Community Health Engagement
UEPI’s Community Health Engagement (CHE) program was developed in 2011 with funding support from Kaiser Permanente, to explore ways in which Occidental College can create and expand public health opportunities for students through course work, service learning and independent study opportunities.
After researching and visiting multiple models for student engagement around the country, and working in collaboration with an on-campus Planning Advisory Group, a community based health engagement model was developed and implemented through the public health practicum class (UEP 307). You can read more about the exciting work our practicum students are doing in the field and learn about our current community partner sites at the UEP page.
The Planning Advisory Group also developed a proposal for an interdisciplinary public health minor due to the ongoing mobilization by students who were passionate about public health issues. The minor will be officially offered in the 2014-2015 academic year. If you are an Occidental College student who is interested in public health courses or the Public Health minor, you can find out more information here. If you are a community clinic or a health focused community based organization and would like to host our public health interns, please contact Heng Lam Foong for more information.
How do students make a difference at our community partner sites?
“(On meeting with a husband and wife with diabetes) At the end of the session the couple seemed very motivated and expressed their gratitude for the time we spent with them… the woman told us that they do not talk about issues concerning diabetes at home, which is why she was so excited to finally talk to her husband about the importance of their health.”
Verónica Ponce de León ‘13 (Biology), MEND Clinic
“… We are currently working on a list of dental providers that accept Medi-Cal for children… The list is important because families who attended the mobile dental clinic need follow-up work for their children, and this list is going to be used to refer them. Navigating the healthcare system is very intimidating. I had difficulty calling some dentists when they would say they accepted “open” Med-Cal or went into complex details. Many of the families do not speak English as a first language so I am sure calling dentists would take the time they do not have…”
Maya Kumar ‘13 (DWA major, Spanish minor), Foothill Unity Center
“…past week I was given a client who recently lost her mother and was simultaneously fired from her job. I was able to compile a list of 15 recent job postings that directly related to her intensive labor area of interest along with three grief counseling groups in her area.”
Maggie Nelson ‘14 (Economics), ChapCare
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