Welcome to Community Engagement and Service Learning Education at Western University of Health Sciences in Lebanon, Oregon. We strive to serve our communities through medical student leadership and professionalism with our faculty, global, and local community partners. We welcome your input and participation as co-creators and supporters of a better tomorrow facing the critical medical issues and designing innovative solutions with your ideas and existing community service programs. See our mission and website for more information.
Louise Muscato, MEd, CHES, PhD
Assistant Dean for Medical Education
If you have an idea where we at COMP-Northwest might work together and further better health outcomes and service in our community contact us
Community Engagement and Service Learning Education
strengthens medical education by integrating classroom knowledge and
community service, building compassionate medical leaders through
interdisciplinary teamwork that improves overall community health and
the health of at-risk and underserved populations…learn more
COMP-Northwest Service Learning Projects
COMP-Northwest DO2020 student Ryan O’Neal began volunteering at InReach when he was a student at Oregon State University. Six years later as a first year medical student at COMP-Northwest, Ryan still volunteers at the clinic, overseeing operations at the evening clinic.
As many as 35 low-income children and adults receive treatment every Thursday evening at the InReach Clinic. The clinic has operated for 12 years and is supported the Samaritan Foundation and thousands of dollars’ worth of time from volunteer doctors, nurses and supporting staff members. Health problems treated at the clinic include colds, flu, asthma, eczema and rheumatoid arthritis. Those who qualify for treatment include children who need well-child checks, patients who fall below the federal poverty level, and families who are employed but don’t have health insurance.
During WesternU COMP-Northwest’s Mini-Medical School, every kindergartner in the Lebanon, Oregon area has the opportunity to be a physician for the day.
Learn more about our service learning projects
In the Media
Lebanon Express article and image
“It was hard to tell who was having more fun at the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific-Northwest on April 16 — the medical students or the kindergartners…”
Albany Democrat Herald article and image
“…a nationally recognized effort aimed at supporting family farmers and adding more locally grown produce to residents’ diets. For the second year, Ten Rivers Food Web, Western University of Health Sciences (COMP-Northwest) and Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital organized a free food fair at the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific Northwest to mark the event.”
Read more of our stories in the media…
WesternU COMP-Northwest students present research at Childhood Obesity Summit
Two WesternU COMP-Northwest medical students presented their research at the Seventh Annual Regional Childhood Obesity Prevention Summit, held Wednesday, April 20 at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital in Lebanon.
First-year medical students Morgan Ricci and Patrick Conway led a six-week cooking class at the Boys & Girls Club of the Greater Santiam. The class was open to fourth- and fifth-grade students at the Club and focused on impacting children’s knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors regarding food choices. read more
We see volunteering as two way in both the local and global community. Students are invited to visit our volunteer page.
Community members are invited to contact us to discuss supporting our students in their volunteer community work.
You can also get a list of all COMP-Northwest student clubs here
Thank you to all our Community Service Learning Partners!