COMP-Northwest Service Learning Projects
Mighty Oaks Children Therapy Center
Western University of Health Sciences COMP-Northwest medical students will observe therapy sessions and work with children who have a wide variety of special needs. Medical students will mentor the parents of Mighty Oak students by providing educational seminars in healthy lifestyles, nutrition and fitness. Students will assist in fundraising efforts to support the center, as well as developing an outdoor garden area to be used as an extension of physical, occupational, and speech therapy programs.
Greater Santiam Boys & Girls Club
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.
Mennonite Village Continuing Care Retirement Community – Albany
Western University of Health Sciences COMP-Northwest medical students will 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.
Planting Seeds of Change
Western University of Health Sciences COMP-Northwest students will assist school educators and community members as they teach students about sustainable gardens, the farmers market, and how to cook what is grown. Students will work alongside students as they plant, grow, harvest, and then consume the produce in their schools cafeteria.
Lebanon High School
Western University of Health Sciences COMP-Northwest medical students will work with Lebanon High School creating and delivering exercise classes, nutrition and health information, mini-medical classes, one-on-one tutoring, and personal mentoring to encourage high school students to graduate and attend college.
Albany Helping Hands Homeless Shelter
Western University of Health Sciences COMP-Northwest medical students will 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.