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Distance Learning: Community Based Service Learning Partnerships

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Meryl S. McNeal

, PhD

Morehouse School of Medicine Director, Center for Community Health and Service Learning

Associate Professor, Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine

Sponsor: SPCC Atlanta AHEC
(404) 589-1110

Session Description:
This session will provide definitions for service learning and community based service learning. It will include ideas on how communities can benefit from service learning partnerships, what communities can expect from service learning students and the pros and cons of service learning programs.

Examples of projects designed to meet community needs will be shared.

Session Objectives:
At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:
  1. Define Service Learning and will be able to list four components of quality service learning and community based service learning programs.
  2. Define the Morehouse School of Medicine model of service learning, community based service learning and civic engagement.
  3. List benefits of partnering with schools and universities to meet community needs through service learning projects.
  4. List several ways that service learning programs can assist AHECs programs to meet their goals and objectives.

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