Disparities Service Learning Collaborative
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Despite major advances in health care and health status in the 21st
century, disparities persist between whites and people of color - creating one
of the most pressing social justice issues facing America today. Not only are
most racial and ethnic groups less healthy, but they also tend to have shorter
life expectancies, higher rates of infant mortality and chronic diseases, worse
outcomes once diagnosed with illnesses, and less access to health care than their
white counterparts. Racial and ethnic health disparities persist even when socio-economic
status and insurance coverage are taken into account, due to a complex combination
of factors. Eliminating these disparities will require collaborative solutions
that bring communities and institutions together as partners and build upon the
assets, strengths, and capacities of each. Schools and graduate programs of public
health - with their roles in educating public health professionals, conducting
public health research and applying knowledge to solve public health problems
- have a unique and important role to play.
Funded by the Corporation
for National and Community Service (CNCS), the Health Disparities Service
Learning Collaborative's mission is to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities
by engaging schools and graduate programs of public health in authentic service-learning
partnerships with communities.
The goals of the Collaborative are to:
- Engage public health students in sustained, longitudinal service-learning
experiences that make a substantial contribution to reducing health disparities
and equip them with core public health competencies.
- Engage public health
faculty members in sustained, longitudinal service-learning and participatory
research partnerships with community partners that make a substantial contribution
to reducing health disparities and allow them to meet the promotion and tenure
expectations of their universities.
- Build the capacity of schools and
graduate programs of public health and community partners to develop authentic
partnerships and collaboratively implement effective service-learning programs
that aim to reduce health disparities.
The Collaborative emphasizes
institutional change to support service-learning within schools and graduate programs
of public health and community problem-solving and capacity-building through the
- Grants awarded to 7 schools
and graduate programs of public health.
- Learning communities that
address challenges and issues that cut across subgrantees.
that provide professional development opportunities for subgrantees.
- Assessments of processes and outcomes.
of results and lessons learned.
Schools and Graduate Programs of Public Health
Grantees are listed below
in alphabetical order by state. Click here
for abstracts of their programs.
and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, University of Arizona, Tucson,
Fay W. Boozman College of Public
Health, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR
of Public Health Program in Community Health Education, San Jose State University,
San Jose, CA
Master of Public
Health Program, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii at Manoa,
Morgan State University School
of Public Health and Policy, Baltimore, MD
of Public Health Program, University of Nebraska Medical Center and University
of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, NE
of Public Health Program and Center on Health Disparities, School of Medicine,
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
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