Making a difference in community healthcare

The UW School of Medicine's Service Learning program enriches medical education by cultivating skills that address the health needs of underserved communities. We seek to foster the joy of service in students who are preparing for lives of civic and social responsibility as healthcare providers in an increasingly diverse and complex global society.

Advocacy

Community organizing that addresses inequities in healthcare and works to ensure better health outcomes for all.

Clinical Service and Health Education

Collaboration with community partners and schools to respond to local clinical and health education needs.

Outreach/Mentorship

Creating alliances with local communities to bring underrepresented students into the healthcare professions.

Please take a moment to browse through the many inspiring projects that our medical students are leading throughout the region.

Seeking Volunteer Providers

If you are a licensed provider and are interested in working with medical students at one of our clinical sites, or if you have general questions on our Service Learning program please contact Leonora Clarke, clarkel@uw.edu.  

Alaska Service Learning Projects:


UW School of Medicine students work to address health disparities that are systemically rooted and therefore require interventions beyond direct clinical service.  Students participate in community organizing efforts to influence decision making, policies, and practices.

Health Equity Circle (HEC)

HEC is the advocacy arm of UWSOM. In partnership with local community organizing groups, students participate in a variety of campaigns that address social determinants of health and social justice. This project is in development.


Students collaborate with an array of community partners throughout the WWAMI region to provide basic healthcare to underserved populations. We strive to develop safe, sustainable programming that directly responds to local community needs. All of our projects are student driven and student led.

Brother Francis Foot Care Clinic

This is an emergency shelter in Anchorage, AK, that serves men and women who are experiencing homelessness.

  • Medical students provide foot care for resident/clients.

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Project Homeless Connect

This is an annual event where homeless and underserved populations can access a variety of social services and healthcare in a large venue.

  • Medical students provide basic healthcare and screenings.
Stop the Bleed

Medical students organize and lead workshops to educate the public on how to pack wounds and use tourniquets in an effort to address lives being lost due to exsanguination.


UWSOM students organize a variety of community outreach efforts to bring underrepresented students into the healthcare professions.

H.E.A.R.T
  • Medical students visit local schools to talk to students about what it is like to be a doctor.

Idaho Service Learning Projects:


UW School of Medicine students work to address health disparities that are systemically rooted and therefore require interventions beyond direct clinical service.  Students participate in community organizing efforts to influence decision making, policies, and practices.

Health Equity Circle (HEC)

HEC is the advocacy arm of the UWSOM. In partnership with local community organizing groups, students participate in a variety of campaigns that address social determinants of health and social justice.


Students collaborate with an array of community partners throughout the WWAMI region to provide basic healthcare to underserved populations. We strive to develop safe, sustainable programming that directly responds to local community needs. All of our projects are student driven and student led.

Palouse Free Clinic

This local clinic provides care to the underserved at Pullman Regional Hospital's Specialty Clinic.

  • Medical students provide basic clinical care to uninsured and underinsured patients.

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Snake River Community Clinic

Located in Lewiston, ID, this clinic serves low‐income clients in the community.

  • Medical students provide basic clinical care to uninsured and underinsured patients.

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Gritman Rock Steady Boxing
  • Students provide assistance during weekly classes. The program exercises consist of: non-contact boxing, balance and mobility training, voice activation strength training, stretching, camaraderie, and fun. The program is designed to improve symptoms and quality of life while increasing neuroplasticity in the brain.
Gritman Teddy Bear Fair
  • Medical students provide health education at a local fair on children’s health run by Gritman Hospital.


SNMA 
  • SNMA Idaho has a mission to provide support and resources to underrepresented undergraduate and high school students interested in a career in Medicine, in the regions surrounding Moscow, Idaho.

Montana service learning projects:


UW School of Medicine students work to address health disparities that are systemically rooted and therefore require interventions beyond direct clinical service.  Students participate in community organizing efforts to influence decision making, policies, and practices.

Health Equity Circle (HEC)

HEC is the advocacy arm of UWSOM. In partnership with local community organizing groups, students participate in a variety of campaigns that address social determinants of health and social justice.


Students collaborate with an array of community partners throughout the WWAMI region to provide basic healthcare to underserved populations. We strive to develop safe, sustainable programming that directly responds to local community needs. All of our projects are student driven and student led.

Montana Mental Health

This clinic represents a partnership between Community Health Partners and WWAMI students.

