The Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, the Arizona Public Health Training Center, and Community Campus Partnerships for Health co-sponsored a summer workshop focusing on the development of Service Learning Courses.
This three day workshop on June 5-7, 2012 was a great opportunity to increase participants' skills in the development and implementation of service learning courses that focus on the elimination of health disparities. Service learning is a very effective mechanism for understanding health disparity and health equity issues and moving to action to eliminate these inequities. The course provided an overall orientation to:
- the conceptual framework for service learning
- developing community partnerships for service learning courses
- different models for service learning and service learning activities
- the role of reflection in service learning
- evaluation tools
- and lessons learned from our work.
Our workshop included interactive sessions with faculty, students and community partners of the University Of Arizona Zuckerman College Of Public Health and Community-Campus Partnerships for Health, all of whom have participated in service learning courses which focus on the elimination of health disparities.
An additional important focus of the course was an intensive day long field experience in rural, border or tribal communities as well a working directly with course participants to develop different aspects of service learning within their own courses, linking experiences to advocacy and action.
Below are some of the presentations and materials shared during the course:
- Service Learning Introduction for the 2012 Workshop
- SEAHEC Overview of Service Learning
- Rural Community Partner Overview of Service Learning
- Partnerships in a Rural Tribal Community
- Semester-Long Service Learning Course Overview and Course Handout
- Reflection and Service Learning
- Evaluating Service Learning
Other resource links that may be of interest
- Community-Campus Partnerships for Health's Service-Learning Resource Webpage: http://depts.washington.edu/ccph/servicelearningres.html
- The National Service-Learning Clearinghouse: http://servicelearning.org
- The NSLC Service-Learning in Higher Education Listserv: http://gsn.nylc.org//email-discussion-lists