The Eric B. Chandler Health Center is a comprehensive, family-oriented community health center, jointly operated by the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Eric B. Chandler Community Board, Inc.
The Center, opened in October 1987, is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Eric B. Chandler, an active and respected community leader recognized for his work in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and a member of the Board of Directors of the Urban League of Greater New Brunswick.
Primary care services available at Chandler include: family medicine; internal medicine; infectious disease (HIV counseling, testing, and treatment); pediatrics (including EPSDT and child well-care); obstetrics and gynecology; podiatry; family planning; and dentistry (including preventive, restoration, and curative). Other services of the center include social services, community outreach, nutrition, and health education. Laboratory services are offered as well.
Services of the center are provided by appointment. A variety of insurances are accepted including Medicaid, Medicare, and various types of managed care and private insurance plans. The center also offers a sliding fee scale, which is updated annually based upon the Federal Poverty guidelines. The Eric B. Chandler Health Center provides a telephone on-call rotation of physicians available 24 hours a day.
Eric B. Chandler Health Center, which is part of Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, is a learning site for many types of health profession students. These students are the nurses, doctors, pharmacists, dentists and social workers of the future. The health center welcomes these students for their interest in serving the community, their enthusiasm to help patients and their compassion. At all times, if a student is going to participate in a visit, the student will introduce themselves as a student and tell the patient the name of the supervising provider. Ultimately, the health center is here to serve the patients and the community. Any patient that is not comfortable with a student participating in their care should let a staff member know.
March Health Spotlight
Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month - March 2018
What is Colorectal Cancer?
· Colorectal cancer is cancer of the colon or rectum.
Why is Screening for Colorectal Cancer Important?
· Colorectal cancer affects people in all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people age 50 and older.
· Colorectal cancer is the third most frequently diagnosed cancer in both men and women in the United States. This year, more than 135,000 people will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer and more than 50,200 will die of the disease.
· Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States.
The Good News:
· 6 out of 10 deaths from colorectal cancer could be prevented with regular screening.
'It can catch cancer before it becomes hopeless': How a colonoscopy saved one woman from a potentially fatal diagnosis http://fxn.ws/1FfvtUb
· Early detection can help save lives.
Simple Cancer Screening Could Save Thousands of Lives http://bit.ly/1O0aKHy
More Screening Could Cut Annual Colon Cancer Deaths by 21,000: Study http://po.st/FpdkPM
The Bad News:
· Nearly one-third of adults ages 50 to 75 aren't getting screened as recommended.
Colorectal Cancer Screening Campaign:
Screen for Life: National Colorectal Cancer Action Campaign is a multiyear, multimedia Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) initiative to increase screening among people aged 50 years and older.
· The goal is to educates and informs men and women aged 50 and older, the age group at greatest risk of developing colorectal cancer,
about the importance of regular colorectal cancer screening.
Watch new Screen for Life PSAs: https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/colorectal/sfl/psa.htm