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ORIGINAL RESEARCH ARTICLE
Year : 2014  |  Volume : 27  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 78-82

Engagement studios: Students and communities working to address the determinants of health


1 Associate Principal, College of Health Disciplines, University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC, Canada
2 Director, Community Development, Community Learning Initiative, University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC, Canada
3 Lead Faculty, Global Health Network, Liu Institute for Global Issues, University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC, Canada
4 Advisor-Community Development, Community Learning Initiative, University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC, Canada
5 Project Manager, College of Health Disciplines, University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC, Canada

Correspondence Address:
Victoria Wood
Project Manager, College of Health Disciplines, University of British Columbia, 400-2194 Health Sciences Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z3
Canada
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Source of Support: University of British Columbia Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund,, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/1357-6283.134330

Background: This article presents an innovative model for interprofessional community-oriented learning. The Engagement Studios model involves a partnership between community organizations and students as equal partners in conversations and activities aimed at addressing issues of common concern as they relate to the social determinants of health. Methods: Interprofessional teams of students from health and non-health disciplines work with community partners to identify priority community issues and explore potential solutions. Results: The student teams work with a particular community organization, combining their unique disciplinary perspectives to develop a project proposal, which addresses the community issues that have been jointly identified. Approved proposals receive a small budget to implement the project. Discussion: In this paper we present the Engagement Studios model and share lessons learned from a pilot of this educational initiative.


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