Community Impact Day


‌‌To help achieve the vision of EVMS and the M. Foscue Brock Institute for Community and Global Health, every August, all incoming medical and health professions students participate in a community service event at P. B. Young Sr. Elementary School in the Young Terrace neighborhood of Norfolk. Young Terrace is a subsidized housing community that is among the poorest 1 percent of neighborhoods in the nation.

This event, known as Community Impact Day, was developed as part of EVMS' involvement in the collective-impact initiative known as United for Children. It provides experiential learning to new EVMS students on their second day of orientation as they work alongside EVMS senior leaders to prepare the elementary school for the new academic year. The project also introduces students to local issues relating to social justice, health equity and determinants of health. Before the event, Interdisciplinary impact teams are formed of one EVMS facilitator and about 13-15 incoming students, representing both the School of Medicine and School of Health Professions.

A coordinator from P. B. Young Elementary is assigned to each EVMS Impact Team to provide onsite instruction, project-specific supplies and oversight of the team's work. Impact teams work to address the needs of the elementary school, which include beautifying the school grounds, cleaning and organizing classrooms for the school year, assembling student backpacks with school supplies and decorating classrooms and bulletin boards. 

Read a news story about the first Community Impact Day at EVMS.

 

PA Community Impact Day

Physician Assistant students, who start their academic year in January, held their own PA Community Impact Day at Tidewater Park Elementary School. Read a magazine story about their efforts to help these schoolchildren and their families.