOM. “They’re doing labor
                                                                                                                                                             that most people don’t want to do — literally in our
pay is low.                                                                                                                                                  own backyard. It’s hard work and the workers have
   One way in which UMDNJ helps this                                                                                                                             many musculoskeletal problems as a result.
                                                                                                                                                                          I felt we could help them.”
underserved community is by performing
pediatric motor development screenings at
two elementary schools in south Jersey.
Hundreds of children participate in the
program, designed to identify delays in
motor development.
   The screenings are co-directed by                        Muth. “Our PT students work with the               Students and faculty at SOM also offer
Dennise Krencicki, DPT, and Stephanie                       younger children evaluating motor profi-        services and support to the migrant worker
Muth, PT, NCS, assistant professors, Doctor                 ciency based on standardized tests: catching    community. Under the guidance of the
of Physical Therapy Program, Department                     balls, walking on a line or copying pictures.   Department of Family Medicine, SOM stu-
of Rehabilitation and Movement Sciences,                    Older children are screened for scoliosis.”     dents staff La Clinica Migratorio, bringing
SHRP. “We set up several different screening                The screenings, a collaboration with Special    healthcare to migrant workers. At the clinic,
stations in the schools’ gyms,” explains                    Services of Gloucester County, are part of an   which operates four evenings a week in
                                                            intensive summer program designed to help       Hammonton, NJ, 20 SOM student volun-
Left: Third-year student John Benedetto with children       the children of migrant workers keep pace,      teers do osteopathic manipulative treat-
participating in the screening. Above: A physical therapy
student puts a youngster through his paces to evaluate
                                                            academically and socially, with their less      ments, check blood pressure and learn about
motor development.                                          transient peers.                                some of the difficulties faced by the workers.

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            “Without house calls, many of my patients either would not see a doctor,
            or would call 911 for healthcare.”                                   — John F. Bertagnolli, Jr., DO, assistant professor of family medicine, SOM




                                                             Broadway House is ‘Tops’ in
                                                             National Survey



                                                             U
                                                                         MDNJ’s Broadway House
                                                                         (below), New Jersey’s only spe-
                                                                         cialized HIV/AIDS nursing facili-
                                                             ty, received kudos in the recent US News
                                                             and World Report survey, making the
                                                             Honor Roll of Best Nursing Homes in the
                                                             U.S. The 78-bed facility is one of only two
                                                             facilities in New Jersey and one of 41 in
                                                             the country that
     Broadway House will be able to provide housing and      achieved a perfect
     services to even more HIV/AIDS patients through
     the HELP Newark Initiative, a partnership with rock     score of 5 stars in each
     star Jon Bon Jovi’s Philadelphia Soul Charitable        of the federal govern-
     Foundation and housing developer HELP USA. They
     are joining forces to build the 51-unit Genesis         ment’s three cate-
     Apartments in Newark, which will offer rental housing   gories: health inspec-
     for low-income families and permanent accommoda-
     tions for clients of Broadway House.                    tions, nurse staffing
     Above: Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Bon Jovi and
                                                             and quality measures.
     New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine provide details about          Broadway House                                                      from this epidemic.         stance abuse counseling and physical reha-
     the initiative.
                                                             for Continuing Care                                                    With the advent of anti-    bilitation to the state’s AIDS patients. Says
                                                             was founded 14 years ago as a nursing care       retroviral drugs, the disease ceased to be a      Broadway House president and CEO Jim
                                                             facility for people diagnosed with HIV/          death sentence and the facility’s focus shift-    Gonzalez (above), “The advancement in
                                                             AIDS. Housed in a “recycled” building in         ed towards comprehensive care and rehabil-        AIDS care and treatment, coupled with our
                                                             downtown Newark that was formerly a              itation. Its mission is to prepare its patients   approach of emphasizing dignity and
                                                             bank, it’s a comfortable, nurturing environ-     to return to their communities and live           respect, has defined us as an organization
                                                             ment for patients. New Jersey has been           productive lives. It offers skilled nursing       that cares about the health and well being
                                                             among the states suffering the greatest toll     care, social services, nutrition and sub-         of those we serve.”

