The Service-Learning Course Grants Program works to support new and developing service-learning courses that address community needs and have the potential for a long-term, sustainable impact on their communities. Courses supported by these grants are selected by experienced service-learning faculty and exemplify innovative ways to make service an essential part of an academic curriculum. We are pleased to share that through the support of the Office of Outreach and Engagement and the Office of Undergraduate Education, we have been able to leverage over $10,000 into 3 service-learning offerings for the 2014-2015 school year.
A Hands-on Approach to Realistic Health Care (Robert Cooper, College of Medicine)
This interprofessional course will be composed of medical students, social work students and pharmacy students. Learning will be conducted from the structure of a healthcare team. Students will form care teams of four professional students including at least one medical student, one pharmacy student and one social work student. Teams will work with the Columbus Free Clinic to enlist clients with chronic disease into care and counseling coordination. Under faculty supervision, the team will then work with their panel of clients for the remainder of the year. The student care teams will focus both on the patient’s healthcare while at Clinic appointments as well as on the patient’s sociocultural barriers to care outside the Clinic.
Training Students for Service Learning in Vulnerable Communities (Crystal Dunlevy, School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences)
This service-learning focused course examining vulnerable populations from multiple perspectives including ethnicity, socioeconomic status, mental and physical disability, chronic disease, & culture, and their impact on both individual and community health. Community partners include Community Development for All People (CD4AP), Health Eating & Living (HEAL), and Stowe Mission of Central Ohio.
Bringing Solar Energy to Underserved Communites in Haiti (Roger Dzwonczyk, College of Engineering)
ENGR 5797.16S, is a newly created (spring 2015) IESL course developed by CoE, in conjunction with OIA and HEP. The specific focus of ENGR 5797.16S is the utilization of solar energy to improve the lives of the Haitian people. ENGR 5797.16S is designed to introduce and teach students the concepts of humanitarian engineering through a practical, authentic, real-world IESL experience. Humanitarian Engineering is defined as the application of science and technology to directly improve the wellbeing of marginalized or under-served people and communities. ENGR 5797.16S students collaborate with an established in-country partner to bring useful, sustainable solar technologies to Haiti. During the first part of the spring semester, students assess the needs of the in-country partner, and then research, design, develop, prototype and plan various solar projects to meet these needs. Students evaluate the cost, sustainability and local ownership of the projects, as well as the entrepreneurial opportunities that could be developed for the local community as a result of the projects. During the one-week in-country spring break trip, the students implement and evaluate these projects. Following the in-country trip, the students document their accomplishments and present the projects to faculty, staff, administrators and other students.
During the semester, the students learn about the history, culture, politics, socioeconomics, healthcare, educational system and specific needs of Haiti and its people. Students develop their assessment, research, problem-solving, project management, time management, communications and teaming skills in a real-world IESL environment. Students learn how to work in an environment that has limited resources and is often outside of their comfort zone.