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    The following health professional programs are recipients of 2006-2007 grants designed to engage health professional students in service-learning, community service or civic engagement opportunities on their respective campuses.  As of Spring 2007, the center has granted more than $25,000 to the following university partners:

    Clayton State University


    Clayton State University, Department of Dental Hygiene supports service-learning through its Community Dental Health course for graduating seniors.  This course focuses on the study of dental health as a community problem, with emphasis on theory and practice of dental public health and preventive dentistry and the role of the dental hygienist in promoting dental health.  Cohorts of six student teams are placed at various health agencies (i.e., senior centers, domestic violence facilites, clinics) and partner with the staff to plan, implement and evaluate dental health promotion projects.  As of Spring 2007, more than 472 underserved children and adults had been served.

    Norfolk State University


    Norfolk State University, School of Nursing is integrating service-learning into two of its existing nursing courses:  Contemporary Topics in Nursing and Community Health Nursing. Both courses incorporate a faith-based, service-learning initiative whereby students plan and implement workshops targeting faith-based organizations in Norfolk, Va., that address mental health issues.

    Robert Wood Johnson Medical School


    UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School has developed a new initiative called Distinction in Service to Community (DISC) to support extracurricular student-initiated, community-based health projects. Seven teams of students (18 students spanning MSI-IV years), guided by faculty and community mentors, are awarded grants of up to $500 per team to work with community organizations in implementing education projects. The 3-month pilot projects focused on fitness and nutrition, diabetes, asthma, and domestic violence and took place in middle and high school after-school programs, senior centers and federally qualified health centers.

     

    Mount Sinai School of Medicine


    Mount Sinai School of Medicine has a four-week, third-year Family Medicine Clerkship where student teams have traditionally conducted theoretical Community Health Assessment projects. The project underwent a redesign in order to give the students more concrete experience working within the community and, at the same time, provide service to the community. Our goal is to help students better understand the inter-relationship between individual and community health and to work within a COPC model. The projects will allow students to see health concerns from the community's perspective, as well as through health policy analysis lenses; to better understand influences of cultural differences when planning health interventions; and develop negotiating and collaborative skills for lifelong learning and work with diverse populations.

     

    Morehouse School of Medicine


    The MSM Department of Pediatrics has incorporated service-learning into its third Pediatrics clerkship, in partnership with Sheltering Arms, metro Atlanta's oldest nonprofit early education and family center.  During the required third-year clerkship in Pediatrics, students have two weeks in which they rotate through various subspecialty and other clinics as part of the eight-week course. Once a week, students perform developmental screening tests, refer the children to early intervention, based on these tests, and deliver requested presentations by staff and parents. Specific developmental screening tests will be selected by the Pediatrics faculty, with the input of the day care centers, and will teach medical students developmental milestones and facilitate entrance into early intervention programs.