Outreach and Community Engagement
The University of Maryland School of Public Health (SPH) works to promote and protect the health and well-being of the citizens of Maryland, the nation, and the world through interdisciplinary education, research, public policy and practice. Service to the community is also central to our mission and many of our programs have an outreach component or engage community members in public health programs and research.
Here are a few examples of the many ways School of Public Health faculty, students, and staff are having a direct impact in the community.
UMD Prevention Research Center, which has a broad mission to reduce health disparities in Maryland along the national capital border and focuses on issues including STD/HIV prevention, obesity prevention, and adolescent health, among others, using community based participatory research methods.
The Children's Developmental Clinic is a continuing education volunteer training program conducted by the Department of Kinesiology in partnership with the Prince George's Community College. Volunteer Student Clinicians are specially trained and supervised by the Children's Developmental Clinic's Professional Resource Staff to provide one on one support and developmental activities for children who are experiencing various developmental delays.School of Public Health, this student group is open to all University of Maryland students and focuses on bringing a message of healthy living to youth through their crowd-pleasing gymnastic routines infused with extreme acrobatics. The group models healthy behaviors by pledging to remain drug, alcohol, and tobacco free and cooperating to accomplish challenging physical feats. They regularly perform shows for elementary, middle, and high schools in the Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia region and mentor kids ages 5-16 through gymnastics classes and a six-week camp each summer.
Watch the TerpVision video on Gymkana to learn more.
Bonnie Braun), Food Security & Nutrition Education (Stephanie Grutzmacher), Family Finance (Jinhee Kim), and Healthy Homes & Global Health (Elisabeth Maring).