20     UNIVERSITY OF MEDICINE & DENTISTRY OF NEW JERSEY
Old-Fashioned House Calls Are New Again
Physicians at SOM and RWJMS help homebound patients cope with unique health challenges through house call programs. The Home Visit Service
in New Brunswick accommodates patients with many medical issues, including Parkinson’s disease, dementia and congestive heart failure. In south
Jersey, John F. Bertagnolli, Jr., DO (left), devotes one and a half days a week to house calls. When it’s necessary, he can arrange for in-home x-rays,
physical and occupational therapy, wound care and other services. House call training is now required for all fourth-year SOM students.




Helping                                                          year grant from Merck.              “Diabetes is a great lens through which we can examine the
Diabetics                                                          “Initially we’ll be work-
in Camden                                                            ing with 10 primary             medical care we’re providing to low-income urban residents. If


P
         art of                                                      care practices to help
         UMDNJ’s                                                     them develop a com-             we can improve the care for diabetics, we believe we’ll be able
         mission is to                                             prehensive plan for dia-
help people live                                                  betes prevention and               to fix other aspects of healthcare as well.”                     —Jeffrey Brenner, MD

healthier lives—and                                             management,” explains
that begins with                                               Brenner. “We’ll also set up           gets hospital “super users”—individuals             education, improved healthcare access
improving access to                                           educational programs at com-           who frequently turn to hospital emergency           and collaboration—will enable us to make
healthcare and engag-                                         munity centers and provide             departments for primary care. “If these             a difference in the lives of these Camden
ing people to manage their                               primary care physicians with con-           patients won’t come to us, we’ll go to them,        residents.”
own health. One disease that requires care-      tinuing education on treating diabetes.” An         into their homes if necessary, to provide
ful management is diabetes, which afflicts       additional component of the program tar-            care,” says Brenner. “All of these efforts—
nearly 24 million adults in the U.S. These
figures are higher for minorities in under-
served communities, including Camden,                  Healthcare on Wheels
where diabetics made 48,000 visits to hos-
                                                       Barriers to healthcare frequently involve transportation— or the lack of it. When people can’t travel to get the treatment they need, UMDNJ’s
pital emergency departments in a
                                                                      mobile medical vans bring the care to them. SN’s mobile health clinic has had more than 2,300 primary care patient visits in
recent 5-year period.
                                                                                      Newark, Irvington and Elizabeth. Grants from the Children’s Health Fund (CHF), the federal Health Resources
   Jeffrey Brenner, MD, an                                                                       and Services Administration (HRSA), and the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey help support
instructor in the Department of                                                                   the van.
Family Medicine at RWJMS in                                                                        NJMS’s Mammography in Motion van provides mammography services to women throughout
Camden, heads an initiative to                                                                    Essex County. It’s equipped with a digital imaging system and staffed by a physician or physician
target that problem: the Camden                                                                   assistant and a technician. Radiologists interpret the mammograms for follow up by UMDNJ-
Citywide Diabetes Collaborative.                                                               NJMS University Hospital Cancer Center oncologists and surgeons.

It is funded by a $2 million, five-

                                                                                                                                                                    OUR COMMITMENT TO SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY   21
                                                        working for our

                                                           employees
                                                                 Off the Eaten Path                              are eating.” She’s made this happen by



                                                                 Y
                                                                           ikes. Data from the CDC-funded        offering healthy food choices that combine
                                                                           New Jersey Behavioral Risk Factor     good nutrition with a touch of whimsy.
                                                                           Surveillance System illustrate that   “Off the Eaten Path” serves a range of spe-
                                                                 half of all adults in the Garden State are      cialties from sushi to seasonal foods; “Once
                                                                 either overweight or obese, while thirty        Upon a Vine” presents a fresh fruit buffet
                                                                 percent are physically inactive. University     that is a feast for the eyes as well as the
                                                                 Hospital’s Department                                             palate; and Weight Watcher
                                                                 of Food and Nutrition                                              points are posted for the
                                                                 Services looked around the                                            various food stations.
                                                                 Newark campus, came to                                                 Perez is “passionate”
                                                                 about the same conclu-                                                 about an operation
                                                                 sion, and decided to take                                             that serves over 4,400
                                                                 action. After all,                                                            meals daily to
                                                                 UMDNJ is the state’s                                                           faculty, staff,
                                                                 network of academic                                               students and visitors, nour-
                                                                 medical centers and cer-                                     ishing, she hopes, the soul as
                                                                 tainly good health, like char-                              well as the body.
                                                                 ity, begins at home.                                               “I’m determined to make
                                                                    And that’s just where department direc-                 healthy eating fun,” she says, as
                                                                 tor Betty Perez, RD (left), started; her pro-   she describes their new “go green” menus
                                                                 fessional home for the last 27 years has        featuring locally grown produce or their
                                                                 been University Hospital. Awareness has         Cooking for Wellness demonstrations that
                                                                 changed over those years. “People are more      pair a registered dietitian and a chef for
                                                                 educated about food, “she explains. “They       what she terms “eatertainment”—whatever
                                                                 want the benefits of good health without        it takes to promote a healthier lifestyle.
                                                                 sacrificing their satisfaction with what they   And speaking of end results, Perez was rec-

