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Community Development in Health Education Public Health 302

This course is designed for students interested in improving community and individual health by applying the theories and tools from the fields of community organizing and community development. Students gain skills and techniques to involve people in the analysis of the health problems and solutions that affect themselves, their families and their communities. Students are also introduced to the principles and methods of community participatory research in local communities.

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Community Journalism

In this service-learning course, undergraduates partner with students from Commerce High School in Springfield on print and multimedia journalism projects. Students write about topics not addressed by the mainstream media, working with experts in sites such as homeless shelters, health clinics, and public schools to research their projects. Undergraduates and high school students do intensive field work in their exploration of complicated social realities. In 2012, additional funding also enabled students to visit the Newseum in Washington, DC.

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CPPA Capstones

All Masters in Public Policy and Administration (MPPA) students design and implement a final culminating or “capstone” experience in their final year. The projects address interests relevant to the student’s curricular or career goals, and often involve working with municipalities or community-based organizations, including those in Springfield.

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CPPA Summer Internships

All students in the Center for Public Policy and Administration program, including in the newly-minted accelerated Masters in Public Policy (MPP) program for Five College students, complete a full-time summer internship that places students in public and quasi-public agencies or organizations where they receive hands-on experience in public policy and/or administration. Internships occur across the country and indeed around the globe.

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Cree Culture, Natural Resources and Sustainability

Cree Culture, Natural Resources, and Sustainability is an interdisciplinary course that involves reading and group discussions for self-motivated juniors, seniors, and graduate students. The course involves a 10-day experiential learning trip to the James Bay region of northern Quebec. Students learn about the complex influences of a global market for energy and natural resources on the forests and indigenous people of northern Quebec.

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Engage in STEM

Engage in STEM or E-STEM is an afterschool mentoring program that pairs college students majoring in STEM subjects with middle and high school students engaged in independent research projects. The Massachusetts Academy of Sciences runs E-STEM and provides the recruitment and training of the college mentors, provides transportation to the target schools and pairs mentors with their mentees.

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Engaging the Senses in Sexual Health Programming

The “Engaging the Senses in Sexual Health Programming” program uses the Community Health Education’s Women’s Health/Family Planning course (PUBHLTH 582) to create opportunities for students to develop health curricula or programs for pregnant and parenting young women. Students are encouraged to develop a sex positive, arts-based curriculum that can be embraced by students at the Care Center (in Holyoke) by being more engaging than the standard lecture and rote information presentation. Theater is now being considered as a method for engaging participants in sexuality education.

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Explorations in Psychological Practice

Explorations in Psychological Practice is a service-learning capstone Honors Seminar and provides students opportunities to interact with participants in programs provided by schools or human service agencies; to understand personal reactions to experiences with people different from themselves; and to learn the benefits of civic engagement. The service learning component consists of a practicum placement in a school or human services agency from 6-8 hours a week.

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Field School in Heritage Archaeology

The field school recently partnered with the W.E.B. Du Bois National Historic Site, an organization in Great Barrington supporting the development of a community wide plan to celebrate the work of W.E.B. Du Bois, with the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association’s project to present the African American history of Franklin County, and with the Pan African History Museum USA of Springfield a community based museum that presents the African American history of the Springfield area. In the past we have also worked with Historic Deerfield, Inc., a regional museum of New England history.

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