Community Practicum Student Handbook
The following are some of the organizations have collaborated with the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences on community-based projects. These projects typically involve faculty, staff, and students, and provide a variety of exciting opportunities to make a difference in the community.
The Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences has worked closely with the Healthy Start project since its inception, assisting with the initial needs assessment and providing ongoing coordination of the evaluation of the project. Healthy Start staff regularly make presentations at BCHS maternal and child health classes. A number of students have had the opportunity to work on practicum or essay projects with Healthy Start.
Student teams from the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences have worked with EC on the design and implementation of evaluation strategies for their comprehensive services programs for pregnant women and young children. In the future BCHS will be assisting in the development and implementation of health promotion and disease prevention initiatives for EC staff and their clients.
A number of BCHS faculty and students have worked on various community-based projects with Hosanna House. In the spring of 2006 BCHS and Hosanna House are initiating new, formal University-community collaboration. As a kickoff the Community Development in Public Health course is being held at the Hosanna House facility in Wilkinsburg.
The center chose an innovative research theme for the project that targets the region's ever growing, healthy, but at-risk population of older citizens. The project is highly collaborative within both the public health community and the community at large, complementing and not subverting the already established flow of patient care. Overall goals include:
BCHS faculty and students have participated in numerous project development implementations and program evaluation efforts as part of our broader focus on services to the elderly.
Alysse Littleberry, Reducing Recidivism at Bethlehem Haven's Emergency Shelter
Abisola Olaniyan spends practicum addressing barriers to seeking and accessing immunization services for children in Lagos, Nigeria
Air Quality Program MPH students present their work at ACHD
Bridging the Gaps Pittsburgh celebrates 20 years of promoting health in underserved communities (video)