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Rutgers/LEAP Health and Wellness Center

Building healthier  communities one child  and family at a time!

The Rutgers/LEAP Health and Wellness Center provides comprehensive health and wellness services to the children and families who attend the LEAP Academy and the surrounding community. The Center is located at LEAP's primary school with the goal to enhance the health and educational success of students through holistic care when they need it most. The LEAP Academy has partnered with Rutgers University, Camden, School of Nursing, and is staffed by two doctoral faculty who are nationally-certified Family Nurse Practitioners. Both daytime and evening hours are available to ensure that the Center is accessible to all.


HOLISTIC HEALTH CARE SERVICES OFFERED:

The Center offers health and wellness services with an emphasis upon health promotion, disease prevention and early diagnosis and treatment of chronic problems.

  • Physical exams for all ages (work, school and sports physicals)
  • Well child visits
  • Pregnancy tests
  • Immunizations
  • Laboratory studies/blood work
  • Health education
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Asthma and allergy treatment
  • Diabetes and hypertension treatment
  • Smoking cessation counseling
  • Referrals to Specialists

WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT THE RUTGERS/LEAP HEALTH AND WELLNESS CENTER?
Emphasis is placed upon health promotion and disease prevention. If we can identify and treat individuals at risk for chronic diseases before they get sick, the quality and length of their life can increase. Each person who adopts a healthier lifestyle can influence others, and eventually an entire community can become healthier.

COMMUNITY-CENTERED HOLISTIC CARE
We don't just treat medical problems, we treat people. Each individual is seen within the context of their family, school and community. We examine how stress and the environment (such as air pollution) contribute to illness, and then treat each individual in their given situation.


FOCUS UPON THE ROOT CAUSES OF ILLNESS

In addition to using medication, we try to find ways to treat the underlying causes of illness. In many cases, healthy lifestyle changes work better than medicine alone. We use nutrition, exercise, stress management and counseling as part of our treatment.


HEALTH TEAMS WORKING WITH FAMILIES IN THE COMMUNITY
Our care is multidisciplinary as we work in teams to include nurse practitioners, nutritionists, physicians, therapists, counselors and school personnel as needed. We may also treat the family as a whole, so together, you can become healthier together. Our care is confidential and each health team member will be included only with the permission of the individuals and families in our care.



STAFF

Nancy Pontes, PhD., RN, APN, FNP-BC, DRCC, Director, Rutgers/LEAP Health and
Wellness Center
nancy.pontes@camden.rutgers.edu

Rahshida Atkins, PhD., RN, APN, FNP-BC
Nurse Practitioner, Rutgers/LEAP Health and Wellness Center
rlatkins@camden.rutgers.edu