The Office of Community Engagement currently handles the administration of four Legacy Projects. These projects provide unique interdisciplinary and interprofessional service-learning and community engagement opportunities for UNMC students. All of our projects are student led and include:
Bridge to Care — works with resettled refugees in Douglas County/Omaha metro area to link them with health care providers, health educational materials, and preventive health services
Decreasing the Donor Deficit — raises awareness of cancer treatment by bone marrow transplantation and organizes recruitment opportunities for new donors
do juSTIce — allows students to interact with inmates to deliver STD education, testing, and treatment, as well as allows them to develop strategies for intervention
EMPOWER — focuses on minimizing domestic and sexual violence in our community and beyond by increasing awareness and providing opportunities for future healthcare professionals to become involved in supporting survivors through health education and service
Fostering the Future — focuses on empowering children, adolescents, and young adults in the foster care system to be advocates for their own health care, and to connect them with health resources
Other Ways to Get Involved
Additional engagement opportunities are also available through the:
- College of Public Health Volunteer Log, which has a list of all the volunteer job opportunities they receive directly for local, state and regional employers.
- Office of Community-Engaged Research, which promotes research addressing the social determinants of health in the Great Plains region through collaborative partnerships between researchers, patients, health care providers, and rural communities.
- Great Plains IDeA-Clinical & Translational Research, which embraces a community-engaged research focus and has developed a number of resources, including seminars and workshops to promote community engagement.
- Center for Reducing Health Disparities, whose mission is to promote equity and social justice in health and health care by leading collaborative efforts to generate and disseminate evidence-based, policy-relevant solutions. View their annual report here.
- Office of Public Health Practice, an office within the College of Public Health that works to build mutually beneficial partnerships between the College of Public Health and practice partners.
Requirements for service learning varies by college. Not sure what your program requires? Learn about each individual college's requirements for service learning.