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Community Engagement

Committed to connecting with the world around us


To extend the boundaries of Ohio University to enrich the quality of lives, especially for individuals in underserved and vulnerable populations, through interprofessional and community collaborations.



The College of Health Sciences and Professions is proud to provide our students with service learning and volunteer opportunities, and our faculty with community-based research opportunities. Students and faculty can truly engage with underserved rural and vulnerable populations throughout the region in ways that promote understanding and appreciation of the values and lifestyles of Appalachian people. In turn, local communities benefit from university resources, information and education.

The college's Office of Community Engagement is committed to supporting faculty, staff and students in their community outreach efforts, as well as forging new partnerships that foster community outreach. Current opportunities are available in health, social, educational and public agencies locally, regionally and statewide.

Watch our community engagement videos:

Community Outreach to Children Community Outreach to Adults

CHSP community engagement initiatives

Albert Schweitzer Fellows : The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF) is improving the health of vulnerable people now and in the future by developing a corps of Leaders in Service: professionals skilled in creating positive change with and in our communities, our health and human service systems, and our world. Through community-based, mentored direct service and a multidisciplinary, reflective leadership development program, ASF is building community capacity and training a professional workforce. To date, nearly 2,500 Schweitzer Fellows have delivered nearly 500,000 hours of service to nearly 300,000 people in need. This is a unique partnership between Ohio University's College of Health Sciences and Professions and Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Ohio State University.


Atrium Cafe : The cafe, an independently-run public eatery that is part of the College of Health Sciences and Professions, offers fresh, organic, local foods. All meals are produced daily by a variety of student team members, including Dietetics and Nutrition students under the direction of Chef Francis McFadden, assistant professor in the School of Applied Health Sciences and Wellness. Labs are also run out of the kitchen to provide students in related courses of study with hands-on lessons about contemporary food service management, and food and wellness. The Atrium Cafe is committed to bringing delicious, healthy, homemade meals to the Ohio University community as well as offering quick and easy snacking options.


Child Advocacy Center : A unique university/community partnership, the Child Advocacy Center (CAC) supports area organizations in their work with children who have experienced sexual abuse and their non-offending family members. Advanced Child Life graduate students have been incorporated into programming to prepare and support children through medical procedures. Students from a variety of majors within CHSP engage in internship, practicum and class projects through the CAC.


Children's Defense Fund Ohio : CDF Ohio is working to expand services for children and families in Appalachia—specifically to meet the needs of poor and minority children and those with disabilities—though research, community outreach and student involvement at Ohio University.


Kids on Campus : The cornerstone of CHSP's community engagement and outreach, KOC has a 20-year history of providing summer and after-school programing that offers educational, nutritional and recreational opportunities to the region's children. Hundreds of OHIO students each year take advantage of employment and internship opportunities to work with the area's economically disadvantaged and academically at-risk children.


Washington-Morgan Community Action Program : A longstanding human service provider in Washington and Morgan Counties, Washington-Morgan CAP offers more than 50 programs committed to underserved individuals and families living in both counties. Services range from healthcare to meal delivery and food sustainability. A recent partnership with CHSP has provided students the opportunity to make a difference in these communities through employment and internship opportunities.


WellWorks : The area's premier fitness program, WellWorks serves both Ohio University employees and members of the surrounding community. In addition to fitness programs, WellWorks offers a wide array of wellness services including massage, nutrition and personal training. Wellness programming combines academic and experiential learning for students, as well.

Departmental community engagement initiatives

Energized to engage beyond the classroom


No matter which CHSP school you choose, you will have ample opportunity to become involved in the community through student organizations, service learning classes, research and other outreach programming for both faculty and students. Learn how you can get involved with one of the many  CHSP student organizations  committed to community engagement by contacting Rebecca Miller at  millerr9@ohio.edu.

CHSP Community Engagement Grant Application


Community Partners

Most community engagement and outreach occurs in Athens, Jackson and Vinton counties with additional efforts regionally and across the state. Special events—such as various 5K runs, donation drives, T-shirt and bake sales—are common among organizations and classes college-wide. In addition, the college collaborates with community organizations in various educational efforts for community adults and children and programming to support children, the elderly, and individuals with disabilities and their families.

Some of our partner organizations include:

Become a Partner

Many other community organizations are doing good work in our area. If your organization is one of them, we invite you to become a CHSP community partner. Becoming a partner means your organization will be able to work with CHSP student organizations, clubs and classes with service learning components, as well as accept internship and practicum students. We're eager to partner with you to ensure a strong and sustainable relationship.



Rebecca Miller
Director of College and Community Partnerships

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