Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Community Outreach Opportunities
At Drexel University College of Medicine, the Office of Urban Health Equity, Education and Research bridges the gap between health care delivery, medical research and health care education in the Philadelphia community. Our mission is to improve the health of communities through:
- Equitable partnering
- Building capacity of human capital
- Using population-based research to build innovative, effective models of health care delivery, research and education
- Training a prepared, engaged and effective workforce
- Disseminating information
- Advancing health policy
This program for graduate students is designed to expand critical thinking and promote global awareness for inner city middle school youth by exploring the scientific realm of the world. Through hands-on, scientific-based laboratory sessions and classroom sessions, Philadelphia youth will gain an understanding of the world-at-large. Elements of health and medicine are integrated in order to provide an understanding of the relationship between the human body and the world.
The Pediatric AIDS Benefit raises money for the Dorothy Mann Center for Pediatric and Adolescent HIV at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children throughout the year with several smaller events, culminating in a large concert in February of each year. Within the past 20 years, we have raised an estimated $500,000 to provide services, including emergency financial support, child-life specialists, dieticians, etc., to children affected by this devastating disease.
Surgicorps International is a medical mission organization with a purpose to provide medical and surgical care to disadvantaged individuals in underdeveloped countries. Having performed over 3,000 surgeries in 16 countries, and cared for even more patients with non-surgical needs, Surgicorps has changed lives all over the world. The purpose of the interest group is to raise awareness about international mission opportunities in medicine and link students to opportunities to get involved with Surgicorps International.
Women's Initiative in Medicine (WIM) is a female mentorship/health care program where women from the College of Medicine mentor high school girls at North Light community center in Manayunk who have a desire to go into medicine or science. We lead fun health and science activities like teaching CPR and first aid, touring the College of Medicine anatomy lab, taking a trip to the SIM center, visiting the Mutter museum and hosting networking nights.
Many of our student organizations serve the local and global community. These organizations help provide health care and education to underserved populations in Philadelphia and other regions throughout the world. Some of our community outreach clubs include:
The main mission of the Medical Chapter of Drexel CHAMPS is to utilize interdisciplinary collaboration for the aid of the local Philadelphia community. The current site, for which we focus our efforts, is at the Eliza Shirley House. At this site, we work with the Public Health and Law School Chapters to serve the residents. We help host "Circle Discussions" with the mothers and "Kids Zone" with the children. Both events provide stress relief and educational focused discussions/talks for the health of the residents. Additionally, we help provide resident advocacy services.
Drexel Mentoring and Pipeline Program (DMAPP) recognizes the need for mentors, volunteering at local high schools in the Mt. Airy and North Philadelphia section of the city of Philadelphia.
The purpose of the program is to foster the development of future leaders through academic excellence, professionalism, community service and integrity. DMAPP offers free tutoring and mentor-mentee relationships with Drexel University College of Medicine students. The high school students participate in monthly professional development workshops that include topics such as personal essay writing and interviewing etiquette.
The ultimate goal is to expose the high school students to careers in health and medicine, while assisting them in developing the critical skills needed for the professional world and community involvement.
Together the high schools and College of Medicine students engage civic and volunteer events including feeding the homeless at Chosen 300, distributing food and clothing to families in need during the holidays, fundraising efforts, reading to children at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, and interactive role play at The Independence Blue Cross Medical Simulation Center at Drexel University College of Medicine in a realistic patient care environment.
DMAPP is fostering development of future diversity leaders through academic excellence, professionalism, community service and integrity.
The Healing Arts group does arts and crafts with children at the Ronald McDonald house in West Philadelphia/University City, to work to improve mental health and wellness in the community.
We are dedicated to the encouragement and education of pre-health, high school students. We work to educate students on common disease processes, healthy living, and awareness of a healthy lifestyle. We encourage students to become active in their own community through assisting them to plan and host their own health fair.
The Health Outreach Project clinics aim to prepare medical students to be excellent physicians while providing medical care to underserved populations in the Philadelphia area. Through our efforts at the Eliza Shirley, Salvation Army, StreetSide, and Arc clinics, as well as pop-up community events, underserved Philadelphia residents receive free, high quality medical care and other services from 1st and 2nd year medical students.
Jump Into Reading provides Drexel medical students the chance to read to young children once a week throughout the course of the year. The program takes place at the Eliza Shirley House, which is a women's shelter located in Philadelphia. Because these kids are going through a difficult period in their lives, we hope to provide a safe and fun environment for them and hopefully instill in them a lifelong love of reading.
The Mothers and Baby Dragons program connects underserved pregnant women with Drexel medical students throughout their pregnancy. These women may require additional resources to overcome the realities and dilemmas that they face during their pregnancy - be it physical, emotional, financial, cultural, etc. Drexel students will act as a health navigator for these women by attending prenatal visits, providing needed information and resources to help the mothers, being present for labor and delivery, and continued support postpartum. Students will help mothers work towards a healthy pregnancy by promoting appropriate weight gain, encouraging them to remain active, helping to explain the changes their bodies go through during pregnancy, and creating a plan to deal with things that may be making their pregnancy tougher.
During this program, students will experience longitudinal primary care and gain first-hand insight to the daily struggles patients face while having a positive impact on the experience these women have during their pregnancy.
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