22   UNIVERSITY OF MEDICINE & DENTISTRY OF NEW JERSEY
                                                 “Years ago, I decided to invest my time and training so that everyone on my team would be
                                                 good at what they do. I felt the dividends would be well worth it. And now, years later, it’s
                                                 still paying off. Investing in people is much more stable than the market these days, and it
                                                 pays long-term benefits.”              — Otis French, executive housekeeper




ognized this year with the prestigious Silver
                                                                                                              Helping employees up the rungs of the proverbial career
Plate award in the healthcare category from
the International Food Service                                                                                ladder is one goal of the Human Resources Office of Training and
Manufacturers Association for operational                                                                    Organizational Development. Last year 38 management and professional
excellence and industry achievement, an                                                                       development classes were offered, and 7,562 employees participated.
honor she treasures with her team.
                                                                                                                The most popular courses? Managing@UMDNJ and Managing
   Meanwhile, at the hospital, there were
other prizes to be won. Staffers, including                                                                     Performance. And for those looking for professional development:
emergency medical technician James Doran                                                                        Feedback with Finesse, TEAM Effectiveness, and Listening Skills.
(below), took the challenge to see who
            would be the biggest loser.
            Registered dietitians gave com-
             petitors customized weight-
                management tools, includ-           Learning on the Job
                  ing dietary recommenda-
                                                    As an institution that fosters learning, UMDNJ’s mission includes educating our own employ-
                   tions and physical activi-       ees. Personal and professional development of colleagues is high on the priority list. One way
                    ty and behavior modifi-         to reach employees is through campus-wide lectures. A recent one titled Bouncing Back from
                     cation tips. Participants      Adversity, given by Robin Eubanks, PhD (right), attracted a standing-room-only crowd. She’s
                       signed on for the six-       delivered this talk to multiple audiences in Newark, Stratford and Piscataway. “I speak about
                       week regimen. While          the power of motivation and resiliency, tailoring the talk to my audience,” she says. “If
                                                    they’re mostly academics, I present statistics. If it’s more of a lay group, I talk about dealing
                      the competition was
                                                    with the stresses of everyday life.” Eubanks, who is an associate professor in the Department
                  designed to be fun, the
                                                    of Interdisciplinary Studies at SHRP, delivers another blockbuster lecture to large crowds:
                 underlying message was             Discovering Burnout: Are You the One Holding the Match? “These are topics that resonate,
                that changing eating and            particularly in difficult times,” she says. Other lectures given through University Hospital’s
              exercise habits are essential in      lecture series have focused on violence prevention, recent trends in plastic surgery, cardiovas-
             eliminating obesity and pro-           cular disease and more.

               moting good health.

