The Office of Community Service Programs strives to increase the capacity of students and local communities to address societal issues by facilitating the establishment of community-campus partnerships.

The goals of these partnerships are to: 

  • Link students with community agencies in underserved communities
  • Facilitate community-based participatory research 
  • Promote the use of effective health promotion strategies 
  • Engage medical students in meaningful learning experiences incorporating service and civic engagement
  • Provide useful contributions to community partners, addressing a need identified as meaningful by the community

The Office of Community Service Programs at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health strives to realize the principles of good community-campus partnerships as defined by Community-Campus Partnerships for Health: 

  • Partners have agreed upon mission, values, goals and measurable outcomes for the partnership
  • The relationship between partners is characterized by mutual trust, respect, genuineness and commitment
  • The partnership builds upon identified strengths and assets, but also addresses areas that need improvement 
  • The partnership balances power among partners and enables resources among partners to be shared
  • There is clear, open and accessible communication between partners, making it an ongoing priority to listen to each need, develop a common language and validate/clarify the meaning of terms
  • Roles, norms and processes for the partnership are established with the input and agreement of all partners
  • There is feedback to, among and from all stakeholders in the partnership, with the goal of continuously improving the partnership and its outcomes 
  • Partners share the credit for the partnership's accomplishments
  • Partnerships take time to develop and evolve over time

For more information about Community-Campus Partnerships, visit the CCPH website