Lending a Hand, Locally (2008)
Students, faculty, and staff all throughout the Woodruff Health Sciences Center—in facilities throughout Emory Healthcare; in the schools of medicine, nursing, and public health; and in Yerkes National Primate Research Center—are working locally to make Atlanta and Georgia healthier overall.
They are helping the underserved gain access to care as well as more opportunities to build a brighter future for themselves. Following are examples of service that changes lives not only of those who receive help but those who provide it as well.
More than 400 students in Rollins School of Public Health rolled their sleeves up on the annual "Rollinsteer Day" to help Atlanta communities in need. Some of the volunteer sites where they worked included the Atlanta Union Mission, Senior Citizens Services, Project Open Hand, and the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless.
Emory medical students Samuel Funt and Zwade Marshall recently launched a "pipeline" program for students at South Atlanta High School, 90% of whom live below the federal poverty line. The high-schoolers collaborate with medical and undergraduate college students at Emory to solve medical case studies. The program is designed to expose students to rigorous college-level discovery and research, educate them on important public health issues, and inspire them to serve as advocates within the community as well as to consider careers in science and medicine.
The response has been immediate. Students who participated in the program have improved their attendance and grades. Several have decided to work as teen educators at Grady Hospital's teen clinics. And five have been accepted into Emory research internships in science and engineering, which provide lab experience and the chance for a full Emory College scholarship.