Student Opportunities

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Douglas County Health Department ( All those interested should email to declare you interest by August 27th. )

GOAL:  “Cocooning” newborns/infants who are not yet fully protected from Pertussis by immunizing those  uninsured/unimmunized adults in closest contact w/ them.
STRATEGY:    Utilizing existing DCHD programs  (WIC, Imz Clinic; STD Clinic) as resources  to deliver these immunizations to eligible adults 

  • Researching the “cocooning” issue; historically, what has worked/what hasn’t (where have been the pitfalls)
  • Educating staff on importance of Tdap/developing appropriate educational resources for staff use
  • Developing  appropriate educational messaging for/ recruitment process of eligible adults who will receive immunization
  • Working w/ all three DCHD clinic sites (WIC; Imz Clinic; STD Clinic)
  • Tracking  characteristics of those who do receive immunizations and where they receive them


  • Developing a “profile” of the women who do actually receive the immunization, *(as well as perceiving the importance of having their families do the same.)
  • Identifying which DCHD system is most efficient/effective (site/time, etc.) in providing this resource
  • Identifying what messaging/recruitment processes are most successful
  • Educating DCHD staff re: the relevance of this issue
  • Determining overall cost effectiveness 

ALS in the Heartland 

Possible SL/CE opportunities at the ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) in the Heartland, a non-profit resource of free services and support to ALS patients, their families and caregivers throughout all of Nebraska and western Iowa. (Possible applicable department/concentration in parenthesis)

  •  Patient, Family, Community Education (HPRO)
  • Respite Care Assistance (HSRA)
  • Equipment Loan Program (HSRA)
  • Telehealth (HSRA)
  • Support groups
  • Home Modifications (ENV)
  • Advocacy
  • Research (BIOS, EPI)
  • Data collection (BIOS, EPI)
  • Creating resources and materials
  • Grant writing
  • Talk with political reps about continuing funding and creating national registry (HPOL)

Center for Preparedness

  • Community Education on household preparedness
  • Resources for household notification procedures
  • Stock piling of supplies


  • Capstone projects could be focused on data analysis, data translation, programmatic issues, evaluation, or policy development.
  • The opportunities include working in
    • infant mortality
    • preconception health
    • life course
    • adolescent health
    • health equity / health disparities
    • racial/ethnic disparities
    • prevention of substance-exposed pregnancies
    • public health administration

Franciscan Care Ministries

  • Community Health Survey
    • Barriers Preventing residents from medical care
    • Taking prescriptions
    • Engaging in healthy behaviors
    • Do area employers plan on providing insurance, thoughts of health reform as it relates to business
    • Wellness at work programs with area employers

Girls INC

  • Inner-city adolescent girls ages 11-14 will conduct a 12-week CBPR project consisting of eight modules:
    • 1) Start Our Project (i.e., choose an advisory board);
    • 2) Decide Our Community’s Needs (using Photovoice);
    • 3) Decide What We Want To Change (i.e., use pictorial symbols to organize pictures taken and decide on a target topic);
    • 4) Plan Our Project (i.e., vote on a specific intervention);
    • 5) Do Our Project (i.e., implement a brief intervention);
    • 6) Evaluate Our Project (i.e., collect data and enter into the CTB workstation);
    • 7) Make Sure Our Project Continues (i.e., plan for sustainability and dissemination); and
    • 8) Celebrate Our Success (i.e., a dinner for participants, families, and board members; presentations by the girls at local/state conferences).

Health Promotion at UNMC: Worksite Health Promotion

  • Evaluate the current Wellstream health risk assessment offered through Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Improve participation in the annual Wellstream health risk assessment
  • Increasing physical activity levels (particularly while at the worksite)
  • Improving nutrition (particularly increasing consumption of fiber, fruits and vegetables and decreasing consumption of high fat foods)

Metro Area Continuum of Care for the Homeless(MACCH)

  • Develop prescription tracking and retrieval for people experiencing homelessness. 
  • Create a better data system to help people who are homeless with health conditions.  
  • Screening and  assessment for all people who enter homelessness regardless of agency or program.

Nebraska AIDS Project

  • Anti-Stigma project
  • Capture the stories of NAP clients
  • Plan, organize, advertise and volunteer on NAP’s annual Goodwill Drive
  • Organize and prepare one nutritionally sound lunch on a Friday for NAP clients
  • Help administer a client satisfaction survey for NAP client services

Office of Health Disparities and Health Equity

The Office of Health Disparities and Health Equity is seeking students who are interested in exploring potential Service Learning/Capstone Experience projects. For more information please check their website  and the list of services from their office.

Office of Minority Health

  • Minority Health Data, Disparities and Inequities
    • Minority Heath Disparities Research and Funding in NE
    • Assessment and Improving of quality of life issues among immigrants and refugees in NE
    • Minority Populations in Sarpy County
    • Social Marketing in Douglas County
    • Community Outreach
    • Material Development

One World Community Center

  • Hypertension awareness
    • "Know your numbers" campaign
  • School Health Promotion

Preventative Prenatal Oral Health Initiative

  • Aim to institute a preventive dental program for pregnant women and to study its effectiveness over a period of time by comparing the oral health outcomes in their children.
  • The project will involve comparing oral health status of two groups of children: ones whose mother’s will receive information and training on oral health promotion and disease prevention strategies as a part of their prenatal care regimen and the controls will be the group whose mother’s will be receiving regular prenatal care and advice (as done at present)
  • Children will be followed from birth to until about 5 to 6 years of age, and the DMFT and dental treatment expenses will be compared.
  • The project will include collaborating with the medical center and dental department, developing the educational tools and materials, training pregnant women and dental follow up.

United Methodist Ministries

  • Baseline analysis of food security in rural Southeast Nebraska
  • Analysis of community capacity development is a way to improve health in both rural and urban settings
  • Evaluation/documentation of community gardens as catalysts for improved nutrition and healthier eating

Additional Service Learning/Capstone  Experience Sites


Contact SLA
Service-Learning Academy
University of Nebraska Medical Center
986075 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE  68198-6075


Ruth Margalit MD - Director
Phone: 402-559-7458,


Laura Vinson - SLA Coordinator
Phone: 402-559-4191

Cole Boyle
Phone: 402-552-7202