Legacy of Service Inspires South Jersey Projects

Darren Spielman and Sarah Allred of the Rand Institute for Public Affairs

From providing breast cancer screening to women with severe mental illness, to opioid treatment and prevention in Ocean and Camden counties, to assessing health needs and advocating for affordable housing across the region, to many more projects, the Senator Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs at Rutgers–Camden is driving progress in many South Jersey communities.

Senator Walter Rand

Founded in 2000 and named for New Jersey State Senator Walter Rand, an influential legislator from Camden who served in Trenton from 1975 until his death in 1995, the institute takes on projects in three primary focus areas: community and organizational development, criminal justice and public safety, and population health and wellness. Staff and faculty supported by the Rand Institute research, collect, and analyze data and translate the findings for a broad range of stakeholders. “We think of fulfilling our core mission as a land-grant university by getting data into the hands of people who need it and helping them use it,” said Sarah Allred, an associate professor of psychology who is faculty director for the Rand Institute.

For more information about the Senator Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs, visit rand.camden.rutgers.edu.

Posted in: 2019 Fall, Features

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