Intercollegiate Alliance for Health and Well-being
Recipient of the Emerging Community Engagement Initiative Award 2016
Focus Area: Health and Wellness
Community Partners: Exodus Place, Dégagé Ministries, Heartside Ministry, Calvin College, University of Detroit, Mercy—Aquinas
Academic Department: Kirkhof College of Nursing, Anthropology
The purpose of the Intercollegiate Alliance for Health and Well-being (ICAHW) is to foster health and wellness among low-income and homeless populations in the community through walking programs and health monitoring. The walking program is designed to enhance perceptions of well-being among participants, while also lowering their cardiovascular risk factors. The program will culminate with participation in the 5/3rd Ball Park 5K walking event each May.
Reciprocal and Collaborative Relationships:
- Nursing students communicate important health indicators to community members, which can be used to improve self-care. Anthropology students collect oral histories, and produce a physical memory book that community members can have as evidence of their participation. Students build direct relationships across race, class, and ethnicity with those in our local community by participating in the program.
- The community organizations and ministries benefit from the Intercollegiate Alliance for Health and Well-being by hosting the programs, and potentially seeing improvement in the health of the neighbors. The low-income and homeless populations voluntarily communicate their experiences to the students, making them aware of the issues that different populations face.