Service-learning holds a special place in the history of Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) because CCPH grew out of the first and still the only national demonstration program of service-learning in health professions education. The program, called the Health Professions Schools in Service to the Nation (HPSISN), ran from 1995-1998 and was funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service, The Pew Charitable Trusts and the 17 participating institutions. The program led to a widely cited definition of service-learning (above) and formed the foundation for our continued leadership role in service-learning in higher education.
Below we summarize our work on service-learning and highlight our most requested resources. Visit our Resources pages for additional papers, reports, presentations and other products.
Mobilize knowledge: We made a strategic decision at the start of the HPSISN program to not create a listserv focused on service-learning in the health professions and instead fully support and participate in the Higher Education Service-Learning Listserv sponsored by the National Service-Learning Clearinghouse. The listserv is an essential source for timely service-learning news, professional development opportunities and funding announcements.
The knowledge gained through the HPSISN program and our subsequent service-learning initiatives have produced reports, toolkits and assessment tools:
Provide training and technical assistance: From 1997-2011, CCPH held annual service-learning institutes that have trained over 250 faculty, staff and community partners and led to over 100 service-learning courses and programs. A unique and effective component of the Institute was a mentoring model in which participants worked in small groups and as individuals with mentors (the term we use for institute instructors) to further shape their own action plans for service-learning and form a peer support network (see this document and scroll to page 533). Institute proceedings provide an overview of the content typically covered and this peer-reviewed paper presents the service-learning framework developed at the institute.
Although we are not currently offering service-learning institutes, we are continuing to provide service-learning training and technical assistance:
Conduct research: To understand the long-term sustainability and impact of service-learning, we studied the ten-year outcomes of the HPSISN program. Conducted by Amanda L. Vogel as her dissertation work for the PhD in Health Policy at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the study identified what factors influenced the sustainability of service-learning in the HPSISN cohort of 17 health professional schools and explored its long-term impact. Click on the title to open and print the corresponding paper or report: