Current Service Learning Initiatives


The menu on this page provides links to detailed descriptions of the individual service learning initiatives introduced below. 

Here is an overview of our current initiatives organized by Service Pathway:

 


FIRST RESPONSE SERVICE PATHWAY   

Initiatives in this pathway are aimed primarily at cardiac and stroke challenges in Eastern Virginia, these initiatives focus on first response. 

  • Bystander CPR.  Students research the current state and then teach Bystander CPR Classes in the community.
  • Community Stroke Awareness. Students research the current state and then teach Stroke Awareness and Response in the community (Primarily in Geriatric Settings).

NUTRITION AND EXERCISE SERVICE PATHWAY  

Diabetes and obesity are two prevalent issues in our region, initiatives in this service pathway focus on nutrition and exercise.

  • CHOW. Students teach nutritious eating and exercise.
  • Project LIFT. Students work with homeless clients over 30, 60, and 90 day periods teaching nutrition, exercise, and life skills. 
  • Young at Heart. Students work at an elementary school in a large public housing project. They read and play with the children, and conduct nutrition education. 

 


UNDERSERVED SERVICE PATHWAY   

Unfortunately, there are people in every region of our nation who have a difficult time accessing heath care. Initiatives in this pathway focus on those who do not have ready access to health care. 

  • HOPES Student Run Free Clinic.  Students work in various capacities at this free clinic run by EVMS students.
  • Chesapeake Care Clinic. Students work in various capacities at this Safety-net clinic in Chesapeake. 
  • Environmental Health.
  • Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation. 

THE ELDERLY AND CHRONICALLY ILL SERVICE PATHWAY  

The elderly represent a rapidly growing demographic in Eastern Virginia.  Initiatives in this pathway focus on the elderly, chronically ill or disabled.

  • Beyond Clinic Walls. Students work with the City of Norfolk Senior Services and visit elderly shut-ins, identifying and responding to their needs.
  • Albero House. Students work with severely disabled patients in various capacities. 

INFECTIOUS DISEASE SERVICE PATHWAY   

Eastern Virginia is home to a higher proportion of individuals living with HIV/AIDS than anywhere else in Virginia.  Further, the prevalence of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) is higher here than in most cities.  Initiatives in this pathway currently focus on individuals living with HIV/AIDS or STIs.

  • HIV/AIDS Treatment Quality Control. Students assess treatment quality in Eastern Health District of Virginia for HIV/AIDS, and design and test process improvements.
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections Needs Assessment. Students analyze the needs relating to STIs in the Eastern Health District of Virginia highlighting potential high-return interventions or processes.  

GLOBAL HEALTH INEQUITIES PATHWAY   

 

Global Health Inequities become local health issues quickly.  This service pathway places students in the context of some of these locally-felt global issues. 

 

  • Medical Spanish. Students work with Spanish speaking patients and earn a Spanish Bilingual Clinician Certification.
  • Refugee Health. Students work with local refugees and refugee service organizations.