Outreach and engagement

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The strategic plans of The Ohio State University and the College of Nursing include goals to promote community engagement to help build Ohio’s future. Activities directed toward accomplishing this goal involve mutually beneficial collaboration with our partners in health care and related disciplines. Through these projects, faculty members and students engage in:

Teaching to enable learning beyond the campus walls
Research to generate knowledge that can be used beyond the academic community
Service to provide direct benefits to the public


Health screening at East Side barber shopNursing students conduct health screenings at a neighborhood barber shop in Columbus as a part of the Making a Difference program.


Service learning
Under faculty supervision, undergraduate and graduate students provide important services to the community as part of their learning experiences. An example of a recent service learning project includes:

Making a Difference Program

The Ohio State University College of Nursing is partnering with Making a Difference, Inc to make positive changes and address health disparities in the Near East Side neighborhood of Columbus. The college received an Outreach and Engagement grant to implement a comprehensive and sustainable community health and wellness program in the neighborhood, which includes the following services:

  • A comprehensive assessment of the health needs of the Near East Side Community
  • Free health screenings (Taking BMI, blood pressure, blood glucose, and pulse rates)
  • Administering Million Heart assessments and tests to determine heart health adequacy in the Near East Side Community
  • Distributing health information pamphlets for patients
  • Grants to fund community initiatives and outreach programs
  • Free grant writing workshops

Faculty outreach projects
College of Nursing faculty members are actively engaged in several research and service-delivery projects in the community, including:

  • Participation in the NetWellness network, providing online health-related information to individuals throughout the state
  • Pro-bono group counseling sessions provided in multiple locations in Columbus
  • Educational sessions for nursing staff at Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s Nurse-Family Partnership project
  • Organizational and service assessments of local public health departments in Marion County
  • Hybrid distance-based continuing education for public health nurses in Ohio and Pennsylvania
  • Educational sessions on behavioral issues for staff in facilities serving persons with severe mental illness


College of Nursing faculty and students provide health screenings to the local Latino community in collaboration with Ohio State’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese Linguistics.College of Nursing faculty and students provide health screenings to the local Latino community in collaboration with Ohio State's Department of Spanish and Portuguese Linguistics.