Community Outreach and Engagement

wchhs community outreach collage photoAt Kennesaw State, we believe community engagement is key to connecting university resources with those of the public and private sectors to enrich scholarship, research, and creative activity. We encourage students to connect with the larger community through volunteering and community outreach programs to address critical societal issues and contribute to the public good.

Carnegie Classification

Kennesaw State has been recognized as a national leader in community engagement by the Carnegie Foundation with its Community Engagement Classification and KSU has an Office Of Community Engagement.  The Carnegie Foundation aims to improve higher education and solve inequities in educational outcomes through community outreach programs.

WCHHS helping Communitys Thrive

 Community Engagement and Outreach Initiatives

  • KSU Wellstar Faculty Community Pro Bono WorkOur faculty are engaged (pro bono) in community projects and organizations private, nonprofit and public.

    • ATL Continuum of Care (ACOC)
    • Bethesda Community Clinic
    • Cancer Society
    • Center for Civil and Human Rights Museum
    • Cherokee County Senior Services
    • Children's Health Care of Atlanta
    • Cobb County Family
    • Cobb County Senior Services
    • Department of Public Health
    • Dominican Republican Public Health Project
    • Eluna Network
    • Korean Para-Sports Organization of S.E. USA
    • Latin American Association
    • Mayor's Homelessness Coalition
    • Oh Baby! Fitness
    • One Big Heart Foundation
    • Parkinson Disease Gladiators
    • Philippines Nursing Association of GA
    • Porter Academy
    • Retreat House
    • Safe Kids Cobb
    • Soccer Referee Training
    • The Links, Incorporated
    • The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance
    • Treatment Court
    • Welcoming America
    • WellStar Foundation

     

  • KSU Wellstar Faculty Community Projects and EngagementOur faculty create different types of impact through the community projects and engagement.

    • Changing image of prosthetics among elementary school children
    • Community partners were able to apply for grants, complete strategic plans, and enhance stakeholder relationship
    • Decrease stress level among community residents; improved quality of life of women who are homeless and in recovery
    • Enhanced intersection of community coalitions and partners around behavioral health and substance misuse
    • Enhancing KSU's image related to community commitment
    • Helped a 3rd world community prioritize their health needs
    • Improved cognitive growth among children after death in family
    • Improved health and wellbeing of priority population through community-based projects
    • Improved substance abuse treatment and care
    • Improving referee skills and health promotion through soccer
    • Increased awareness about existing resources
    • Increased awareness about sex-trafficking and strengthened the community's stance on the issue
    • Increased awareness of abilities of people with different abilities
    • Increased family's communication after death of a parent
    • Leader in homeless community
    • Measured and shared impact of kick-boxing with nonprofit organization, family and patients
    • New knowledge that meets organization's goals
    • Organization modified practices based on research knowledge
    • Positively contributing to GA Healthy 2020 goals
    • Prompting health and wellness of elders
    • Provided relevant, meaningful exercises for blood sugar management
    • Providing access to sports for populations that would not have access to sports in other ways
    • Providing health safety net for under and uninsured population
    • Providing hope
    • Raised standard of, and increased awareness about, nursing in the community
    • Reduced cultural and language barriers related to sports opportunities for children of immigrant families
    • Reduction in homelessness within the city
    • Shared findings on factors contributing to burnout among first responders enabling more prevention and intervention strategies
    • Sharing information about body fat and potential risks with community

     

  • KSU Wellstar Students Community ImpactOur students are engaged through internships, service learning and volunteer activities for improving the lives of community residents.

    • Adult health screening
    • Cleaned American Cemetery abroad
    • Created comprehensive sex-education curriculum PFLAG
    • Created social media site for a nonprofit organization
    • Designed new games for HPE curriculum in school
    • Designed procedure, volunteer and human resource manuals
    • Designed Resource directory for agencies to make referrals
    • Developed and implemented capital, marketing campaign, and donor strategies for nonprofit organizations
    • Distribute clean needles and Narceine for harm reduction
    • Educating community on health promotion activities
    • Health fair and exercise session for elderly population
    • Help patients understand disease process
    • Help patients understand management of chronic condition
    • Help staff with setting and strengthening exercise regimens in clinics
    • Improved patient care
    • Increased capacity of grief camp
    • Increased knowledge of community members related to physical activity and exercise
    • Increased service provision capacity of local social service agencies
    • Provide different types of health interventions--education, treating chronic and acute conditions
    • Provided cardiac rehab and physical therapy
    • Provided fitness tests for older adults
    • Provides sports opportunities to populations that are economically marginalized
    • Raised funds and distributed to local sports and wellness organizations serving disenfranchised populations
    • School students learn importance of life-long physical activity
    • Serve prostitutes/sex-trafficked individuals who don't have access to health care
    • Shared impact of ecosystem on physical health of community (interdependence)
    • Stream-lining agency forms and intake process
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  • kSU Wellstar Graduates Community Outreach WorkOur graduates are described as being:

    • Active
    • Aware
    • Bright
    • Capable
    • Caring
    • Caring and giving of self
    • Charismatic
    • Committed
    • Compassionate
    • Competent
    • Creative
    • Curious
    • Dedicated
    • Determined
    • Determined
    • Diverse in interests
    • Diversity
    • Driven
    • Driven to excellence
    • Eager
    • Educated
    • Energized
    • Engaged
    • Enthusiastic
    • Enthusiastic about the field
    • Entrepreneurial
    • Excited
    • Experienced
    • Future leaders
    • Gregarious
    • Happy to join the profession
    • Hardworking
    • Highly intelligent
    • Identity in formation
    • Inspirational
    • Intelligent
    • Intuitive and kind
    • Knowledgeable
    • Life-long learners
    • Motivated
    • Optimistic
    • Outgoing
    • Passionate
    • Practical
    • Prepared
    • Preserving
    • Professional
    • Professionaly oriented
    • Punctual
    • Resilient
    • Resourceful
    • Respectful
    • Self Motivated
    • Shows initiative
    • Skilled
    • Smart
    • Traditional/conservative
    • Trust their competencies
    • Wanting to learn and gain new knowledge
    • Well Informed
    • Well Intentioned
    • Well Prepared
    • Well-exposed
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