Student Opportunities

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Douglas County Health Department ( All those interested should email me at to declare you interest by August 27th. )

GOAL:  “Cocooning” newborns/infants who are not yet fully protected from Pertussis by immunizing those  uninsured/unimmunized adults in closest contact w/ them.
STRATEGY:    Utilizing existing DCHD programs  (WIC, Imz Clinic; STD Clinic) as resources  to deliver these immunizations to eligible adults 

  • Researching the “cocooning” issue; historically, what has worked/what hasn’t (where have been the pitfalls)
  • Educating staff on importance of Tdap/developing appropriate educational resources for staff use
  • Developing  appropriate educational messaging for/ recruitment process of eligible adults who will receive immunization
  • Working w/ all three DCHD clinic sites (WIC; Imz Clinic; STD Clinic)
  • Tracking  characteristics of those who do receive immunizations and where they receive them


  • Developing a “profile” of the women who do actually receive the immunization, *(as well as perceiving the importance of having their families do the same.)
  • Identifying which DCHD system is most efficient/effective (site/time, etc.) in providing this resource
  • Identifying what messaging/recruitment processes are most successful
  • Educating DCHD staff re: the relevance of this issue
  • Determining overall cost effectiveness 

ALS in the Heartland 

Possible SL/CE opportunities at the ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) in the Heartland, a non-profit resource of free services and support to ALS patients, their families and caregivers throughout all of Nebraska and western Iowa. (Possible applicable department/concentration in parenthesis)

  •  Patient, Family, Community Education (HPRO)
  • Respite Care Assistance (HSRA)
  • Equipment Loan Program (HSRA)
  • Telehealth (HSRA)
  • Support groups
  • Home Modifications (ENV)
  • Advocacy
  • Research (BIOS, EPI)
  • Data collection (BIOS, EPI)
  • Creating resources and materials
  • Grant writing
  • Talk with political reps about continuing funding and creating national registry (HPOL)

Center for Preparedness

  • Community Education on household preparedness
  • Resources for household notification procedures
  • Stock piling of supplies


  • Capstone projects could be focused on data analysis, data translation, programmatic issues, evaluation, or policy development.
  • The opportunities include working in
    • infant mortality
    • preconception health
    • life course
    • adolescent health
    • health equity / health disparities
    • racial/ethnic disparities
    • prevention of substance-exposed pregnancies
    • public health administration

Franciscan Care Ministries

  • Community Health Survey
    • Barriers Preventing residents from medical care
    • Taking prescriptions
    • Engaging in healthy behaviors
    • Do area employers plan on providing insurance, thoughts of health reform as it relates to business
    • Wellness at work programs with area employers

Girls INC

  • Inner-city adolescent girls ages 11-14 will conduct a 12-week CBPR project consisting of eight modules:
    • 1) Start Our Project (i.e., choose an advisory board);
    • 2) Decide Our Community’s Needs (using Photovoice);
    • 3) Decide What We Want To Change (i.e., use pictorial symbols to organize pictures taken and decide on a target topic);
    • 4) Plan Our Project (i.e., vote on a specific intervention);
    • 5) Do Our Project (i.e., implement a brief intervention);
    • 6) Evaluate Our Project (i.e., collect data and enter into the CTB workstation);
    • 7) Make Sure Our Project Continues (i.e., plan for sustainability and dissemination); and
    • 8) Celebrate Our Success (i.e., a dinner for participants, families, and board members; presentations by the girls at local/state conferences).

Health Promotion at UNMC: Worksite Health Promotion

  • Evaluate the current Wellstream health risk assessment offered through Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Improve participation in the annual Wellstream health risk assessment
  • Increasing physical activity levels (particularly while at the worksite)
  • Improving nutrition (particularly increasing consumption of fiber, fruits and vegetables and decreasing consumption of high fat foods)

Metro Area Continuum of Care for the Homeless(MACCH)

  • Develop prescription tracking and retrieval for people experiencing homelessness. 
  • Create a better data system to help people who are homeless with health conditions.  
  • Screening and  assessment for all people who enter homelessness regardless of agency or program.

Nebraska AIDS Project

  • Anti-Stigma project
  • Capture the stories of NAP clients
  • Plan, organize, advertise and volunteer on NAP’s annual Goodwill Drive
  • Organize and prepare one nutritionally sound lunch on a Friday for NAP clients
  • Help administer a client satisfaction survey for NAP client services

Office of Minority Health

  • Minority Health Data, Disparities and Inequities
    • Minority Heath Disparities Research and Funding in NE
    • Assessment and Improving of quality of life issues among immigrants and refugees in NE
    • Minority Populations in Sarpy County
    • Social Marketing in Douglas County
    • Community Outreach
    • Material Development

One World Community Center

  • Hypertension awareness
    • "Know your numbers" campaign
  • School Health Promotion

Preventative Prenatal Oral Health Initiative

  • Aim to institute a preventive dental program for pregnant women and to study its effectiveness over a period of time by comparing the oral health outcomes in their children.
  • The project will involve comparing oral health status of two groups of children: ones whose mother’s will receive information and training on oral health promotion and disease prevention strategies as a part of their prenatal care regimen and the controls will be the group whose mother’s will be receiving regular prenatal care and advice (as done at present)
  • Children will be followed from birth to until about 5 to 6 years of age, and the DMFT and dental treatment expenses will be compared.
  • The project will include collaborating with the medical center and dental department, developing the educational tools and materials, training pregnant women and dental follow up.

United Methodist Ministries

  • Baseline analysis of food security in rural Southeast Nebraska
  • Analysis of community capacity development is a way to improve health in both rural and urban settings
  • Evaluation/documentation of community gardens as catalysts for improved nutrition and healthier eating

Additional Service Learning/Capstone  Experience Sites


Contact SLA
Service-Learning Academy
University of Nebraska Medical Center
986075 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE  68198-6075


Ruth Margalit MD - Director
Phone: 402-559-7458,


Laura Vinson - SLA Coordinator
Phone: 402-559-4191

Cole Boyle
Phone: 402-552-7202