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Community Engagement

Nebraska Methodist College is committed to creating positive change through community outreach.

We recognize the value of deepening our impact by working with organizations that provide services to diverse groups of people.

Building upon a history of community involvement and community-based learning, NMC’s Center for Diversity and Community Engagement (CDCE) works to strengthen community impact and student learning through community outreach.

The CDCE coordinates community engagement experiences to address diverse college and community needs, creates positive social change towards equitable health and cultivates active citizen leaders.

Learn more about NMC's Diversity & Inclusion initiatives.

Vision: Serves as a leader in the development and advancement of Nebraska Methodist College and our community partners.

Mission: Develops, guides and enhances opportunities for community-based student engagement, scholarship, service and learning to improve the health and wellbeing of those we serve.

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Mobile Screening Outreach Programs

Mobile Diabetes Center

The Mobile Diabetes Center is a partnership between Nebraska Methodist College Center for Health Partnerships and the Cosmopolitan, Cornbelt Diabetes Connection.  The partnership works to expand and deepen community health impact by providing NMC students, faculty and alumni with an opportunity to address diabetes health issues for a variety of urban and rural populations.

Childhood Lead Screening Program

Nebraska Methodist College, in partnership with Douglas County Health department, offers point of care lead and hemoglobin testing and outreach initiatives for children under the age of 7 in the Douglas county area aimed to prevent childhood lead exposure and poisoning.

Childhood Developmental Milestone and Social Determinant of Health Screening

Social determinants of health (SDOH) are estimated to account for nearly 75% of one’s health and are important to identify to minimize disparity and positively influence the future health of children. A local community needs assessment documented childhood disparities related to social determinants of health and a lack of access to health care screening.

NMC has partnered with Open Door Mission Lydia House in a project assessing children/families for social determinant of health risk assessment and developmental milestone screening. The goal is to identify unmet physical and social needs and to provide the appropriate resources to address these needs. Health and social risks noted on the screening tools are promptly identified and families are provided the education and referral to community resources.

Started in the Fall of 2020.

In 2021, approximately 65 children were screened and nearly 300 referrals were made for unmet needs surrounding health and development, housing, safety, and nutrition.

National Diabetes Prevention Program

In partnership with the Mobile Diabetes Center, Cornbelt Diabetes Connection and Nebraska DHHS, Nebraska Methodist College offers the CDC National Diabetes Prevention Program to individuals with pre-diabetes or at risk for type 2 diabetes to participate in a free, evidenced-based, high-quality lifestyle change program to reduce their risk of diabetes and improve their overall health.

Calendar: https://calendar.google.com/calendar/u/0/embed?src=mobile.diabetescenter@methodistcollege.edu&ctz=America/Chicago

Signup Genius: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409044eafad28a6ff2-mdcdiabetes

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Festival/Event Participation

Healthy Housing Omaha Healthy Field Day

October 1 - 1
Gene Leahy Mall at The RiverFront, 1001 Douglas Street, Omaha, United States

Come enjoy a day of family fun and become a Healthy Home Hero by helping raise money for Healthy Housing Omaha at our field day event!

The Healthy Housing Field Day event is Saturday, October 1st from 1 - 5pm at the Gene Leahy Mall in Downtown!

They will have food trucks, bounce houses, and many other activities for families to participate in and learn about healthy homes!

Entrance to the event is FREE!

Binational Health Fair

October 8 - 8
Metropolitan Community College, 2909 Edward Babe Gomez Ave, Omaha, NE 68107
MDC Unit not required
Lead Screening only

Binational Health Event

October 15 - 15
902 S 6th St, Council Bluffs, IA 51501
MDC Unit Required
All Care Health Center
Diabetes Screenings
Arrival at 10:30am, Screening 11am-2pm

Women's Connect Flu Shot Clinic

October 22 - 22
720 N 87th St
MDC Unit Not Required
Flu Shot Clinic for Women's Connect
Time: 9am-12pm
Location: NMC Steelcase room & Clark Lobby

Mobile Diabetes Center

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Community Partner Volunteer Opportunities

For more information on other CDCE opportunities or a full list of community partners, please contact the Director of CDCE for more information: kiley.petersmith@methodistcollege.edu

Choose one of our partners below and sign up for a volunteer opportunity today

Other NMC Campus Engagement Opportunities

NMC on Campus Food Pantry volunteer

If you're interested in our summer pantry opportunities, please click here:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0549AAAD2DA7FA7-nmcfood

Interested in checking out our online order form? Or wondering what to donate? Check it out here: https://forms.gle/BGK7vWRet965SQSB9
 
Our items of greatest need:
Adult toothbrushes
Baby wipes
Paper Towel
Toilet paper
Granola bars
Fruit snacks
Apple sauce
Jam/jelly
Oatmeal
Pasta sauce
Ramen
Egg noodles
Popcorn, pretzels, crackers, any sort of snacks
Perishable items-shredded cheese
 
Items can be dropped off at the Clark front desk or left in our TRIO SSS space on the second floor of Clark  

TRIO CLASSIC Upward Bound

TRIO Classic Upward Bound is a federally-funded college preparation program through the U.S. Department of Education.  NMC first received Upward Bound funding in 2007.  The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their precollege performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits.

TRIO Upward Math-Science

TRIO Upward Bound Math-Science is a federally funded college preparation program through the Department of Education that focuses on math and science. NMC first received Upward Bound Math-Science funding in the 2017-18 academic year.

Immersion Trips

Nebraska Methodist College (NMC) alternative-break service immersion trips began in 2004.  Service Immersion trips are a partnership between the Center for Health Partnerships and the academic division offering immersion trips through the NRS 381 - Immersion Experience two credit hour elective course. NMC service immersion trips provide participants with an opportunity for a community based experience of hands-on service and cultural immersion.  These experiences are intended to deepen students' knowledge of community issues, build cultural competence and expand community.

Through focus study, analysis, and social action, these experiences may positively influence the health and well-being of the community.  This immersion course is an intensive community-based learning experience.  Faculty and community leaders will serve as co-facilitators to assist students in building bridges of understanding and knowing others in a meaningful way.  Through an interdisciplinary approach, students will gain global awareness through the study of culture, politics, history, economics, and health care, along with other aspects of diversity.

NMC offers three service immersions each year, which take place during the fall break, winter break and spring break.  If you're interested in participating, fill out the Volunteer Opportunities form.

Careers in Science

Careers in Science is a collaboration with Omaha Central High School and the Central High School Foundation.  It is designed to introduce high school students to health careers and the college preparation necessary to pursue them.  Each year, interested students come to the NMC campus to participate in a program which includes visits to program laboratories, tours of the college and student housing, and a general introduction to higher education in healthcare.

Service Learning Grants -Grant is designed to offer students who are interested in public health and service learning an opportunity to further explore those interests and develop skills for effective health care provision and civic engagement.  If interested, please contact the service learning Liaison Allison Kinney Walker

Faculty Fellows

Faculty Fellows CBPR (Community-Based Participatory Research) is a program which supports faculty in developing, conducting and disseminating community based participatory research.  Faculty Fellows work together with community partners to develop a fuller understanding of community issues and design appropriate interventions.