Trenton Health Team in 2019 began providing free health screenings in community locations throughout the city, such as senior housing, barber shops, and houses of worship.
THT staff, partnering with local organizations and nursing students, visit neighborhoods to check blood pressure, body mass index (BMI), and diabetes risk (A1c) and provide referrals for cancer screening.
THT staff also survey residents about non-medical needs affecting health, such as access to healthy food, housing conditions, homelessness, and income insecurity, and connect clients to services that can help meet those needs.
For residents without a primary care physician, health screenings provide information and referrals that can save lives, improve outcomes, and prevent serious conditions from developing. THT’s Community Health Navigator works with screening participants to find health and social services and ensure that they receive those services.
This comprehensive approach is possible due to support from Novo Nordisk Foundation, Janssen Foundation, Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation, ScreenNJ and New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection program NJCEED.