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                                                             “My wife and I both work on the Newark campus, and our son is enrolled in CCLC, the on-site child care
                                                             center. The learning environment is tremendous and I can’t overstate the convenience and the reassurance
                                                             that we are within walking distance if he needs us.”                 —Winston Watson, senior financial analyst, SHRP, with Winston, Jr., age 4




                                                             S.O.S.: Student Overboard                       general apathy. Fortunately, the professor      in the pressures of a health sciences educa-




                                                             T
                                                                              he professor couldn’t help     not only recognized the signs of a student      tion. The program offers sessions for facul-
                                                                              but notice that the second     in distress, but knew who to call: the          ty members to help them identify students
                                                                              year medical student sitting   Student Wellness Program.                       in trouble. And for students, it provides
                                                                              at the end of the third row       An initiative of the University’s            personal counseling and help when needed
                                                                              in the lecture hall was        Employee Assistance Program (EAP), this         to overcome the various obstacles to aca-
                                                             “somewhere else.” Over the last several         outreach project offers a life-line to stu-     demic success. Could it be test anxiety?
                                                             weeks, the student was obviously strug-         dents who might                                                             Family problems?
                                                             gling: lack of focus, poor test performance,    otherwise drown                                                             Suicidal thoughts?
                                                                                                                                                                                         Depression?
                                                                                                                                                                                            Approximately
                                                                                                                                                                                         300 students each
                                                                                                                                                                                         year take advan-
                                                                                                                                                                                         tage of the
                                                                                                                                                                                         Student Wellness
     Farmers’ Market Comes to the Newark Campus
                                                                                                                                                                                         Program to
     University faculty, staff and students had their pick
     of the freshest produce New Jersey has to offer,                                                                                                                                    resolve a variety
     thanks to the UMDNJ Farmers’ Market, launched on                                                                                                                                    of issues. EAP
     the Newark campus in June. It was sponsored by the
     University Hospital Auxiliary. Farmers from through-                                                                                                        falls under the University Behavioral
     out the state arrived on campus on alternate                                                                                                                HealthCare umbrella. “We embrace
     Tuesdays throughout the summer with a wide assort-
     ment of fruits and vegetables, freshly baked donuts                                                                                                         wellness in the broadest possible sense,”
     and pies, hanging baskets and flowers. “I see this                                                                                                          says Lee Rosati, MA, CEAP, SAP (left),
     Farmers’ Market as a marvelous step we're taking
     toward fostering healthy eating for our students and                                                                                                        director, Employee Assistance and
     staff, for hospital visitors and for the community at                                                                                                       Student Wellness, UBHC. “We’re here
     large,” said UMDNJ President William F. Owen, Jr.
                                                                                                                                                                 to help whenever and wherever we’re
     Above: Minnie Presley, president of the University
     Hospital Auxiliary, surveys the offerings.                                                                                                                  needed. As a university we have a spe-
                                                                                                                                                                 cial responsibility for our students.”

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                                                                                                                   quality, family-focused
                                                Children’s Creative Learning Centers (CCLC), which manages UMDNJ’s child care centers, offers

                                                childhood education at a substantial discount for University employees. Centers on the Newark and
                                                Piscataway campuses have a combined capacity of 295 children, from 6 weeks to school age.




                                                                                                   Workplace Watchdogs
                                                With his action, UMDNJ joined a growing            ER' GO NOM ICS: according to Webster, the science that adapts work or working condi-
                                                number of universities who value their             tions to suit the worker. And a six-person team in UMDNJ’s Environmental and
                                                communities enough to provide neutral              Occupational Health and Safety Services (EOHSS), a component of Emergency
                                                space for confidential discussions of serious      Management and Occupational Health and Safety (EMOHS), makes this its goal. The
                                                University-related issues.                         Department supports UMDNJ’s missions by protecting, encouraging, and enabling a safe,
                                                                                                   healthful, and resilient environment for the University and its community. “One of our
                                                   Faculty, staff and students now find a
                                                                                                   main objectives is to prevent injuries to our employees,” explains EOHSS director Renee
                                                safe haven where guidance on difficult
                                                                                                   Lyons, MPH, “by making sure that working conditions meet OSHA and other applicable
                                                work-related situations is available. The          guidelines, standards, and practices.”
                                                University Ombuds can help them decide
                                                                                                   In a typical year, more than 100 requests for workplace evaluations cross her desk; these
                                                the best course of action to take to resolve       include department requests to accommodate a disabled employee. Site visits are fol-
                                                a concern and help navigate sometimes                                                                          lowed by recommendations
                                                complex policies and procedures.                                                                               to solve specific problems: a
                                                   The new office is headed by Neil Schorr                                                                     telephone headset, a chair
                                                                                                                                                               with greater lumbar support,
                                                (left). “More than 68 percent of the con-
                                                                                                                                                               a computer monitor moved to
                                                cerns brought to my office so far involve
A Neutral Space for Confidential                relationships between peers or between
                                                                                                                                                               the left or right. Although
Discussions                                                                                                                                                    most people associate
                                                supervisors and subordinates or faculty and                                                                    ergonomic issues with com-




