USF Health Service Corps

Summary Report of Accomplishments and Projects Sponsored by USF Health Services Corps
July 1, 2006 - June 30, 2007

Prepared by Ellen Kent, MPH, Faculty Coordinator for USF Health Service Corps

I) Health Fair Screening and Immunization Events (n=33):

The cumulative numbers of student participants in the Service Corps health fair screening and immunization events (n=33) include: COM (n=236), CON (n=62), COPH (n=50), PT (n=14), Undergrads (n=29)


  1. Many students participated in more than one health fair event throughout the year, so the numbers listed above do not reflect total numbers, but the sum of the number of students who participated in each of the 33 screening events. Assuming 4 hours of service per volunteer per event, this can also be interpreted as a total number of 1,564 student volunteer hours throughout the year. Over 3,750 members of the community benefited from these screening and immunization events.
  2. COM and CON students participated in all clinical activities; PT students participated in posture screening and musculoskeletal assessments/education; COPH students served as bilingual interpreters and participated in bicycle helmet fitting and health education; undergrads participated in helmet fitting and vision screening.
  3. Clinical supervision is provided for all COM, CON and PT students. Supervision is also provided by Prevent Blindness Florida for undergraduate volunteers at vision screening events.

(II) Non-Clinical Special Events (n= 8):

(including: Hope Lodge Picnic, Love A Senior Day at Weinberg Village, 2 events for children at the Spring, Step Up Florida, Great American Teach In, Stampede of Service)

The culmulative numbers of student volunteers who participated in these non-clinical events include: 100 USF Health and 5 undergraduate students.

Notes: Again, many students actually participated in more than one non clinical event throughout the year. Assuming 2 hours per volunteer per event, this can be interpreted as a total number of 210 student volunteer hours. Over 550 community members benefited from these non-clinical special events.

(III) Collection of Goods:

  1. Summer 2006 Tools for Schools Drive: 25 bags/boxes of school supplies were donated and given to children in the university area at the Back to School Festival/Health Fair on July 22.
  2. October 2006 Cell Phone Drive: Over 75 cell phones were donated to the Spring. These phones are then reprogrammed and given to women at the Spring, a domestic violence shelter, so they can call 911 for help.
  3. Thanksgiving Food Drive: Over 30 bags/boxes of canned and boxed foods were donated to community food banks sponsored by Catholic Charities; Metropolitan Ministries; and Tampa Jewish Family Services.
  4. December Donations for the Dominican Republic (DR) Drive: school supplies, books, hygiene items, clothing, and shoes for children were collected. The students who participated in the International Health Service Collaborative (IHSC) December trip delivered these items to the DR.
  5. Spring Cleaning Clothing and Shoes drive: 36 bags/boxes were donated to La Victoria Mission which is located in the Dominican Republic and funded by Nativity Catholic Church in Brandon.
  6. Collection Drive of Children’s Vitamins sponsored by the USF Health Service Corps and Project World Health. The PWH group distributed the vitamins to families during their June medical mission to the rural Jarabacoa region of the Dominican Republic.

(IV) Fundraising Projects:

  • American Heart Assocation walk: $100 was raised
  • Passionately Pink for the Cure TM fundraising project for Susan G. Komen Foundation - $1331.78 was raised, with participation from students in COM, PT, COPH, CON
  • Relay for Life: $6941 was raised by 3 teams: COM graduate students, COM/COPH students and CON students.
  • MOD walk: Over $2500 was raised this year, the highest amount ever. Of this, $400 was raised through the spring break raffle project.

(V) Ongoing Projects:

(A) Reach Out and Read program:

  • 17 students participated in Summer 2006, 30 students participated in Fall 2006 and 35 students participated in Spring 2007. The ROR program has been expanded to the Pediatrics clinic on the USF North campus for USF Health students, whereas the undergraduate students continue to volunteer at the 17 Davis and Genesis clinics. COPH and undergraduate students participated in ROR at 6 health fairs and a Read across America event at a school in a low income neighborhood. Ellen Kent prepared and presented a poster, 'The Evolution of a Successful Reach Out and Read Volunteer Program at the National Reach Out and Read conference in Toronto', in May, 2007.

(B) New School to Work education program at Wiregrass Ranch High School:

  • 23 USF Health students (in all academic programs) and one undergraduate student implemented 22 presentations for the 9th and 10th grade students at Wiregrass Ranch HS; with class sizes ranging from 30-150 students. The presentations covered specific health topics as well as information on pursueing different careers in the health professions.

(C) Other ongoing projects that USF Health students have participated in, throughout the year, have included: Catholic Mobile Medical Services Monday evening clinics; serving as tutors at the Spring; serving as mentors and tutors in the Brain Expansions Scholastics Training (BEST) program in East Tampa; volunteering at the Judeo Christian clinic; and serving as camp counselors at Boggy Creek Camp, Florida Diabetes Camp, Shriners Camp Care A Lot and Asthma and Allergy Camp.