Global Health | Social impact and community investment

Global health begins within our borders. As our world becomes increasingly connected, no institution or community is an island unto itself. Our local communities are made up of multi-ethnic and multi-cultural citizens and their families and peers who connect us to communities abroad. Achieving health equity for all is a guiding priority and core value that we share with our community partners near and far. RWJBarnabas Health seeks to advance its mission of creating health equity “glocally” – both globally and locally in a coordinated measure.

“Our local communities are made up of multi-ethnic and multi-cultural citizens, as well as their families and peers, which connects us to communities overseas. »

RWJBarnabas Health and Rutgers University are working together to improve research and education for health and medical professionals, address health care inequities, and eliminate health disparities in New Jersey and across targeted global communities. We advocate for holistic, multi-agency approaches to global health issues by leveraging our diverse professional backgrounds to enhance education and training, support and implement research, build strategic partnerships and initiatives, and increase visibility and the impact of global health work through RWJBarnabas Health.

RWJBarnabas Health’s vision for global health is a world where the health and well-being of all are secured through equitable, inclusive and sustainable services, policies and investments. RWJBH global health strives to improve the health of the most vulnerable communities locally and globally. Through an academic partnership with the Rutgers Global Health Institute, we advance collaborative research with national and international partners, build community-driven partnerships, and expand global health education to eliminate health disparities and promote health equity for all. We use the power of our collective voice to improve global health and well-being through informed services, policies and investments. The practice of global health:

  • Oversees the system’s global health outreach efforts, which include response to international and domestic disasters.
  • Spearheads professional development for system physicians and clinicians interested in participating in global health initiatives.
  • Collaborates with national and international global health programs in universities, NGOs, government agencies and private foundations.
  • Facilitates operational research by RWJBH and RBHS on health programs in vulnerable communities in the United States and in targeted regions of the world.
  • Creates opportunities for mutual knowledge exchange between clinicians and allied personnel in regions targeted for research.
  • Leads the identification of new scholarly questions that contribute to scholarly knowledge on global health topics.
  • Serves as a convener and catalyst between clinicians, non-clinicians, trainees, and administrators for interdisciplinary dialogues on emerging global health issues.
  • Provide employees with opportunities to use their skills and interests to improve the health, well-being and quality of life of the communities they serve.


Develop an integrated, system-wide global health operational infrastructure.

The system must have the operational infrastructure to support its global health work. Therefore, the practice establishes the structure, philanthropic funding, and operational supports necessary to ensure the capacity to advance the global health mission.

  1. Manage the RBHS/RWJBH Global Health Task Force focused on disasters, community health and resilience as evidenced in system-wide capabilities to respond to global health priorities and global health operations effective.
  2. Create active interdisciplinary global health clinical councils at each RWJBH facility to determine global health priorities and help implement a framework for each facility, as evidenced by the number of active councils.
  3. Design and implement a global health development plan (fundraising) to support the long-term research mission of the practice, as evidenced by dedicated funding for global health initiatives.

    • Cultivate funders interested in global health and develop proposals seeking support from external foundations.
    • Create social impact scholarships at each facility for residents to participate in global health activities.


Foster community resilience and disaster preparedness in targeted global communities. Community resilience is a public health approach to preparing for and responding to public health emergencies based on considerations of equity and social justice.

As Global Health continues its efforts related to disaster relief and recovery, it is also focusing its attention on resilience and preparedness, with the goal of building healthy, equitable, and sustainable communities in both New Jersey. and around the world. Mental health and addiction are of particular concern and the promotion, protection and restoration of mental health can be seen as an essential foundation for the psychosocial resilience of individuals, communities and societies across the world.

  1. Provide outreach services to a community in Puerto Rico that focuses on training programs that address mental health and psychological first aid and trauma-informed care leveraging different delivery methods including in-person or through telepsychology and smartphone-based emergency applications supported by solar power to power units in target communities, in collaboration with key partners including Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care, School of Social Work Rutgers University Graduate School of Applied Science, Rutgers University School of Public Affairs and Administration, and local mental health care providers.

    • Provide technical assistance for the expansion of the volunteer community-run feeding program in Las Carolinas modeled after Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center’s Meals on Wheels program.
  2. Using the Dominican Republic as a proof-of-concept community, understand how collaborative care models can be implemented in low-resource settings to inform RWJBH care delivery in similarly situated New Jersey communities and devoid of resources.

    • Implement a two-week pilot project, in the community of Moca, to co-design initiatives to better integrate care for resource-strapped local residents with chronic physical and behavioral health needs, in partnership with clinicians, students, and faculty from Pontifica Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM), volunteer clinicians from RWJBH, students and faculty from RWJ Medical School, doctoral students from Rutgers Graduate School of Professional Psychology, and faculty from Rutgers University.
  3. Participate in a research study funded by Rutgers University titled “Capacity Building for Integrated Mental Care in the Dominican Republic”.

Global Health


Develop a qualified global health practice capable of responding to national and international disasters by establishing criteria for RWJBH’s global disaster and recovery designation and response, as evidenced by the number of medical supplies and equipment donated to medical assignments; amount of pharmaceuticals donated to medical missions; improvement of relations with national and international partners.

Creating protocols for the system’s designation of “sanctioned missions” will help the system respond quickly to various requests for global health missions, both locally and globally. Global Health will also develop resources for RWJBH employees and affiliates who seek to engage in global health initiatives outside of the SICI practice.

  1. Create an RWJBH policy for “sanctioned” assignments.
  2. Develop policies and procedures for the procurement of medical supplies/equipment for medical mission outreach through partnerships with Medshare.
  3. Develop pharmaceutical procurement policies and procedures for medical mission outreach through partnerships with MAP International and Dispensary of Hope.
  4. Advocate for sound federal and state policies to remove barriers to international giving.

Jill E. Washington