Outreach: local and global

1 - Winship at the Y, 2 - Developing a passion for science, 3 - Helping teens help each other, 4 - Learning skills in community health, 5 - Taking the garden path home, 6 - Going the distance.



From the Executive VP

Charity care in Emory Healthcare

Caring for the elderly

Caring for kids

Care at Grady Hospital

Emory and the Atlanta VA Medical Center

Serving locally and globally



Economic impact

Woodruff Health Sciences Center

Winship at the Y

Winship Cancer Institute’s Survivorship Program, directed by nurse practitioner Joan Giblin, teamed up this past year with the YMCA of Metro Atlanta to offer an exercise program specifically tailored for cancer survivors. Held at seven different YMCA sites, the program is free and open to all cancer survivors, regardless of where they were treated. Winship nurse practitioners, physician assistants, lymphedema specialists, social workers, and dieticians provide cancer survivorship training for the YMCA coaches and staff involved with the new program. 

Developing a passion for science

Prachi Sharma is one of several researchers at Emory’s Yerkes National Primate Research Center who participate in a summer program to give high school students and middle and high school teachers firsthand research experience. This year, the program had a record number of applicants, and the selected participants gained increased interest in neuroscience-related careers.

Helping teens help each other

Service learning is a critical component of the curriculum at Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health. Student Julie Straw, for example, partnered with the Good Samaritan Health Center in West Atlanta to create a program to train local teens as peer health educators. Straw, who graduated this year from Rollins with her MPH, worked with community members to cover topics identified by teens and their parents: dating violence, healthy eating, HIV prevention and stigma, safe sex, mental illness and suicide, substance abuse, and peer and gang violence. Students graduated from the program after eight weeks.

Learning skills in community health

In a community health course in Emory’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, students work weekly with recent immigrants and refugees. During these visits, they provide education and health screenings and gain firsthand experience interacting with patients from a wide range of countries, few of whom speak English as their first language. It’s these patients who help students realize the importance of simple, jargon-free communication in health care, says Elizabeth Downes, the faculty member who leads the course.

Taking the garden path home

Re-creating the family after military deployment can be challenging. Returning soldiers may feel like strangers. Spouses, independent for so long, may feel uncomfortable suddenly sharing control over decisions. The Callaway Homecoming Initiative, jointly created by Callaway Gardens, Fort Benning, and Emory, helps military families reconnect during a structured 10-day retreat in the serene 13,000-acre gardens in southwest Georgia, all expenses paid. Soldiers, spouses, and children spend time together in outdoor activities and attend educational sessions that help them deal with the transition from deployment to family life, including stress management and communication. The curriculum was developed by Emory psychiatrist Doug Bremner, director of mental health research at the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and is taught by volunteer experts from around Georgia. 

Sharing unused supplies

Each year, Emory Healthcare donates thousands of pounds of supplies and hundreds of hours of volunteer services to MedShare International, an Atlanta-based nonprofit that collects unused, unexpired medical supplies that can’t be used in this country and distributes them to hospitals in developing countries around the world. The aggregate value of supplies donated by Emory Healthcare over a year’s time totals more than $600,000. 

Improving lives is at the core of the Woodruff Health Science Center’s reason for being. It’s what the center’s clinicians, researchers, and staff wake up eager to do every morning and what they teach students. Every year, they find creative new ways to help the community in programs and partnerships or simply by showing up where help is desperately needed. 

Going the distance

For the fifth consecutive year, an Emory Healthcare medical team provided onsite medical care for 18,000 runners, walkers, and bystanders at the Publix Georgia Marathon and Half Marathon last March. In addition to physicians, nurses, and emergency medical techs, the team included students from three medical schools, including Emory’s.

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