238834 Service Learning Models: Intensive Week Long

Saturday, October 29, 2011: 2:15 PM

Cecilia Rosales, MD, MS , Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
The session will explore how to link intensive week long service experiences in tribal, rural, urban and border communities directly to the elimination of racial and ethnic health disparities. Presenter will discuss how to organize courses around a matrix that integrates the themes of the specific course, health disparities and the connection to advocacy. Frameworks such as these provide the basis for understanding the health disparity issues within a community context and result in an overall success in bringing the reality of health disparities front and center with students, faculty and community partners. Session will include specific examples of how to move service experiences beyond typical public health issues, and develop nontraditional experiences with health departments, tribal governments, community health centers, and community health worker programs in community based organizations, as well as faith based organizations. Session will explore how to incorporate non typical public health partners such as the Mexican consulate, US Border Patrol, and active community coalitions into course. Issues of staffing scheduling, and resources required will be discussed.

Learning Areas:
Diversity and culture
Public health or related education
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
List 3 strategies for working with community partners to develop an intensive week long SL course. Explain the types of activities that strengthen service learning in a week long community based course.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have developed and implemented intensive service learning courses at the US-Mexico border for the the last 3 years.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.