Area Health Education Center (AHEC)

Student And Faculty Service Learning Opportunities in Eastern Connecticut

The Eastern Area Health Education Center (AHEC) and the School of Nursing collaborate with health and human service providers in the eastern region of the state, creating partnerships in education and healthcare that support and strengthen the quality and supply of healthcare providers. The types of service learning opportunities available may be considered informal, as they do not take place in traditional classroom settings or social service sites.

Rather, services frequently take place in the homes, work sites, and community gathering sites. For example, students in academic health care programs may provide an educational program to an individual or a small group during a lunch break at a local farm or warehouse. The educational piece may be a 5 to 10 minute discussion, responding to the questions and concerns of the individuals with the dissemination of information written at an appropriate level in the primarily language of the audience. This is to not diminish the significance of the content provided and the professionalism warranted.

Benefits of Service Learning Opportunities

  • Participation in diverse racial, ethnic, and religious communities
  • Participation in one’s own community as an advocate
  • Leadership skills while managing a community project
  • Planning and organizational skills while implementing a health program
  • Research skills while studying a program impact
  • Development of strong communication skills by working with various
  • Levels of literacy and English proficiency

For additional information, visit AHEC online.