We aim to effectively address our community's high-priority health needs through these service learning pathways:
Aimed primarily at cardiac and stroke challenges in Eastern Virginia, these initiatives focus on first response.
- Bystander CPR: Students research our region's difficulties surrounding cardiac arrest and teach Bystander CPR classes in the community.
- Community Stroke Awareness: Students research the regional challenges and teach Stroke Awareness and Response in the community, primarily in geriatric settings.
- Stop the Bleed: Students learn and teach the public lifesaving responses to bleeding emergencies.
Nutrition and Exercise
Diabetes and obesity are two prevalent issues in our region. Initiatives in this service pathway focus on nutrition and exercise.
- Choosing Healthy Options for Wellness (CHOW): Students teach nutritious eating and exercise.
- LIFT: Students work with homeless clients over 30-, 60- and 90-day periods teaching nutrition, exercise and life skills.
- P.B. Young: Students work at an elementary school in a large public housing project. They read and play with the children and conduct nutrition education.
Underserved and Health Inequities
Unfortunately, there are people in every region of our nation who have a difficult time accessing healthcare. Initiatives in this pathway focus on those who do not readily have access to healthcare.
- Community Innovations: Students analyze audiences, conduct group needs assessments and design effective programs for community health literacy.
- Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation: Students assist those struggling with addiction at the Salvation Army Rehab Center.
- Environmental Health: Students research potential environmental sources of illness, such as harmful agents in air, water, food and soil, and propose solutions.
- HOPES Student Run Free Clinic: Students work in various capacities at this free clinic run by EVMS students.
- Let's All Take a Breath: Students learn the skills necessary to conduct community-engaged research in a topic of interest with a true master.
- Mothers and Baby Mermaids: Students become navigators with young mothers to help them journey through the pregnancy experience.
- Street Health: Students work with Norfolk's Office to End Homelessness to find and conduct initial health screening for the community's unsheltered homeless population.
- YMCA After-School (James Monroe Elementary): Students work in an urban school setting, conduct needs assessments and design health literacy programs.
The Elderly and Chronically Ill
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 Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia and visit elderly residents, identifying and responding to their needs.
- Hotspotters: Students identify patients with multiple conditions who frequently use medical care and develop options for them to reduce their need for frequent care.
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.
Global Health Equity
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 French: Students work with French-speaking patients and earn a French Clinician Certification through Alliance Française.
- 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.