  • Medical students work under the supervision of a mental health provider to provide basic mental health assessments.
AIDS Outreach
  • Medical students work with a local AIDS prevention program to provide HIV testing.
MT-WWAMI Footcare Clinic
  • Medical students are providing basic footcare and vaccinations at a local warming shelter.


UWSOM students organize a variety of community outreach efforts to bring underrepresented students into the healthcare professions.

Medical Mentorship Program

In partnership with HOPA Mountain, medical student provide mentorship to students interested in pursuing careers in the Health Sciences.

  • Medical students host workshops aimed at raising awareness among underrepresented undergraduates on the path to medical school.

Seattle Service Learning Projects:


UW School of Medicine students work to address health disparities that are systemically rooted and therefore require interventions beyond direct clinical service.  Students participate in community organizing efforts to influence decision making, policies, and practices.

Health Equity Circle (HEC)

HEC is the advocacy arm of UWSOM. In partnership with local community organizing groups, students participate in a variety of campaigns that address social determinants of health and social justice. Campaign examples:

  • Advocates for the Underserved Lobby Day: an interprofessional cohort of students who are concerned about health equity head to the state capital to discuss and lobby for the passage of relevant bills.

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Students collaborate with an array of community partners throughout the WWAMI region to provide basic healthcare to underserved populations. We strive to develop safe, sustainable programming that directly responds to local community needs. All of our projects are student driven and student led.

Community Health Advancement Program (CHAP)

Housed in the Department of Family Medicine, CHAP has been in existence for more than 30 years. CHAP is currently involved in three clinical projects:

  • Dermatology and Foot Care Clinics 
    • Medical students provide dermatology and foot care services to clients at the Downtown Emergency Services Center (DESC).
  • Teeth and Toes
    • Medical students partner with dental students to provide foot care and dental screenings at local shelters.

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Student Health Initiative for Access (SHIFA)

SHIFA is an organization governed by medical students that administers six clinical projects.

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  • Casa Latina Screen and Refer Clinic
    • Medical students provide health screenings at a center for Latinx immigrants.
  • SHIFA Health Fairs
    • Medical students provide health screenings at local health fairs for underserved communities in the Seattle area.
  • Othello Outreach Clinic
    • Medical students provide health screenings at Mercy Housing near the Othello Station where they serve the Somali and broader South Seattle community.
  • RotaCare Free Clinic
    • Medical students work at a diagnose and treat clinic in the Lake City area of Seattle.
  • Aloha Inn Health Outreach Clinic
    • Medical students provide health screening for residents of a transitional housing facility on lower Queen Anne in Seattle.
University District Street Medicine

UDSM is a student-lead interdisciplinary outreach organization engaging, treating and advocating for those on the margins.  Current outreaches include:

  • Elizabeth Gregory Home (Two Sundays per month, 9:00 to 12:00)
    • Adult women's day shelter located at the University Lutheran Church. Open to HS Graduate Students. The site requests women volunteers only based on the vulnerabilities of the population served. Students provide assessment, counseling, basic medical care of clients, and foot care.
  • St. Vincent de Paul (Sunday 11:30am to 2:30pm once per month)
    • Located at Blessed Sacrament Church, students provide assessment, education/counseling, social work opportunities, basic medical care during the dinner.  Concurrent with outreach is the Saint Vincent of Paul Sunday Dinner.
  • Street Outreach (1st and 3rd Fridays, 6:00pm to 8:30pm)
    • Service location covers specific street zones and community sites within the University District, Seattle, including the University Way and ROOTS Young Adult Shelter.  Students engage with those living on the street, distribute of basic supplies, provide resource advice, and partner with van outreach. 
  • Northlake Tiny House Village Outreach (Mondays, 4:30pm to 6:00pm, once per month)
    • This is a housing site for individuals experiencing homelessness.  Students provide basic health assessment and care, counseling, resource guide client, advocacy.
  • ​​​​​​​Health Sciences/UDSM Outreach Van Pilot (First and third Fridays 5:30pm to 8:00pm)
    • ​​​​​​​Working in conjunction with the Street Outreach, students offer supplies, health evaluation, basic care and counseling.  The van is parked at NE 43rd Street and 15th Ave NE.
  • One Health Clinic (2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 6:30 to 9:00pm)
    • ​​​​​​​Supporting 13-25 year olds experiencing homelessness and their pets/support animals at the New Horizons Belltown location.

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UTEST

UWSOM students provide free, anonymous HIV testing and safe sex counseling at Seattle-area support groups on Capitol Hill every Tuesday and Thursday evening. They also provide testing at the annual Seattle/King County Clinic and at local health fairs.

