MD Program

Contact Community Health Outreach

1216 MERF
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2600
Phone:(319) 335-3092
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  • 2nd Year (Cho 2) Overview

    • Students plan and implement projects to address health care for underserved populations (healthcare in the broadest sense, which includes social determinates of health), in line with the mission of the class.
      • Projects continue for at least the duration of one semester.
      • Students should expect to spend an average of two hours a week on projects.
    • Students will define in their project proposals: 
      • Rationale for choosing the project; 
      • goals of the project;
      • the specific plans to meet the goals; 
      • at least one outcome of the project; 
      • evaluation measures.
    • Evaluations are the major determinant of receiving credit for the class. A project does not have to be deemed “successful” to receive credit.
    • In planning their projects, students should outline original and well-defined goals that demonstrate individual initiative to meet a need defined by an agency or community. This is particularly important when students choose to work with community organizations; students’ goals should be in line with those of the organization they will work with. 
    • The student should apply what he or she has learned in CHO 1 to address specific needs or issues within an underserved population. The project should be designed to address these needs, thus providing a service to the community as well as a positive experience for students. 
    • Outcomes are to be designed by the student to benefit the target population in some way. For example, a student may determine that the tenants of a women's shelter lack the transportation necessary for them to make their doctor's appointments. The student then carries out a project that creates a donation fund to provide bus fares, transit schedules and maps to those living in the shelter. 
    • Projects that can be continued and expanded on by students in future classes are encouraged. 
    • All projects must be approved by the CHO Supervisor before implementation. 
    • Students will meet as a group with the course Supervisor periodically to discuss their progress and address any needs the student may have. 
    • Students will present their projects at a CCOM end of the year event; oral presentation is mandatory.