The Office of Community Service Programs at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health offers external resources for medical students.

Community-campus partnerships

Community Campus Partnerships for Health: Partnerships between communities and educational institutions working to improve health professions education, civic responsibility and the overall health of communities.

Community health

Asset-Based Community Development: The ABCD Institute spreads its findings on capacity-building community development in two ways: Through extensive and substantial interactions with community builders and by producing practical resources and tools for community builders to identify, nurture, and mobilize neighborhood assets.

Association for Community Health Improvement: The Association for Community Health Improvement's mission is to strengthen community health through education, peer networking and the dissemination of practical tools.

Community and Public Health: Information from American Medical Students Association on focus issue projects, and project resources.

Community-Based Public Health Caucus: The Community-Based Public Health Caucus is guided by the belief that community lies at the heart of public health, and that interventions work best when they are rooted in the values, knowledge, expertise and interests of the community itself.

The Community Guide: Evidence-based recommendations for programs and policies to promote population health.

The Community Tool BoxThe Community Tool Box is the world's largest resource for free information on essential skills for building healthy communities.

Covering Kids and Families: Covering Kids and Families- Wisconsin (CKF) is a coalition of more than 60 organizations committed to reducing the number of uninsured children and families in Wisconsin by making sure those without health insurance know about and can easily enroll in BadgerCare Plus, Wisconsin’s public health insurance program.

The Network: Toward Unity for Health: The Network: TUFH is a global association of individuals, groups, institutions and organizations committed to improving and maintaining health in the communities they have a mandate to serve.

The Wellesley Institute: The Wellesley Institute advances the social determinants of health through community-based research, community engagement and the informing of public policy.

Community service

Contemporary Medical Students’ Quest for Self-Fulfillment Through Community Service: Argues against criticism that contemporary medical students are self-centered, moral relativists without a sense of social responsibility. The author emphasizes that community service experiences bind them closer to society in both a moral and political sense.

The Corporation for National and Community Service: The mission of the Corporation for National and Community Service is to improve lives, strengthen communities and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering. Comprehensive listing of volunteer opportunities in the Dane County area.


The Cross Cultural Health Care Program: The mission of the Cross Cultural Health Care Program is to serve as a bridge between communities and health care institutions to ensure full access to quality health care that is culturally and linguistically appropriate.

DiversityData: The DiversityData project identifies metropolitan area indicators of diversity, opportunity, quality of life and health for various racial and ethnic population groups.

DiversityRx: Promoting language and cultural competence to improve the quality of health care for minority, immigrant and ethnically diverse communities.

Multicultural Pavilion: Advice on how to be a better multicultural educator and information about equity and social justice in health care.

National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities: The mission of the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD) is to promote minority health and to lead, coordinate, support and assess the NIH effort to reduce and ultimately eliminate health disparities.

The Provider's Guide to Quality and Culture: Designed to assist health care organizations in providing high-quality culturally competent services.

Understanding Prejudice: A website for students, teachers and others interested in the causes and consequences of prejudice.

Unnatural Causes: Unnatural Causes is the acclaimed documentary series broadcast by PBS exploring the root causes of socioeconomic and racial inequities in health. The website includes a tool kit and interactive features.

Wisconsin Minority Health Program: The Minority Health Program is the primary point of contact on minority health for the Department of Health Services and develops initiatives to advance the health of racial and ethnic minority communities in Wisconsin.


Alliant Energy Foundation: Since 1998, the Alliant Energy Foundation has contributed more than $26 million to worthwhile projects and organizations. 

Arnold P. Gold Foundation: The Gold Foundation only provides financial support to programs and projects which encourage more compassionate and relationship-centered health care. 

The Channing Bete Company: Listings for private foundations, government sources and other organizations that are currently accepting grant proposals, along with a link to a brief description and a summary of program requirements for each opportunity. 

The Council on Foundations: The Council on Foundations is a Washington, D.C., area-based nonprofit membership association of more than 2,100 grant-making foundations and corporations. 

The Foundation Center: Established in 1956, and today supported by more than 600 foundations, the Foundation Center is the nation's leading authority on philanthropy, connecting nonprofits and the grant makers supporting them to tools they can use and information they can trust. 

The Grantsmanship Center: Lists top grant-making foundations and funding sources by state. 

RGK Foundation: By seeking innovative projects in the area of health, education, human services and community affairs, the Foundation strives to advance knowledge, improve society and help realize human potential.

Wisconsin Medical Society: The Foundation Board of Trustees directs resources to achieve the following two strategic goals: Keep physicians in Wisconsin and promote physician-led community-based projects to improve public health. 

Youth Serve America: Improving communities by increasing the number and the diversity of young people, ages 5-25, serving in substantive roles. 

Service learning

Doctors Back to School: The main goal of DBTS is to increase the number of minority physicians and ultimately work toward eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities. The program sends minority physicians and medical students into the community as a way to introduce children to professional role models.

Generator School Network: A national network of members dedicated to advancing service-learning as a core part of every young person's education. Service-learning is a teaching method that engages young people in solving problems within their schools and communities as part of their academic studies or other type of intentional learning activity.

The Morgridge Center for Public Service: The Morgridge Center for Public Service advances the Wisconsin Idea by promoting civic engagement, strengthening teaching and learning and building collaborative partnerships through public service, service learning and community-based research. 

National Campus Compact: A national coalition of more than 900 college and university presidents committed to the civic purposes of higher education. Campus Compact promotes community service that develops students' citizenship skills and values, encourages partnerships between campuses and communities, and assists faculty who seek to integrate public and community engagement into their teaching and research. 

Underserved populations

Association of Clinicians for the Underserved: A nonprofit, interdisciplinary organization whose mission is to improve the health of underserved populations by enhancing the development and support of the health care clinicians serving these populations.

Cover the Uninsured: Cover the Uninsured, a project of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is a national effort to highlight the fact that too many Americans are living without health insurance and to demand solutions from our nation's leaders.

National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics: Founded in 2001 by Free Clinic leaders from across the country, the NAFC supports community-based, nonprofit, volunteer-supported free clinics serving the uninsured and underinsured. NAFC leadership focuses on bringing advocacy, networking and needed resources to free clinics to help them face their many challenges.

National Health Care for the Homeless Council: Presents the latest research and conferences with resources for health care professionals.