Service Learning at Milestone Recovery
The Westbrook College of Health Professions Service Learning Program maintains strong ties to the local community and with many agencies and nonprofits where students can take an active role in serving the community, providing useful research, and promoting health within vulnerable populations in Cumberland County and beyond.
Should individuals, clubs, or academic departments be interested in pursuing other partnerships and/or activities, the Service Learning Program is always available to help assist and support these endeavors.
Reaching a Milestone: UNE Service Learning
Students from Nursing, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, Occupational Therapy, and Pharmacy, together with faculty mentors from each program, provide twice-monthly foot clinics to clients in both the shelter and detox floors. It is a transformational experience for both the students and clients alike and is a lesson in humility, human connection, and health promotion.
ongoing community collaborations and services learning opportunities
Homeless Health Outreach
Since fall 2012, interprofessional teams of students and faculty have been working collaboratively to implement service learning activities at the Milestone Foundation Shelter and Detoxification Facility in Portland, Maine. Service projects at the shelter focus on providing opportunities for discussion and support of homeless individuals with substance abuse problems through foot assessments, soaks, and washings.
Cumberland County Jail
Since fall 2012, interprofessional teams of students have been working collaboratively with staff and inmates of Cumberland County Jail (CCJ) to design service projects. The projects focus on providing inmates with opportunities for healthy living in such areas as improved nutrition, infectious disease prevention, stress management skills, increased physical activity, and opportunities for discussion and support.