Laura Vinson, MPH

Service Learning, Programs Manager

Office of Public Health Practice
University of Nebraska Medical Center
College of Public Health

Professional Summary


Selected Publication and Presentations


Laura Vinson is a proud native to rural Nebraska, growing up in Randolph and Osmond. After relocating to Omaha in 2010, she became actively involved in her community as an emerging public health professional and community volunteer.

Laura is currently the Service Learning Programs Manager with the College of Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Laura’s primary role is to connect Master of Public Health (MPH) students with partner organizations to develop mutually beneficial opportunities for engagement. The primary mechanism for engagement is through an Applied Practice Experience (APEx), which is a requirement of all MPH students. Laura assists the students in the development and implementation of the APEx and discusses with partner organization’s their community-identified needs.

Prior to Laura’s role focusing solely on the Applied Practice Experience, she was the Coordinator with the Interprofessional Service Learning Academy at UNMC for five community-engaged programs. These student-initiated programs provided interprofessional opportunities for health profession students to engage and meet the needs of underserved communities in Omaha, Nebraska. Students engaged and developed partnerships with both community organizations and homeless, refugees, domestic violence victims, incarcerated individuals, and individuals battling cancer.

Laura’s passion resides in developing mutually beneficial campus-community partnerships and community engagement.