University of Nebraska Medical Center

Community Engagement

Established in 2022, the Community Engagement Committee aims to partner with identified community organizations to establish consistent and recognizable Department of Pediatrics and Child Health Research Institute engagement.

The Community Engagement Committee aims to

  • Respond to community-identified health priorities, improve child health and build trusting relationships that also meet our organizational goals, including education and workforce development.
  • Introduce kids to a variety of health care sciences in hopes of sparking an interest in health care education and careers.
  • Provide health related education based on community organization requests and there are also several individual and small group volunteering opportunities and giving opportunities throughout the year.

In 2023, our committee engaged with 760 kids and parents through eight events and programs involving 65 faculty, staff and volunteers. We additionally conducted three donation drives. Click here to read our 2023 annual report detailing all of our community involvement.  

Children at science booth in Halloween costumes talking to man
woman demonstrating surgical equipment techniques
two kids and doctor intubating hospital dummy
people posing in foot kitchen
kids attending table about cardiology technology

Being active, positive civic members builds trust and connection with our neighbors in our community. Our primary community partners are

  • Completely KIDS
  • Girls Inc.
  • NorthStar

KIDS Nebraska

KIDS Nebraska is an advisory group created for kids, adolescents and teens who are focused on understanding, communicating and improving medicine, research and innovation for all children. KIDS stands for “Kids and Families Impacting Disease through Science,” a global consortium of children’s advisory groups. It operates within the International Children’s Advisory Network, Inc. (iCAN).