Ophthalmology Interest Group – Student Sight Savers

Medical students provide vision screening at the Seattle/King County Clinic at Key Arena and at local health fairs.


Students provide health education both at local schools and at community health fairs.

  • ROOTS Breakfast Crew
    • Family Medicine Interest Group students cook and serve breakfast at the ROOTS Young Adult Shelter.
  • Tar Wars
    • Medical students visit local elementary schools to help educate young people on the harmful consequences of smoking.
  • SPOTS: Sun Protection Outreach Teaching by Students
    • Medical students present at local high schools to help educate young people about sun protection and skin cancer.
  • Pediatric Interest Group – Othello Outreach Clinic
    • Medical students work with children on fun activities focusing on fine motor skills and nutrition.


UWSOM students organize a variety of community outreach efforts to bring underrepresented students into the healthcare professions.

  • Alliance for Equal Representation in Medicine (AFERM)
    • Medical students conduct mock interviews with underrepresented applicants to medical school
  • Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA)
    • Health fairs
    • Mentorship
  • Camp Neuro and Camp Cardiac
    • Medical students organize camps to expose local high school students to the fields of Neurology and Cardiology.
  • Doctor for a Day
    • Medical students and residents provide middle and high school students of color with exposure to medicine and other health professions through high‐quality, hands‐on workshops in the community.
  • Latino Medical Student Association
    • Health fairs
    • Community outreach
    • Mentorship
  • Northwest Health Career Path Project
    • Medical students are supporting a mapping project that is doing an environmental scan of health sciences high school and undergraduate programs that target underrepresented students

Spokane Service Learning Projects:


UW School of Medicine students work to address health disparities that are systemically rooted and therefore require interventions beyond direct clinical service.  Students participate in community organizing efforts to influence decision making, policies, and practices.

Health Equity Circle (HEC)

HEC is the advocacy arm of the UWSOM. In partnership with local community organizing groups, students participate in a variety of campaigns that address social determinants of health and social justice. More information can be found on their website

ACES of Medicine (Adverse Childhood Events)

Students lead talks and raise awareness of the impact of ACES on health in the healthcare community.


Students collaborate with an array of community partners throughout the WWAMI region to provide basic healthcare to underserved populations. We strive to develop safe, sustainable programming that directly responds to local community needs. All of our projects are student driven and student led.

HOiPE

HOiPE is an organization governed by medical students that administers three clinical projects.

  • Union Gospel Mission (UGM) Saturday Clinic

    • UGM provides medical services to an underserved population of Spokane. At UGM students provide history and physical examinations.
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  • Providence House of Charity (HOC)

    • The House of Charity provides medical services to Spokane residents who are housing insecure.
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  • Health Fairs & Education
    • Medical students provide health screenings and health education at various locations for underserved communities in Spokane.


Refugee Navigators
  • Medical students work with refugee populations in Spokane on healthcare navigation.


Underrepresented in Medicine Student Group
  • Medical students hold workshops and conduct mock interviews with underrepresented applicants to medical school
  • Students host a fall workshop event to raise awareness among underrepresented undergraduates about the path to medical school. They also provide mentoring and shadowing opportunities.
UW Med for Ed
  • Walking School Bus
  • Elementary and high school science education
  • Anatomy demonstration days

Wyoming Service Learning Projects:


UW School of Medicine students work to address health disparities that are systemically rooted and therefore require interventions beyond direct clinical service.  Students participate in community organizing efforts to influence decision making, policies, and practices.

Health Equity Circle (HEC)

HEC is the advocacy arm of the UWSOM. In partnership with local community organizing groups, students participate in a variety of campaigns that address social determinants of health and social justice.


Students collaborate with an array of community partners throughout the WWAMI region to provide basic healthcare to underserved populations. We strive to develop safe, sustainable programming that directly responds to local community needs. All of our projects are student driven and student led.

Diabetes Education Project
  • Medical students are assigned a patient at the Laramie Downtown Clinic with Type 2 diabetes. Students monitor their progress and help them plan additional steps to achieve their goals.

  • Students provide health education both at local schools and at community health fairs.

Health Sciences Health Fair
  • Medical students provide health education at a university-wide health fair.

Stop the Bleed
  • Medical students organize and lead workshops to educate the public on how to pack wounds and use tourniquets in an effort to address lives being lost due to exsanguination.
  • Medical students provide health education at a university-wide health fair.