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The Seton Center for Community Health (SCCH) was established in the Fall of 2004 as an academic resource for collaboration, learning and research that will enhance the quality of life for individuals and communities in need. The Center is part of Seton Hall University and located in the Department of Political Science and Public Affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences. SCCH provides technical assistance and scholarship to community agencies focused on improving the health status of New Jersey residents. 

The SCCH follows a partnership approach that facilitates linkages with community stakeholders, nonprofit leaders and healthcare providers. The Center serves as a catalyst and a central organization to aid health partners and agencies in 

  • developing strategic plans that align goals and outcomes,
  • seeking and developing grants, and 
  • completing evaluations that demonstrate success for current awards and future funding. 
Project partners negotiate nominal fees to help maintain the Center's collaborative mission. Additional support for SCCH is provided through grants. 

The Center builds on an already established practice of encouraging Master of Healthcare Administration (M.H.A.) and Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) students enrolled in capstone courses to continue their community service learning. Graduate students gain experiential knowledge and obtain course credit as they help complete SCCH projects under the supervision of the Center's Director. The Center fulfills Seton Hall University's mission of preparing students to be servant leaders who make a difference in the world and in their local communities. 

Anne M. Hewitt, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Affairs serves as the Director of the Center. She is a national Community-Campus Partnership for Health Fellow and currently provides community assistance for various nonprofit, public and faith-based organizations. She serves on several local and state non-profit organization boards and is co-editor of a recent publication focusing on civic engagement and health administration and recently presented at a White House Conference on Faith and Committee Based initiatives. 

For additional information about the Seton Center for Community Health or to contact the Director, please call (973) 275-2070 or e-mail Dr. Anne M. Hewitt at

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