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Service learning is an educational methodology, which combines student service with explicit learning objectives in a sustained relationship/partnership with communities/populations. Service learning’s goal is to equip health professionals with the population health/community-oriented competencies and civic responsibilities that will be needed to be effective in improving the health of communities and vulnerable populations in our rapidly changing health care environment.
Population health entails community service learning which provides students an opportunity to apply interprofessional team work skills coupled with knowledge and experience with graduate nursing role development. Population health /community service-learning experiences include working in medically underserved, vulnerable, and/or high risk populations/communities. Goals and objectives from Healthy People 2020 provide a basis for student assessment, intervention and evaluation of a specific health promotion or disease prevention strategy or program in the community. Interprofessional learning opportunities also encompass this experience that involves group work, seminars, web-based activities, and field work with the community of interest. UMass Medical School supports interprofessional education and seeks to provide interprofessional learning opportunities for Medical and Nursing Students in both schools, including our Graduate School of Nursing. Other experiences include Medical and Nursing Students in Skills Training using iCels, the Worcester Department of Public Health and Worcester Senior Center.
Health People 2020 Link : http://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/default.aspx
Medical and Nursing Student Opportunities Link: http://www.umassmed.edu/chpr/Students.aspx#third_year_Interclerkship
Medical Students/GEP Students/Interns Skills Training using iCels Link:http://www.umassmed.edu/icels/facilities/task_trainers/index.aspx
Worcester Department of Public Health: http://www.worcesterma.gov/ocm/public-health