Work alongside your health science colleagues to serve the needs of our local communities.
Service learning and community engagement are ideal mechanisms for growing teamwork skills, while connecting classroom learning with real life experiences. Students from across the health sciences are invited to demonstrate community caring through participation in programs such as The UW Listening Project and the Mobile Health and Outreach Program. We also work closely with the UW School of Medicine (SOM) Service Learning Program. For additional opportunities to work in interprofessional teams, while serving the needs of our local communities, please visit the SOM Service Learning Website.
Health Sciences Mobile Health and Outreach Van
The Health Sciences Mobile Health and Outreach Van is a pilot program that works to address critical gaps in health access, and partners with local organizations such as University District Street Medicine, Georgetown Tiny House Village, and others to provide basic preventive health and street medicine services for people experiencing homelessness, housing insecurity and other barriers to accessing healthcare. In addition, the project provides interprofessional learning opportunities for health sciences students to engage with professionals and students from other disciplines, and to connect what they are learning in the classroom to a community setting.
The Listening Project
The Listening Project is a unique collaboration between UW IPE Program and community organizations such as the Seattle King County Clinic and the Seattle Stand Down. It is intended to cultivate future health care providers’ communication skills, empathy, and the perceived value of listening to patient’s stories. Students are placed in interprofessional pairs, and walk the floors of large-scale health events to engage with and hear from patients.
What about COVID-19?
COVID-19 put CHSIE-coordinated interprofessional service learning on hold for Spring and Summer 2020. We are currently working to get our programs safely up and running, in a way that complies with all health science school guidelines for student participation. We are hopeful that our work will resume, with appropriate precautionary measures, during the 2020/21 academic year.
Want to stay updated on our projects as we re-open? Complete this very brief interest form and we’ll be in touch with details as they become available.