In August, a group of 10 Service Club volunteers participated in a Habitat for Humanity Build. In July, they volunteered in the kitchen at Open Hand, an organization that delivers prepared meals to homebound individuals in the Atlanta area. Service Club pportunities are available to students of all classes and are not necessarily planned around the exam schedules of the classes. Melissa Oh and Jennifer Narvaez are the club leaders this year.
Other popular volunteer opportunities of note are Teddy Bear Hospital the Good Samaritan Clinic.
Brand new this year, the School of Medicine has added a service learning component to the MD Program curriculum. Scheduled withing the small groups, and led by Dr. Mary Jo Lechowicz. Dr. Maura George, Dr. Nate Flacker, and Dr. Bussey-Jones, the Service Learning curriculum is focusing on 3 programs:
Emory University Senior Mentor Program
EUSM is a curricular enhancement that matches first-year medical, nursing, physician assistant, and physical therapy students with community-dwelling adults 65 and over.
Clarkston Community Program
The city of Clarkston, Georgia, east of Atlanta, is known as a refugee haven. Over the years, thousands of refugees have moved to Clarkston and now call the city home. The Clarkston Community Health Center, Inc. (CCHC), founded in 2013, is a non-profit 501 c(3) organization designed to establish a patient-centered medical home to enhance an economically feasible, culturally and linguistically sensitive continuum of care for all patients in the network area including health screening, primary and preventive healthcare to the refugee, indigent, underinsured and uninsured population of the Clarkston community and surrounding areas.
Rolling Bends Program
The Rolling Bends Apartments are located in the Carey park neighborhood in Northwest Atlanta. Volunteers from Emory's Urban Health Initiative conducted a study to identify areas of concern for the residents of the community as well as opportunities for improvement. There is a high prevalence of nutrition-related chronic diseases at Rolling Bends, with the prevalence of diabetes almost double the national average of adults twenty years of age and older.