Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
On June 23, the United Nations celebrated its annual observance of Public Service Day. The occasion highlights the invaluable contributions of public servants and administrators in their efforts to build a better world for all.
Many USF students choose to give back to the local community via the USF Health Service Corps. Under the coordination of Ellen Kent, MPH, CPH, the interdisciplinary program enables students in the health professions to participate in community activities together. During the 2012-13 academic year, more than 1,000 students practiced their passion by volunteering 16,000+ hours and serving more than 15,000 adults and children.
Recently, the Corps sponsored events benefiting several international communities in Tampa Bay, including people of Haitian, Burmese and Mexican descent. These public events allowed students to apply their classroom knowledge in the field by engaging in health education activities, as well leading CPR instruction and health screenings.
Kent refers to her role as coordinator as “exciting and rewarding.”
“It is of utmost importance for students to experience how it feels to help the community,” she said, “as well as to have fun doing it.”
Story by Silvia Alvarez, photo by Ellen Kent, USF College of Public Health