Exploring Public Health in Various Community Settings

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Students will explore public health issues through engagement with a student-run free medical clinic in Buffalo along with rural populations via a remote area medical mission in the Southern states. 

Project description

This project will allow students to connect with various populations and explore the public health issues that are similar and unique to each. Students will work with inner city populations at a student-run free medical clinic and begin to learn about health disparities within the city of Buffalo. Next, students will translate the knowledge they gleaned to a rural setting, working with rural populations. After this students will then have a culminating experience to work on a remote area medical mission in the southern part of the United States. This project will allow students to dive in and gain experience and an opportunity to apply what they have learned within the classroom to current and emerging public health issues.

Project outcome

Students will work to help organizations with various projects. Each student will work with one of three core partners to choose a project and produce a deliverable that supports the organization's mission and goals.

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment About a semester (3-5 months)
Start time Spring (January/February)
Level of collaboration Small group project (2-3 students)
Benefits Academic credit
Who is eligible Juniors, Seniors
Support If needed, project funding is available after the completion of the preparation badge. See below.

Core partners

  • Lighthouse Free Medical Clinic
  • Rural Outreach Center
  • Remote Area Medicine

Project mentor

Jessica Kruger

Clinical Assistant Professor

Community Health and Health Behavior

319 Kimball Hall

Phone: (716) 829-6748

Email: jskruger@buffalo.edu

Preparation

To engage with this project, you will work through a series of Project-Based Collaboration digital badges to guide your experience. These badges will:

  1. Guide you in setting your goals and intentions as well as gaining additional context,
  2. Enhance your collaboration with your mentor/partner,
  3. Support your reflection and help you integrate your learning with your academic and professional goals.

All students who wish to participate in a project on the Project Portal must first complete the Project Preparation Digital Badge. First, contact the project mentor to discuss availability and after you’ve received approval, you can start the Project Preparation Digital Badge.

Preparation guidance

The specific preparation activities for this project are being finalized by the project mentor. Once they are finalized, this section will be updated. In the meantime, please reach out to the project mentor to confirm what specific preparation activities you should complete for the Project Preparation Digital Badge.