Long Beach: Enhancing Graduate Student Learning in Community Health
The National Council of La Raza/CSU Long Beach Center for Latino Community Health, Evaluation and Leadership established a permanent graduate certificate program to enhance graduate student preparedness to envision, design, implement and evaluate health-related, community-based participatory research and interventions to address childhood obesity. The program, “Sanos y Fuertes/Healthy and Strong,” prepared 35 graduate students with the training, tools and skills needed to provide culturally and linguistically relevant and science-based childhood nutrition, overweight and obesity education, and chronic disease prevention to Latino communities. The students conducted a needs assessment using focus groups and provided five pilot health education sessions for 50 Latino families with children ages 2-8. Approximately 170 individuals were served. This is an ongoing project funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
“Service learning helped me to see the importance of giving back to the community and how it can change a person's life for the better.”
—From a student survey
promoting healthy people and healthy places:
Creating Healthy Smiles (CHS) is a CSU Bakersfield student-initiated organization established by the Pre-Dental Club on campus, with the purpose of promoting oral hygiene among pre-K through 2nd grade students, including those with special needs.
CSU San Marcos (CSUSM) Kinesiology professor Paul Stuhr is raising the importance for the need to include physical education (PE) in K-12 schools. Dr. Stuhr has developed the only program in San Diego County that provides pre-service physical education teachers with 90 hours of supervised PE teaching experience, prior to students beginning their credential programs.