COMP-Northwest Service Learning Projects
Lebanon Health Career Ladder
Western University of Health Sciences COMP-Northwest medical students are collaborating with the Greater Santiam Boys and Girls Club presenting a fun active educational program focusing on “healthy choices” including topics like; exercise and fitness, nutrition, stress management, study skills, and career planning. This provides medical students the opportunity to impact young people with positive life-changing information leading to a healthy productive future and life.
Western University of Health Sciences COMP-Northwest medical students serve the residents of the largest long term care facility in Oregon, Mennonite Village. Students are encouraged to be creative in how to best serve the residents in a variety of living situations. Activities may include pet and music therapy, healthy lifestyles including nutrition, fitness and recreation programs, baking and cooking, salon services, going for walks and more. Through visiting and comforting the residents, COMP-Northwest students learn to appreciate, enjoy, and understand our elderly population.
Western University of Health Sciences COMP-Northwest students assist school educators and community members as they teach students about sustainable gardens, the farmers market, and how to cook what is grown. Students work alongside students as they plant, grow, harvest, and then consume the produce in their schools cafeteria.
Western University of Health Sciences COMP-Northwest medical students work with Lebanon Community Schools and children grades K-12, creating and delivering exercise classes, nutrition and health information, mini-medical school classes, one-on-one tutoring, personal mentoring and medical school tours to encourage children and older students to graduate and attend college.
Western University of Health Sciences COMP-Northwest medical students work with Albany Helping Hands Homeless Shelter guests as they participate in the preparation and serving of meals, in the thrift store, on the 9-acre farm, or wood lot. Medical students may provide small group educational workshops on healthy lifestyles topics.
Western University of Health Sciences students serve as Girls on the Run coaches, teachers and mentor leaders working with girls in groups of 8-20. Service Learning students will become certified Girls on the Run coaches and teach life skills through dynamic interactive lessons and running games. The 24-hour lesson curriculum will include three parts: understanding ourselves, valuing relationships and teamwork and understanding how we connect with and shape the world at large. Students will assist in using running to inspire and motivate girls, encourage lifelong health and fitness, and build confidence though accomplishment. Important social, psychological, and physical skills and abilities will be developed and reinforced throughout the program. Girls on the Run service learning project is a four-way collaboration between; COMP-Northwest, The Greater Santiam Boys and Girls Club, Oregon State University-Kidspirit, and Samaritan Health Programs.
Western University of Health Sciences COMP-Northwest medical students collaborate with Oregon State University Veterinary and Pharmacy students and Linn Benton Community College Nursing and allied health professional students to educate local youth in grades 6 – 12 and their parents on the importance of attending college and future opportunity’s available to them in a wide range of healthcare and related professions. This provides medical students the opportunity to impact young people and their parents with positive life-changing information leading to a healthy productive future and life.