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Volunteer Spotlight: Howard Rappoport, DDS

Howard Rappoport, DDS, knew dentistry was his calling by the time he was eight years old. His family dentist, Dr. Eisenberg, made the career look like a wonderful way to work with and help people. Besides, it was an interesting application of Rappoport’s artistic inclination that included a love for drawing and model making. Little did he know that this childhood aspiration would one day lead him to a fulfilling...

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What Health Care Should Be Like: Zufall in the New York Times, 1992

In a world in which going to the doctor can be difficult or scary, especially for people with limited resources, Zufall Health has long represented what health care should be like: compassionate, community-oriented, and available to everyone. Zufall started as a small, volunteer-powered clinic inside St. John’s Episcopal Church in Dover. Here, founders Robert Zufall, MD (“Dr. Bob”), and his wife, Kathryn (“Kay”) created a space where underserved people and families,...

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Why and How to Support Access to Health Care in Northern and Central New Jersey

“Growing up in a poor household, [my family and I] were given many opportunities and assistance. So, I believe that the success that my family has had, the opportunities that we’ve had, everyone deserves those.” So says former Zufall Health president and chief executive officer Eva Turbiner, who retired in February 2023, in a recent episode of the Community Foundation of New Jersey (CFNJ) podcast "Jersey Gives a Damn.” The daughter of...

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The Power of Community Outreach: Laura Eirich’s Zufall Health AmeriCorps Story

Laura Eirich, MPH, oversees the Office of Community Health Workers at the Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH). Community health workers (CHWs) — nonclinical health care professionals who provide health education, resources, and connection to health services — are a critical part of the U.S. public health system, bridging gaps between health care providers and underserved communities. Eirich, who earned a dual bachelor’s degree in public health and psychology from Carroll...

What We Can Learn from Dr. Bob’s 1991 Letter in the Journal of the American Medical Association

In 1991, Zufall Health—then known as the Dover Community Clinic—was a new organization with limited resources. Urologist Robert Zufall, M.D. (“Dr. Bob”), and his wife and medical business assistant, Kathryn (“Kay”), founded the small, one-night-a-week clinic after retiring from their nearby private practice. The same year, Dr. Bob wrote about the Dover Community Clinic in a letter to the editor of the Journal of the American Medication Association (JAMA), a highly...

No Wrong Path to Public Health: Marina Pieretti’s Zufall AmeriCorps Story

When Marina Pieretti, MPH, completed her bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Hispanic cultures with a minor in film at Barnard College, Columbia University in 2013, she had never considered working in public health. In fact, at that time, Pieretti was eager to begin a career in film. An aspiring dirctor, Pieretti’s first postgraduate job was as a production assistant with the TriBeCa Film Festival. She spent about a year in this...

Zufall Health’s AmeriCorps Program Adds Public Health Cohort

Zufall Health is excited to welcome its first-ever class of Public Health AmeriCorps members in July. During their 11-month term, these 10 individuals will provide health education and training, conduct community outreach and engagement, and work to improve access to health care. Members’ focus areas will include: health equity and the social determinants of health; COVID testing and vaccination support; access to services and reducing barriers to care; nutrition and...

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El programa de residencia dental apoyado por HRSA comenzará en Zufall-Hackettstown en el 2024

Zufall Health se siente enorgullecido de ser la primera y única clínica médica en Nueva Jersey en recibir una subvención de planificación y desarrollo para centros de enseñanza de salud de la Administración de Recursos y Servicios de Salud (HRSA). La agencia del Departamento de Salud y Servicios de los E.E.U.U. que mejor favorece el acceso a la asistencia médica para las poblaciones de bajos recursos médicos. Esta subvención apoyará...

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HRSA-Supported Dental Residency Program to Begin at Zufall-Hackettstown in 2024

Zufall Health is proud to be the first and only health center in New Jersey to receive a Teaching Health Center Planning and Development grant from the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA), the agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Services that improves access to health care for medically vulnerably populations. The grant will support the development of a new accredited general dental residency program in Zufall’s Hackettstown...

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Zufall Health Recognizes Dedicated Volunteers

Lori Jarvis, M.D., Named 2020 Zufall Volunteer of the Year Somerville, NJ – In commemoration of National Volunteer Month, Zufall Health recognized 100 volunteers who donate their time, talents, and energy to provide a wide range of supportive services to the health center. Zufall paid special tribute to 2020 Volunteer of the Year Lori Jarvis, M.D., whose medical skill and compassion helped Zufall successfully conduct many mobile community health clinics and vaccination...