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)
In-person, remote, or hybrid?
Level of collaboration Small group project (2-3 students)
Benefits Academic credit
Who is eligible Juniors, Seniors
Truman Scholarship and Global Health Corps Fellowship

Students participating in this project might be interested in and eligible for the Truman Scholarship and the Global Health Corps Fellowship. Connect with the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships to learn more.

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

Start the project

  1. Email the project mentor using the contact information above to express your interest and get approval to work on the project. (Here are helpful tips on how to contact a project mentor.)
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Preparation activities

The specific preparation activities for this project will be customized through discussions between you and your project mentor. Please be sure to ask them for the instructions to complete the required preparation activities.


Community Health and Health Behavior