Fall 2013 USF Health Service Corps Photo Gallery
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This photo gallery includes pictures of USF students engaged in  many of the USF Health Service Corps events between October  through  December of 2013. As you view these photos and the summaries of these events, you will notice their truly interdisciplinary nature, with students in the  different USF Health academic programs, as well as pre-health professional USF students, learning, serving and having fun together!   In fact, the  comprehensive  website at Fall 2013 Service Corps Opportunities lists descriptions of all of the meaningful service events and projects offered by the USF Health Service Corps for this same time period.      

Students  -  We hope that you  will enjoy  these photos!  Would you like to participate in some additional FUN service events and make a positive difference in our local community? Then we encourage you to visit the USF Health Service Corps Events & Projects  website to find out about upcoming service opportunities for the current semester!  Also, if you would you like some personalized advice on finding service projects that will meet your interests and your busy schedule, then feel free to contact the USF Health Service Corps Coordinator, Ellen Kent, MPH, CPH, at ekent@health.usf.edu   or 813-974-6622 and she will be happy to help you!  _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Saturday, October 5th  The F.A.I.R: Family Abilities Information Rally - A Cross Disabilities Event at All People's Life Center  

Our USF Health students from the College of Public Health and Medicine led children and their families in a variety of FUN interactive activities at the Keep Away the Germs’ and 'Stay Away from Smoking'  and 'Fitness' stations. 


Wednesday, October 9th  -  Walk Your Child to School Day at West Chase Elementary with SJCH and Safe Kids! 

Our COPH graduate and undergraduate students assisted experts with Saint Joseph's Children's Hospital and Safe Kids with this important community event to teach kids and their parents about the importance of safe walking and bicycling to school.    


Wednesday evening, October 16th  -  Love a Senior Evening at Weinberg Village!

USF  medical, public health, pharmacy, and speech pathology  students helped the seniors with braiding their own Challah (bread) loaves during this evening of camaraderie !

See additional photos at Love a Senior Evening. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 Thursday, October 17th - Give Life Day at the COPH

See also Give Life Day Flyer


Once again, the  USF Health Service Corps collaborated successfully with our community partners to provides an opportunity for the USF Health  community to 'give life and give hope' to othersHere are the impressive outcomes:


Blood drive:  45  people registered to give blood, and 40 people were able to donate blood.   

National Marrow Donor Program:  52 people registered for the NMDP -  Be

the Match Program.   

This was possible due to the combined efforts of our enthusiastic and well-informed COPH student volunteers and our MCOM student volunteers with American Medical Association. 


Donate Life Florida:  17 people registered as an organ/tissue donor.  


   NEW this year – we also created a "Public Health is Mental Health' table featuring counseling resources on the USF campus & in the community  and suggestions for ‘how to reduce stress’. 


See additional photos at Give Life Day. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 Saturday, October 19th -

Hillsborough County Head Start Health Festival at Al Lopez Park   


 Our COPH undergraduate and graduate students assisted  our community partners with St Joseph's Children's Hospital and Florida Poison Information Center Tampa with  a variety of safety education activities.


 October 19th   -  Saturday Safety Day at MOSI




See  additional photos at MOSISafetyDay.


Sunday, October 20th  -  USF Health Service Corps - Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association Health Fai 



Tuesday, October 22nd  - Our USF  Health Day of Service at Metropolitan Ministries


41 students and 21  faculty and staff, from the Colleges of Medicine,  Pharmacy and   Public Health teamed up to  help out in 5 different  volunteer stations throughout the day.





See additional photos at Metropolitan Ministries


Friday, October 25th - The 17th Annual COPH-USF Health Flu Shot Drive  


This year, 1326 adults from USF and our local community benefited from the FREE flu shot drive.  

There was NO cost at all to the USF community and to the public – it was free of charge.

The COPH underwrites the cost of the vaccine, which is supplied by the Hillsborough County Health Department. (HCHD).  Some highlights from this years event include:

25  outstanding  medical and nursing student volunteers skillfully administered the flu shots;   

52 enthusiastic and knowledgeable public health student volunteers helped with the key aspects of refreshments, registration, meet and greet, and health education exhibits;

6 College of Pharmacy students  led an excellent information station about the Shot for Life campaign and their academic program;

Clinical supervision was provided by USF Health clinical faculty, a Hillsborough County Health Department nurse, and our  occupational medicine residents. 

The COPH  & USF Health Service Corps also partnered with many other community and university partners to plan and implement this successful annual event.






See additional  photos at 2013FlushotDrive and


story at 'USF Health helps make life better with free flu shots' .



Saturday, October 26th - Health fair at Wholesome Community Ministries in Wimauma

Our public health, medicine, nursing and pharmacy students contributed to this truly interdisciplinary Service Corps event!


See  additional photos at Wholesome Ministries health fair.


Saturday, October 26th - 

USF Health Service Corps and USF American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin Health Fair at the India Festival  of Tampa Bay 

Our USF medical students contributed to the health screenings for adults who were participating in this unique cultural festival.  


