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Project HEALTH

Through Project HEALTH (Helping Empower, Advocate, and Lead through Health), 75 student volunteers are working with underprivileged children suffering from asthma, sickle cell anemia and other health problems to educate them about their illnesses and foster good health habits. Students work under the direction of physicians, social workers and attorneys in tackling health and advocacy needs for low-income families. The professionals teach the students, who in turn teach the patients they refer. Website

Higher education partnerships: drawing upon each other s respective strengths

When colleges and universities partner with one another, they can often provide better service to the community by drawing upon each other s respective strengths. For instance, the Community College of Rhode Island, which has a nursing program but no medical school, and Brown University, which has a medical school but no nursing program, have teamed up to address myriad health issues in Rhode Island. Nursing and medical students provide health education in a variety of settings including elementary, middle, and high schools, retirement homes, day care centers, and various community organizations. From Service Matters 1998: Engaging Higher Education In…

Redesigning Hope

In an elective course at a local high school students have a role in redesigning their school’s policies. Each year the course focuses on a particular issues. In one year the issue was truancy, so the teens drafted suggestions for improving absenteeism rates. 3 Brown students and one recent Brown graduate worked with the class and helped to plan and lead it. Contact: Brown professor Nancy Hoffman in the Education Department at

The Hourglass Cafe

The Oxfam branch at Brown University has developed a new fundraising project called the Hourglass cafe. It is a coffee bar that sells fairly traded coffee, baked goods, and vegetarian fare. Unpaid student volunteers manage the cafe. All the profits from the cafe benefit Oxfam. The organization received $4,000 from different University departments and raised $1,000 on their own to start the cafe. The University’s Food Service trained the student workers and let the cafe operate under its food service license. Website

Swearer Center for Public Service

Brown University’s Swearer Center for Public Service considers active community participation and social responsibility to be central concerns of the university’s liberal arts education. Activities include one-day service projects, youth education, mentoring projects, community health initiatives, and language and literacy projects. Students work with special needs populations including immigrants, low-income and minority communities, senior citizens, developmentally disabled, the deaf, and adults in need of basic education. Website

Project New Urban Arts: supporting and showing youth art

Project New Urban Arts , a nonprofit organization started by Tyler Denmead, a student at Brown University, provides two kinds of service. First, it provides a service to youth at area high schools. The project provides high school students with free studio space and art supplies, as well as lessons from working artists from the local community. Second, it provides a service to the community, turning storefront space that it has bought and turning it into display space for the art that high school students and their mentor artists create. In this way, the art serves both a private purpose…

University Partnership Directory: a campus audit

The campus audit of service activities, a method which will be discussed here, assesses community impact at the same time as it provides a valuable tool for those interested in community service on campus. Brown University recently engaged in such an effort, tying together various other methods of measuring impact in order to derive a picture of the breadth and scope of campus-community relationships in Providence, Rhode Island. The campus audit provided background on over 240 community initiatives coming from faculty, staff, and students at the university. Putting together such a comprehensive audit posed a number of challenges: from committing…

Presidential Seminar: “”The Individual, the University, and Responsibility within a Free Society””

Brown University has long prided itself on having a student body committed to community service and social change. And yet, Brown lacked a broad and formal way of discussing issues of ethics, civic responsibility, and community commitment. Upon becoming the seventeenth president of Brown, E. Gordon Gee announced that “Brown is a private university with a public purpose” and has challenged the Brown community to define that ideal. The Presidential Seminar is one vehicle used to discuss that ideal. The seminar is limited to 15 students and with the participation of Peter Hocking, Director of the Swearer Center for Public…

Roles of Watershed Councils in Improving Water Quality in American Heritage Rivers

  ES192 Spring 2003 Roles of Watershed Councils in Improving Water Quality in American Heritage Rivers The purpose of this class is to provide experience in cooperative problem-solving efforts to address a current environmental issue. We have found this service learning approach to be a helpful preparation for the independent research you will undertake for your senior thesis and for the kind of work many of our graduates do. In 1999, the RI Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) began to decentralize some of its environmental protection efforts to the watershed level. This effort has been encouraged nationally by the US…

Health of Women

Department of Community Health Arnold Lab Room 496 BIC-214: Health of WomenSpring semester, 1999Wednesday 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Clinical Advisor: Sudeep Aulakh, MD Dept. of General Internal Medicine Rhode Island HospitalPartnership: The National Women's Health Network, Washington, D.C.Staff partner: Brooke Grande Objectives:1. To develop a theoretical framework for conceptualizing what drives population patterns of health, disease, and well-being of women and girl children in relation to social and economic divisions related to race/ethnicity, class and gender. 2. To apply conceptual and methodological principles of study design and data analysis to evaluate epidemiologic and medical literature on women's health. 3….