On the Newark campus of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, a health clinic run by medical students has been changing lives—and no doubt saving them—for more than 50 years. The Student Family Health Care Center serves the severely underserved: city residents who might otherwise be unable to access health care.
The clinic’s mission remains steadfastly aligned with its original charge. It was created following the 1967 Newark Rebellion, one of hundreds of uprisings across the nation during that era that were rooted in simmering frustration over the persistence of oppressive racial inequalities. To help improve conditions for the people of Newark, students at New Jersey Medical School (then the New Jersey College of Medicine and Dentistry) founded the clinic. To read the full story.