Tuesday, October 29th - Health Screenings at USF Human  Resources Fair

Our  USF  nursing and medical students teamed up to provide  health screenings for USF employees, under the clinical supervision of CON faculty.

See additional photos at: Employeebenefitshealthscreenings2013


Tuesday, October 29th - Halloween/Fall Festival and Dessert Party at the Hope Lodge

USF  public health, medicine and speech pathology students brought cheer and delicious desserts to the residents at the American Cancer Society’s Benjamin Mendick Hope Lodg!  



  See additional photos at:  



  Wednesday, October 30th - John Knox Village Halloween Masquerade Ball  

  Our students enjoyed quite a lively evening with the super seniors at John Knox Village!



See additional photos at JohnKnoxVillageHalloweenParty2013


Friday, November 1st - Gardening Service Day with the Tampa Bay Refugee Task Forc  –  The USF Health Service Corps student volunteers  from the  Colleges of Medicine and Public Health helped with weeding and planting seeds!

See additional photos at: Gardening November1 .


Thursday,  November 7th - Health screenings for Veterans at the

   Tampa Bay Buccaneers Military Resource Fair




Saturday, November 9th  - Step Out for Diabetes Walk at USF


Our USF COM and CON students provided blood pressure screenings, diabetic foot checks and health education in the "Wellness Zone" .




Saturday, November 9th -  Our first USF Health Service Corps Health Fair for the Haitian community !


What a successful interdisciplinary community event!


Our medical and nursing students led the blood pressure, blood sugar and blood cholesterol screenings;

Our medical students led a practical nutrition education station; 

Our pharmacy students led education stations pertaining to immunizations and prevention of cardiovascular diseases; and 

 Our public health and students teamed up with Club Creole to lead the Passport to Safety activities for youth!

The  USF Health Service Corps also partnered with other community and university partners to plan and implement this successful event (Area Health Education Center, St.  Joseph's Children's Hospital/Safe Kids and Florida Department of Transportation.)










See additional photos at Haitian Health Fair.



Saturday, November 16th -  Our first USF Health Service Corps Health Fair for the Ethiopian community !


This was another successful interdisciplinary community event, with:

Our medical and nursing students leading the health education stations and blood pressure, blood sugar and blood cholesterol screenings  for adults and

our public health and undergraduate pre-health professional students leading the  

interactive health and safety education activities for youth.


 Once again, the  USF Health Service Corps also partnered with other community and university partners to plan and implement this successful event (Area Health Education Center, St.  Joseph's Children's Hospital/Safe Kids and Florida Department of Transportation.)







See additional photos at Ethiopian health fair .


 Great American Teach In  2013



USF students in the Colleges of  Public Heath, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Education,  shared their enthusiasm about their future health professions as well as some tips about staying healthy, with local youth.




See additional photos at  Great American Teach In 2013 .


(Note:  There are many other opportunities for teaching in the schools throughout the year.  Students are welcome  to contact Ellen Kent at  ekent@health.usf.edu  if they are interested and she will be happy to 'match' them up with one of our 'partner' schools.)


Our   Fall  Community Food Drive ! 

This drive was sponsored by: USF Health Service Corps, USF Health Office of Shared Student Services and USF Health, see also   Fall 2013 food drive flyer What Impressive outcomes this year! 

First, we had a successful and friendly competition between students in ALL of our USF Health academic programs and we collected 35  very  LARGE  boxes of food - check out the results:  Physical therapy students: 14 boxes;  public health students: 9  boxes; medical students: 7 boxes; nursing students: 3 boxes;  Pharmacy students : 1 box;   COM graduate students: 1 box.

In  addition, we collected another 17 LARGE boxes of food from the following USF Health sites:  Shimberg Health Sciences Library;  USF Health Faculty Office building; USF Health Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation;  and Gray's College Bookstore.   (thank you to our university partners!) 

So in sum, we collected over 52 LARGE  boxes of food this year,  which we  donated    to the following four non profit agencies/ food banks:  Tampa Jewish Family Services Community Food Bank;  Metropolitan Ministries;  San Jose Mission (in collaboration with Catholic Mobile Medical Services);  Project Downtown (in collaboration with Muslims Without Borders and Council on American-Islamic Relations).

Special thanks to our interdisciplinary cadre of volunteers who  helped ever so much with our collection, sorting and delivery  this year as well as our university and community  partners, who  all helped to make this drive  a success and lots of fun!

And  special congratulations to our ambitious PT student team!

See additional photos at Fall Food Drive.


Friday, December 6th - Happy Hanukah Party for the Super Seniors at Weinberg Village  

 See additional photos at Weinberg Village Hanukkah party.


Friday, December 6th -  Arts in Health Holiday  Project

 Over 30 students  created handmade ornaments for the pediatric patients at Shriners Hospital for Children!    







Again, thank you for visiting this website and we encourage you to visit  the USF Health Service Corps Events & Projects  website if you would like to be involved in upcoming rewarding  service activities with other USF Health students !

    Website by Ellen Kent, MPH,CPH     

Updated 1/12/14