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.

UW Mobile Health Outreach van.

Health Sciences Mobile Health and Outreach Program

The Health Sciences Mobile Health and Outreach (MHO) Program 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.

Questions about volunteering or precepting? Please contact Coraima Sales-Arteaga: salesc@uw.edu.

Ready to sign up as a volunteer or preceptor? Visit the University District Street Medicine registration portal.

The UW MHO Program is partially supported by generous funding from the Pacific Hospital Preservation and Development Authority.  

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. Due to continued spread of COVID-19 this project is temporarily on hold.