SNHS in the Community

October 06, 2015


SNHS students gain hands-on experience through community-based projects, clinical and volunteer experiences

Associate Professor Justin Jones and Eileen Li and Katherine Magri, alumnae from Simmons DPT program (pictured left), participated in the  MIT Science of Baseball, a summer program for young men and women that ties science to baseball with the goal of creating active learners in mathematics and physical sciences. Our alumni presented on the PT profession, the common baseball injuries PTs see, and also created a lab exercise where they used a goniometer, a device to measure the angular range of motion of the shoulder in their peers. 

Nursing students and faculty will play a role in keeping the Simmons community well this fall and winter - by helping the Simmons Health Center give hundreds of flu shots to the Simmons community.

Operation House Call, an annual program offered at SNHS in collaboration with The Arc of Massachusetts, gives SNHS students the chance to meet and learn from families in the community who have loved ones with intellectual/developmental disability. Small groups of nursing, nutrition and physical therapy students will make home visits to learn about each family’s daily lives, supports and experience of health care. Operation House Call builds sensitivity and modern expertise into students’ awareness that they will use in their professional practice.

A group of nutrition students in Introduction to Community Nutrition this semester will design and teach lessons to promote healthy eating with low income preschool age children at Head Start. Another group will be at an area YMCA to design and implement wellness activities for its “Teen Night” aimed at low income middle school-aged kids.

More than 45 nursing students (pictured left), part of Simmons Dotson Bridge and Mentoring program, volunteered at Mattapan Community Health Center’s 19th Annual Health Care Revival in September. A day dedicated to "Our Health. Our Power. Our Community," Simmons students assisted with Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar, and Cholesterol screenings, and were part of the Physical Wellness, Diabetes Prevention, and Women's Health Awareness Tents.

As part of PT 750 Health Promotion and Wellness, Advocacy with Service Learning, 24 third year DPT students will complete service learning at six different community-based partners this semester: Boston Healthcare for the Homeless (Hand 2 Hand), Playworks at the Tobin Elementary School, Community Reentry for Women (C.R.E.W.) through Project Place at the Suffolk County House of Corrections, Mount Pleasant Home, Adventure Challenge at the Martha Eliot Health Center, and the Boys and Girls Club in Charlestown. At these sites, students will examine social determinants of health and address prevalent health problems at the individual, school/workplace, and community levels, by providing prevention, interventional, and behavior change strategies.

Graduate nutrition students will work on nutrition-related projects and write grants for area non-profit community agencies through NUTR 452: Nutrition Practice: Program Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation. 

Seventy nursing students are completing clinical rotations at various community health settings this semester -- VA clinics, Assisted and Senior Living Communities, Medical Respite Care for Boston's homeless population, Departments of Public Health. Through these clinical experiences will promote health of individuals, families and communities and gain knowledge they’ll use to provide culturally competent nursing care in the community.

MIT Science of Baseball photo courtesy of Joe Diaz
Dotson Bridge and Mentoring program photo courtesy of LaDonna Christian