241165 Sustaining Success in Collegiate Service Learning - Examples from a Rural Health Expo

Monday, October 31, 2011

Chris Tsavatewa, MPH , Health Services Administration, Macon State College, Macon, GA
William Hervey, JD, LLM , Health Services Administration, Macon State College, Macon, GA
This case study tracks the growth of an undergraduate health communications course at a rural access college and subsequent service- learning activities. While initial efforts focused on providing opportunities for health administration students to demonstrate a myriad of management competences developed during matriculation, recent challenges have redirected efforts towards leadership development, project/partner selection, and institutional relations. The presentation will discuss methods used to integrate service-learning into health administration course offerings. The presentation will also profile the characteristics of a service learning experience by way of development, execution, and evaluation of the partnerships, course, and event/activity. Through our outcomes we will demonstrate the advantages service-learning as a learning strategy and the mechanisms/strategies by which to maintain sustainable growth and ensure desired outcomes.

Learning Areas:
Administration, management, leadership
Advocacy for health and health education
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Program planning
Public health administration or related administration

Learning Objectives:
Define service learning Explain the advantages service-learning as a learning strategy Analyze strategies for maintaining sustainable growth and desired outcomes when working with community partners

Keywords: Community-Based Partnership, Community-Based Partnership

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the professor in charge of the service learning project within the Health Communications Class and Faculty Advisor of 2 student organiztions hosting the event.
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.