W
               hen President William F.         students,” he reports. “Many of the issues                                                                     puter workstations, just as
               Owen, Jr. announced the          are caused by poor communication.” And,                                                                        many problems arise among
               opening of the Office of the     of course, his office is a valuable resource                                                                   laboratory workers, those who
                                                                                                                                                               do lifting, and nurses. Lyons
University Ombuds this year, he took a          for all members of the University commu-
                                                                                                                                                               reports “great progress”
giant step closer to realizing one of his top   nity and serves as a voluntary and alternate
                                                                                                                                                               when safe patient handling
priorities: improving the quality of work       channel of communication that is infor-                                                                        techniques were addressed
life at UMDNJ. His particular goal was to       mal, confidential, neutral and independent.                                                                    at University Hospital and
create a culture where every member of the                                                                                                                     University Behavioral
University community could feel free to dis-                                                                                                                   HealthCare, for example.

cuss issues of great concern and sensitivity.

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                                                        improving lives through

                                                           discovery
                                                              Five UMDNJ Researchers Make the State’s Top 10 List
                                                              With more than 400,000 scientists and engineers working in the
                                                              state, it’s certainly meaningful that five of “New Jersey’s top 10
                                                              scientists”—from the list published by New Jersey Business in their
                                                              December 1, 2008 issue — are from UMDNJ. The decision was based
                                                              on the “impact their work has had on society at large.” Here is a look
                                                              at how their contributions give back to science, society and the state.


                                                              Over the past five years, JEFFREY B.         persin B causes the bacteria to release them-
                                                              KAPLAN, P H D, and his team have been        selves from surfaces and diffuse outward.
                                                              awarded over $2 million in NIH grants to     Contamination of medical devices costs the
                                                              study dispersin B, an enzyme they discov-    healthcare industry billions of dollars yearly.
                                                              ered. Kaplan was studying oral bacteria      Kaplan received a patent for his finding;
                                                              involved in severe periodontal disease,      and rights to commercialize the dispersin B
                                                              which produce a sticky biofilm. The scien-   technology have been purchased. Clinical
                                                              tists made a connection between this         trials to test it as a topical agent for wound
                                                              biofilm and Staphylococcus epidermidis, an   prevention will begin soon.
                                                              organism normally found on skin, which
                                                              contaminates catheters and other             FRED RUSSELL KRAMER, P H D, who has
                                                              indwelling medical devices with a biofilm,   researched nucleic acids for almost 40
                                                              frequently resulting in bloodstream infec-   years, is best known for co-inventing a
                                                              tions and death. They discovered that dis-   technology called molecular beacons, which

26   UNIVERSITY OF MEDICINE & DENTISTRY OF NEW JERSEY
     Jeffrey B. Kaplan, NJDS            Fred Russell Kramer, NJMS / PHRI         Stuart W. Peltz, RWJMS                 Sidney Pestka, RWJMS             Aaron J. Shatkin, RWJMS / CABM




