The Homeless and Indigent Population Health Outreach Project’s (HIPHOP) mission is to build strong doctors and communities. HIPHOP accomplishes this goal by fostering relationships between medical students and the local community, giving healthcare professional students opportunities to empower their future patients while creating a lasting impact on the health of the Greater New Brunswick area. Through this program, students provide community outreach, health promotion, preventive education, and clinical services to indigent and under-served communities. HIPHOP provides students with unique service-learning opportunities such as taking blood pressure screenings at local health fairs and churches, teaching educational workshops on preventive medicine at community based organizations such as the New Hope Foundation-Open Doors, serving food at Elijah’s Promise Soup Kitchen, supporting physicians and providing primary care to clients at Eric B. Chandler Health Center, and numerous others. Through integrated programs and various volunteer opportunities, HIPHOP helps make community service a part of the medical school experience and fosters a culture of humanism that continues beyond the time here at RWJMS.
The Homeless and Indigent Population Health Outreach Project was established in 1992 as the community service arm of the American Medical Student Association at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS). Jamie Reedy and Jeff Brenner, two medical students in the Class of 1995, initiated the project in response to the pressing health needs of the Greater New Brunswick area and the lack of opportunities for students to engage in community service. HIPHOP currently receives financial support from RWJMS Dean’s Office fundraising and private donations. Recently, HIPHOP has evolved into an umbrella program with to three major initiatives: Community Health Initiative (CHI), Local Interdisciplinary Care Collaborative (LINC) and Promise Clinic.