Community Health Engagement
Occidental College students who are interested in public health can participate in semester long and summer service learning opportunities at multiple community health organizations.
What is Public Health?
For more information about Oxy's public health program, please visit the Public Health minor website.
The planning and implementation of the Community Health Engagement program is funded by Kaiser Permanente Southern California Community Benefit. One product of CHE is the development of the UEP 307 Public Health Practicum class which was jointly designed with community partners to meet relevant community health needs while providing students with real-world experiences that develop new insights and skills.
- UEP 307 Public Health Practicum combines class lectures and discussion, reflection and service to introduce students to myriad community health issues, concerns and solutions.
- The practicum is offered in the Spring, and also as a summer internship. As practicum hours and days vary for each partner location, interested students should carefully review the organizational information below, and contact the course instructor to verify hours before registering for the class to avoid any scheduling conflicts.
- Students enrolled in the practicum spend two 4-hour blocks (8 hours/week) in the field in addition to class meetings.
- Information on summer public health internships can be found under Jobs & Internships.
Community health partners include:
Interns at the Cancer Legal Resource Center staff the CLRC’s national, toll-free hotline where callers (cancer patients, caregivers, advocates etc.) call with cancer-related legal questions and receive free, confidential information about relevant laws and resources for their particular situation. Interns conduct intake by phone and return calls with appropriate resources after cases have been research by CLRC attorneys. Interns also have the opportunity to conduct research to update CLRC resources and handouts, as well as attend hearings and community events but most of the internship is based at the CLRC office. This site is appropriate for students who want to be introduced to health law and policy issues without a lot of in-person client contact.
Practicum hours: TBD
Interns work with ChapCare clinic patients to research and link them with non-medical health resources, such as housing, nutrition and employment, as these needs are determined and requested by ChapCare clinicians. This site is appropriate for students who are interested in understanding the social determinants of health by helping clinicians and patients to research, identify and link with necessary health and social service resources. ChapCare interns must be problem solvers and have the initiative to organize, coordinate and engage directly with community members. Students at ChapCare will be interning alongside a community health worker (promotora) from Esperanza Community Housing Corporation.
Practicum hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday from 9am to 1pm
Interns at Foothill Unity Center will support the Center’s food, social service and health programs. Interns lead the Center’s walking/fitness group to build a rapport with clients; help with food distribution and healthy recipe development; and support the intake process for new and renewing families. During Wednesday clinics, interns will partner with clients to help research and locate health & social service resources. Interns also have the opportunity to attend community meetings and events to learn more about the various health and social service programs, issues and resources in the Center’s service area. Every year Foothill Unity Center has marquee community events such as Back-to-School, Mobile Dental Clinic, Thanksgiving and Holiday programs that students play a role in from registration to day-of event support. This site is appropriate for students who are interested in hands-on learning about non-profit, multi-service community health organizations, and the many roles that they play to meet the diverse needs that affect the health and well-being in under-resourced communities. Foothill Unity Center interns must be flexible and be willing to be a part of all projects, big and small.
Practicum hours: Pasadena location Tuesday 9am to 11:30am, Wednesday and Friday from 1pm to 3:30pm OR Monrovia location Monday 1pm to 3:30pm, Wednesday and Friday from 9am to 11:30am
Interns partner one-on-one with patients who are enrolled in MEND’s diabetic health education course to clarify course material, support healthy lifestyle and disease management goals, as well as help to locate necessary resources such as mental health counseling and vision exams. Interns also help to develop workshops, education and resource materials on pertinent health topics such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and women’s health. Workshop participants are then linked with local, low-cost screening resources. This site is appropriate for students who are interested in the various factors that affect health especially among low-income, Latino immigrants. MEND interns must be bilingual Spanish/English, and have the initiative to organize, coordinate and engage directly with community members. Students at MEND will be interning alongside a community health worker (promotora) from Esperanza Community Housing Corporation.
Practicum hours: Anytime between 8am to 5pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday, and the occassional Saturday from 8am to 12pm to support the Diabetes 101 classes. Weekday hours must be completed in 4-hour blocks. MEND is closed on Mondays.
Two community health workers (promotores) trained by Esperanza’s Health Programs will participate in class and intern alongside Oxy students at two of the internship organizations (sites can change). This collaboration with Esperanza offers a unique opportunity for students to learn about the community health worker model, as an important and effective way to promote culturally and linguistically appropriate health education and prevention in underserved communities. Equally as important, this partnership introduces to, and shares the Occidental College campus, with our community partners.
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