is the basis for many highly sensitive diag-     “We are a large research university with eight schools on                                        Biomedical Laboratories, provides interfer-
nostic assays. Among them are tests for                                                                                                           ons and many other molecules and reagents
HIV, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus        five campuses. Our research runs the gamut from the most                                         to researchers worldwide.
aureus and for Streptococcus B, the bacteri-
um that produces meningitis. The technol-        basic discoveries to the translation of those discoveries into                                   AARON J. SHATKIN has done pioneering
ogy has been licensed to 45 companies and                                                                                                         research on the structure and function of
has generated millions of dollars in income.     better understanding, prevention and treatment of human                                          animal cells and viruses. His work, pub-
                                                                                                                                                  lished in more than 200 scientific papers,
STUART W. PELTZ, P H D, used his pivotal
                                                 disease, and we are dedicated to training and nurturing the                                      has provided new insights into HIV, viral
findings on the basic science of gene                                                                                                             illnesses and some cancers. He has been
                                                 researchers of the future.” —Kathleen W. Scotto, PhD, vice president of research
expression to co-found PTC Therapeutics,                                                                                                          elected to the National Academy of
a biopharmaceutical company that discov-                                                                                                          Sciences and received the Academy’s
ers and develops small molecule drugs to                                                                                                          Molecular Biology Award, as well as the
treat areas of high unmet medical need           and advanced solid tumors. PTC has                has published more than 400 scientific         Association of American Medical Colleges
with a particular focus on genetic disorders,    proven to be a successful biotech model as        publications that include a variety of dis-    (AAMC) Award for Distinguished Research
oncology and infectious diseases. Ataluren       it is well capitalized through non-dilutive       coveries. For the past five years, he has      in the Biomedical Sciences. As the found-
is currently in clinical trials for nonsense     collaborations, grants and contracts with         received an NIH-NIAID Program Project          ing and long-time director of the Center
mutation cystic fibrosis (nmCF) and non-         government agencies.                              grant of over $8 million (one of the largest   for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine
sense mutation Duchenne and Becker mus-                                                            UMDNJ grants) that was shared with four        (CABM), a joint UMDNJ-Rutgers ven-
cular dystrophy (nmDMD/nmBMD), and               SIDNEY PESTKA, MD, is recognized inter-           of his associates. He has received many        ture, he has mentored many young scien-
has been described as one of the first thera-    nationally for his development of the inter-      awards, including the Harvard University       tists and built a world-class research insti-
pies that may be able to address the under-      ferons and the discovery of their many            Warren Alpert Prize, the Lemelson-MIT          tute for the state. He was recently awarded
lying cause of nonsense mutation genetic         uses. Interferons are currently used to treat     Lifetime Achievement Award, and the pres-      the first Edward J. Ill Excellence in
disorders. PTC299 is in clinical studies for     an array of viral diseases, some cancers and      tigious National Medal of Technology, pre-     Medicine Award for Basic Biomedical
patients with metastatic breast cancer,          other maladies, among them chronic hepa-          sented at the White House. He holds more       Research for his “significant contributions
Kaposi sarcoma, neurofibromatosis type 2         titis B and C, and multiple sclerosis. Pestka     than 100 patents, and his company, PBL         to his field and society in general ….”

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                                                        Below (left to right): Patricia Murphy, RN, PhD, palliative care specialist, University Hospital; Promila Banerjee, MD,
                                                        gastroenterologist, SOM; Carman Ciervo, DO, associate professor and chair, family medicine, SOM; Rosa Chaviano-
                                                        Moran, DMD, director of multicultural affairs, NJDS; Aniel Leake, housekeeping supervisor; Adarsh K. Gupta, DO, MS,
                                                        director of the weight management program at SOM; Laura Giusto, student, RWJMS.

                                                        On the back cover (left to right): Linda Groce, senior generalist, human resources; Patrick Anicette, SHRP student;
                                                        Nancy Hamstra, EMS director; Scott Kachlany, PhD, associate professor, oral biology, NJDS; Bernadette West, PhD,
                                                        assistant dean, SPH; Samuel Rodriguez, public safety officer; Lacretia Caldwell, special assistant to the executive vice
                                                        president for academic and clinical affairs; Michele Fisher, media relations specialist, CINJ; Edmund Lattime, PhD,
                                                        professor, surgery, RWJMS and CINJ; Kiron Das, MD, PhD, professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Gastro-
                                                        enterology and Hepatology at RWJMS; Julia Cintron, student, NJDS; Bob McBride, manager, educational media, SOM.




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The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ),
the state’s university of the health sciences, is dedicated to
the pursuit of excellence in: the undergraduate, graduate,
post-graduate and continuing education of health profes-
sionals and scientists; the conduct of biomedical, psycho-
social, clinical and public health research; health promotion,
disease prevention and the delivery of health care; and service
to our communities and the entire state. Providing educational,
research and service programs at campuses in Camden, New
Brunswick / Piscataway, Newark, Scotch Plains and Stratford, in
communities throughout the state, and nationally and inter-
nationally through advanced communication and information
technologies, UMDNJ seeks to meet the needs of our diverse
constituencies and improve the health and quality of life of the
citizens of New Jersey and society at large.
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