The Indiana University Sustaining Hoosier Communities initiative forges relationships between local communities and Indiana University students to empower people to participate in strengthening their communities. Over the course of the semester, you'll participate in a community project relevant to your studies, receiving hands-on experience.
Daisy Heath, a pre-medical student in Professor Whitney Schlegel's BIOL-P451: Integrative Human Physiology, worked alongside graduate students in Professor Jeanne Johnston's SPH-K553: Physical Activity and Health and SPH-K554: Seminar in Physical Activity and Wellness this past fall semester. Together, they collaborated with community leaders in Mitchell, IN to determine how the Blue Jacket Trail can be utilized to increase physical activity, reduce hypertension, and promote community health. The progress and assessments from the fall will be carried over into the spring semester to further develop assessment tools and a physical activity map for encouraging healthy lifestyles and managing hypertension with Mitchell leaders.
I get to take what I learn in the classroom, and I get to apply that to a local, rural Indiana town and hopefully make a difference there