In The News

01/23/2019

Community Health Services Brought to Campus

From left: Dr. S. Aisha Steplight Johnson, Levy Daniels, and Jamil Graham, Assistant Director of Student Life

Newark Department of Health and Community Wellness Outreach Coordinator Levy Daniels stood aside the long table filled with health and referral information, smiling as students walked by and picked up one of the many available flyers.

”The important thing is that they receive the necessary health care information,” said Mr. Daniels during the Department’s January 17 visit to the College’s Newark campus. He and his staff work out of the Mary Eliza Mahoney Health Center.

“I’m here at Essex County College almost every month, even if it’s just to pass out information,” he said.

On this particular January day, a van was set up outside to provide Rapid HIV screenings, a confidential test that takes no more than 20 minutes to complete. Inside the mobile health unit screenings were also done for blood pressure and blood glucose readings.  Inside, on the 2nd Floor Forum, there was distribution of pertinent information on medical services, appointments and insurance. Sixteen students received the available screenings and many more took the brochures and spoke with the outreach team.     

The outreach program was arranged through the College’s Student Development and Career Services, and Student Life & Activities Office.

Dr. S. Aisha Steplight Johnson, director of Student Development and Career Services, said, “We are pleased that the Newark Department of Health and Community Wellness reached out to us and has been coming monthly since October. In a variety of ways such as providing outreach on campus, bringing their mobile unit to campus and offering additional medical services at their University Avenue location, they are helping our students to take care of their health.”