Rachel D’Amico, Ohio State University College of Medicine
D’Amico is promoting health education in rural Ohio teenagers with congenital heart defects. She will be accomplishing this by videoconference, where she will discuss important health topics like insurance, medications, and ways for the participants to become more self-sufficient. Through this project, she hopes to foster confidence and empowerment as teenagers prepare to transfer to adult care.
Community Site: Columbus Ohio Adult Congenital Heart (COACH) Outreach Clinics
Jennifer Brubaker, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Brubaker is addressing mental health in rural Appalachian communities in Ohio by providing arts in residence experiences for women and children who are survivors of domestic violence. The project goals are to generate an environment for emotional expression, sensory experience, and social connectedness. By supporting art-making and creativity, the project also encourages self-determination and self-advocacy.
Community Site: The Edna Brooks Foundation
Amy Buck and Alyssa Greenwell, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Buck and Greenwell are addressing chronic lifestyle-related diseases in underserved populations of Southeast Ohio by establishing an education program. This program focuses on intervention and prevention of chronic lifestyle-related diseases by targeting nutrition, exercise, and stress management. Participants will learn how to slowly incorporate healthy lifestyle changes into their lives. Each session included an education portion followed by hands-on demonstrations of healthy food preparation, meal planning, easy at-home exercises, and stress management techniques. Not only do these classes teach the individual how to be healthy, but also establish a support system for maintaining these healthy behaviors in these communities.
Community Site: Lifestyle Medicine Clinic/Heritage Community Clinic
Dan Crawford, Ohio State University College of Optometry and Lauren Sabo, Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
Dan and Lauren are establishing a respite camp for children with special needs and their families. The goal is not only to allow these kids to experience life as a Buckeye, but also to provide parents with access to much needed resources for the whole family.
Emma Haas and Jessica Balhorn, The Ohio State of Occupational Therapy
Balhorn and Haas addressing the need for increased community integration and access to resources of various refugee groups in Northeast Columbus by establishing a weekly group. The group will introduce available resources in the community, increase social supports and self-efficacy while living in a new country.
Community Site: US Together
Bahman Shahri and Mohamed Amira, Ohio University Patton College of Education
Shahri and Amira help K-12 students in the Athens, Ohio area to gain knowledge and understanding of local, regional, and national issues from a global perspective. Moreover, through structured workshops, students will develop a set of global competencies including critical thinking, the ability to communicate, and respect different cultures and backgrounds. They will also explore way to be actors within their local communities while having the sense of belonging to the larger global community.