Guide Right: Interdisciplinary Health Equity Civic Engagement Project

Building Ethics, Leadership, and Civic Responsibility. This program was started in 2005 by Dr. Mount. Dr. Mount proposes a novel opportunity for students to create collaborative teams to learn about health disparities in their local community. This opportunity is carried out through a community engagement partnership. All students participate in directed service learning, working with non-profits and faith-based organizations, supporting community outreach initiatives. Trainees learn how grassroots organizations serve and protect community. The learner-scholar develops skills in research design, data acquisition platforms, data analysis, and communicating research results at monthly seminars structured to support learning while promoting analytical reasoning. The health equity ambassadors rotate through a health care clinic learning about community health and participating multiple psycho-educational groups centered about mental health aspects of chronic disease management. They have the opportunity to shadow other health professionals. When participating in community health events the scholars learn how to appropriately and culturally competently educate our local community about research and serviced being conducted to reduce and/or eliminate health disparities; collect consent forms, and administer survey instruments.

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