Serving our neighbors. Building a stronger community.
As a School, we are privileged to enjoy all the resources of the University of Pittsburgh and its affiliation with world-class health care institutions such as the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. With this privilege comes responsibility. And a commitment to using our expertise to serve members of our community.
Because we are a school that educates health care providers from a variety of disciplines, we have the capacity and the knowledge to support and complement health care institutions in the area by coordinating wellness and outreach activities for targeted populations of people. Besides other activities, we routinely provide community-based exercise programs for older adults in nursing facilities, nutrition counseling for children and families in schools and other venues, blood pressure screenings in underserved neighborhoods, and routine foot exams for people with diabetes.
We are proud to announce that we recently created an inter-professional Wellness Pavilion as part of the University’s Community Engagement Center (CEC) in Homewood, a nearby neighborhood in Pittsburgh. Faculty and students from our many SHRS programs provide services to under-represented and underserved individuals, including individual therapies, individual and group counseling, educational classes, group exercises, and wellness and chronic disease management programs. We also participate in special events such as health fairs, sports coaching clinics and monthly support groups for specific diseases or conditions.
Through efforts such as these, we collaborate with other health care providers to provide an integrated health care delivery model. Local communities benefit, our students gain an opportunity to apply their learning, and our faculty and staff have a chance to share their expertise and give back in a meaningful way.
Where do we serve?
Find where SHRS faculty and students are serving our communities, near and far, through the University's interactive Engagement and Outreach Map.
The SHRS Champions program is a student volunteer engagement initiative open to all current SHRS students. SHRS Champions fulfill various responsibilities to make a difference on campus and beyond. You can work with groups such as the school's social media team or individually as a tutor with local school-aged youth.