Revitalizing Education & Advancing Camden's Health

The REACH Process

Project REACH (Revitalizing Education & Advancing Camden’s Health) is a program started by two first year medical students at University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). Through an integrated, multi-disciplinary approach, REACH focuses on the health education and community activism sectors for the Camden youth. The primary objectives are:

  • To facilitate interactive, problem-based learning (PBL) modules to teach preventative health seminars to Camden middle school students
  • To train and prepare the youth for service projects via unique REACH Project Management workshops
  • To implement youth-initiated community health service projects.

The strategically designed problem-based learning modules consist of Question and Answer booklets following the leading health indicators outlined in Healthy People 2010: Physical Activity, Obesity, Tobacco, Substance Abuse, Responsible Sexual Behavior, Mental Health, Injury and Violence, Environmental Quality, Immunization, and Access to Health Care. The REACH PBL modules equips children the skills necessary to identify health issues in their own community and create service projects to resolve those needs. With unique Project Management workshops designed at an age-appropriate level, REACH not only educates the students of the health issues, but also train them to initiate, organize, troubleshoot, and execute projects as well. Most importantly, the modules empower students to take control of their personal health, as well as the health of their community.

In 2009-2010, REACH will be working with students from East Camden Middle School (ECMS) in Camden City, New Jersey. We hope to expand this public medical school-middle school collaboration in the upcoming years.