Community Classroom

Community Classroom are IFH organized educational workshops, programs, and educational materials that share information about various health topics. We have delivered presentations on nutrition, COVID-19 vaccine safety and efficacy, mental health and aging, etc. We can also create content on demand based on a variety of health topics.

“This is the first time in my years running the program that I have multiple people calling up even days later to say how much they benefited from the presentation and how much they enjoyed it.”

– community organization program coordinator

Are you interested in having IFH staff at your event to provide health information?
Are you interested in having IFH staff at your event to provide health information?

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Community Health Services
  • We partner with churches, libraries, farmers markets and other organizations to provide health screenings in the community and in our New Brunswick community space upon request and availability. All events are free to the public and no insurance or ID is needed.
    • Chronic Disease (lipids, HbA1c, Blood pressure)
      • Screening for cholesterol and triglycerides levels
      • Screening for HbA1c levels
      • Screening for blood pressure
    • Nutrition education
      • Nutritionist/Dietitian led result interpretation/planning
Community Research Collaboratives
  • As part of our work to engage diverse communities, we host several collaborative groups that meet on a regular basis to advise and plan out community outreach programming and develop ways to share health information with communities. 
  • Engaging community groups in the research process provides direction for our work and is key to ensuring our research is informed by the community and responsive to community needs. 
  • To learn more about community engaged research visit [insert link] 
    • NJMAC 
      • The New Jersey Minority Aging Collaborative is a unique NIH grant-funded program in partnership with organizations that serve older minority adults to create a knowledge exchange and collaboration to both increase research participation and connect minority older adults to health resources. 
      • Partners include: Community Health Promotions, New Brunswick Tomorrow and Trenton Health Team. 
    • Asian Health Collaborative 
      • The Asian Health Collaborative consists of partners who work to promote well-being and improve health quality for Asian communities of all ethnicities. This collaborative meets bi-monthly and serves as a platform for members to: increase the visibility of their work across professional sectors, receive feedback on specific cultural considerations, and provide opportunities to build mutual benefits cross the state. 
      • Asian Health Collaborative in action - Click to view Hate & Harm Webinar:  
      • Real Talk on Race Series: Asian Pacific American Heritage Month:  
    • Seniors and Research 
      • Seniors and Research is a diverse group of referred community members of ages 55 and over who live in the Greater New Brunswick Area, and people who work with them. The group meets monthly to plan special public events for seniors and provides networking opportunities and resources to support their health. All members work together to encourage research participation to support healthy aging. 
      • Seniors and Research in action: (add photos of events with captions) 
      • Coming Soon... Senior Day in Spring 2022.  
    • Regional Community Advisory Board 
      • Our Regional Community Advisory Boards are currently recruiting members. We are seeking individuals who are identified as community organizers, advocates and/or leaders to serve on one of three Regional Community Advisory Boards (Northern, Central, and Southern New Jersey). Our boards meet quarterly and are instrumental in supporting community outreach and recruitment efforts to support research initiatives that aim to improve health and well-being and address disparities in NJ populations. If you or someone you know is interested in joining our boards, please complete this form. ( 
      • Northern RCAB Members Include:  
      • Central RCAB Members Include:  
      • Southern RCAB Members Include:  

IFH Builds

IFH Builds is the Institute’s effort to support and build community in partnership with organizations that share our mission of improving population health.

We currently have several active projects within IFH Builds and in the coming months, we hope to expand and be able to offer tailored organizational support to our community partners. We welcome the opportunity to partner with new organizations. If your organization is interested and wants to learn more, please email

IFH can help you BUILD…. Community, Capacity, Health, Development, Resources, Training, Trust, Sustainability... and more… through a variety of ways:  

Community-Academic Partnerships award program  

The annual awards aim to connect community organizations with Rutgers faculty to study important population health issues, build research infra-structure, and support research translation. We strive for these partnerships to further support knowledge exchange between the community and researchers while ensuring communities are empowered with information to improve health. 

  • 2021 Awardees
    • Lasos Unidos
    • Sai Detta– This project worked to address healthcare disparities in the South Asian community and build a community understanding of clinical research.

Community Health Data Tool

We have created an online database for use by community organizations to better understand the health needs of their community, as well as to provide background for grant applications.
Check it out here:

HealthEASE training 

We have partnered with the NJ Department of Human Services, Division of Aging Services, to offer the HealthEASE training. This training was designed to promote health among older adults.

Office of Resilience

Adverse Childhood Events Training 

IIn partnership with the New Jersey Office of Resilience and CUMAC in Paterson, NJ, we will conduct training on adverse childhood experiences ACEs Interface. The initiative aims to build a common language and understanding of ACEs across sectors. We will start to offer this presentation early next year.

Office of Resilience

Coming Soon….

Professional development - providing support for community-based organizations via free professional development training.
  • Grant writing support: education on the grant writing process and the ideal proposal structure for NIH and other health-related grants
  • Technical assistance: upon request and availability, we can provide data analysis support for a specific project or grant application.