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Infrastructure for Teaching and Learning in the Community: Johns Hopkins University Student Outreach Resource Center (SOURCE)

Levin, Mindi B. MS, CHES; Rutkow, Lainie JD, PhD, MPH

Journal of Public Health Management & Practice: July/August 2011 - Volume 17 - Issue 4 - p 328–336
doi: 10.1097/PHH.0b013e3182140bb5
Original Article

As health professional schools strive to offer students meaningful, structured community engagement activities, various support structures are needed. In 2005, Johns Hopkins University's Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health launched the interdisciplinary community service and service-learning center, Student Outreach Resource Center (SOURCE), which operates through reciprocal partnerships between the Hopkins schools and local community-based organizations. SOURCE is recognized on campus and in the Baltimore community for its ability to recruit and prepare students to collaborate with local partners on a wide range of practice initiatives, through both curricular and cocurricular offerings. This article describes SOURCE's history and formation, process for creating authentic partnerships, services and programs, governance, and lessons learned. In a short period of time and with a modest financial investment, the expertise and infrastructure provided by SOURCE have greatly benefited both the participating community-based organizations and the Johns Hopkins health professional schools.

In 2005, Johns Hopkins University's Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health launched the interdisciplinary community service and service-learning center, Student Outreach Resource Center. This article describes Student Outreach Resource Center's history and formation, process for creating authentic partnerships, services and programs, governance, and lessons learned.

SOURCE (Student Outreach Resource Center), Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health, Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, Maryland (Ms Levin); and Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland (Dr Rutkow).

Correspondence: Mindi B. Levin, MS, CHES, Student Outreach Resource Center, 2017 E Monument St, Baltimore, MD 21205 (mlevin@jhsph.edu).

Submitted as an invited revised manuscript to Journal of Public Health Management and Practice.

The authors thank SOURCE's founding team (Sandy Angell, Mike Barone, David Dowdy, Lori Edwards, Mark Farfel, Earl Fox, Rob Hradsky, David Nichols, Graeme Woodworth, and Jim Yager) and staff (Aita Amaize, Seth Christman, Lori Hackett, Jessica Harrington, Cherise Roberts, Glenn Ross, and Jennifer Yogi). The authors also thank SOURCE's Community Council, partner community-based organizations, Governing Board, and participating students, faculty, and staff.

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