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Cleveland Community Outreach

Cleveland Campus

Making a difference in our community

Public service is part of our mission, and the Heritage College, Cleveland, focuses on community outreach efforts primarily in northeast Ohio. Through involvement in these efforts, Cleveland campus students, faculty and staff have many opportunities to make a difference in the lives of individuals and families living in our local communities.

Heritage College, Cleveland, students interested in volunteering in the community may also consider enrolling in the TOUCH program, a nationally recognized initiative of the Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents. Students can learn more about the national TOUCH program and how to enroll here. Cleveland students can find out more about the TOUCH program at the Heritage College here.

Students may also find a list of local organizations looking for volunteers at this link. Students who would like to share a TOUCH service opportunity with the SGA director of community outreach can complete this form.

Cleveland Aspiring DOctors Precollege Program

The Heritage College’s Aspiring DOctors Precollege Program is a comprehensive pipeline program targeting high school students from historically underrepresented backgrounds to foster their interest in pursuing careers in science and health.

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Medical Student for a Day

Through collaboration and coordination with the Cleveland-based student members and advisors of the Student National Medical Association, northeast Ohio higher education institutions are invited annually to participate in a half-day session focused on the introduction and exploration of the osteopathic medical student-learning environment of the Heritage College, Cleveland. Students participate in a variety of clinical training stations interwoven by a developed patient case study, as facilitated by several Heritage College students. Participants are able to develop their understanding of medical education, career exploration and the principles of osteopathic medicine through the interactive experiences. For more information, please contact Ryan Clopton-Zymler at rczymler@ohio.edu.

Blood Drive

In coordination with Cleveland Clinic and the American Red Cross, the Student Doctors Serving Cleveland Interest Group has organized blood drives at South Pointe Hospital. The Cleveland Clinic Health System is the #1 user of blood products on the planet, and SDSC Cleveland helps to make sure that patients have access to this medical necessity. There are many ways for students to get involved in blood drives, including promoting the drive, volunteering during the event and giving blood. For more information, please contact Betsy Kerns at kernse@ohio.edu.

Trunk-or-Treat

Sending children door-to-door for trick-or-treating can be a nerve-wracking experience for parents. The Pediatrics Club of Cleveland annually hosts an alternative Halloween event called Trunk-or-Treat. In conjunction with Cleveland Clinic South Pointe Hospital and community organizations, volunteers decorate their vehicle trunks and hand out candy, books and even warm gloves for the winter. It’s a spooktastic and safe event for the children of Warrensville Heights. For more information, please visit the Pediatrics website.

School-Sponsored Career Days

We regularly collaborate with elementary, middle and high schools to provide guest speakers for school-sponsored career events. For more information, please contact Bre Koch at kochb1@ohio.edu.

Campus Tours and Presentations

Schools, youth organizations and other student groups can schedule a tour of the Heritage College, Cleveland. Groups can work with our assistant director of admissions and outreach to plan a day that works for their needs. These visits can include admissions presentations, campus tours, medical student panels, etc. Student groups also can schedule presentations off campus. For more information, please contact Bre Koch at kochb1@ohio.edu

Warrensville Heights Elementary School Reading Program

Every week, Cleveland campus staff, along with Cleveland Clinic South Pointe Hospital staff, volunteer for an hour at Warrensville Heights Elementary School. Sessions consist of children being paired up with a tutor as they take turns reading a preselected story and then answering relevant questions. Tutors focus on phonics, reading fluency and comprehension. Currently, all of the children that South Pointe and Ohio University have worked with passed the Third Grade Reading Guarantee test.