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SERVICE DAY March 24, 2018

"Service to me within public health really means understanding what a community needs and serving that need."

Our work is born from compassion

In our classrooms and in the communities we’re privileged to serve, the students, faculty, alumni, and staff at Michigan Public Health give the best of ourselves to build a healthier world. As a core part of that mission, we join together as colleagues, friends, and public health practitioners to drive lasting impact in communities down the street and across the globe—serving those we know, and many we will never meet, in the pursuit of a more equitable future.

More than 180 volunteers participated in Public Health Service Day 2018
"I think it’s really cool to work with colleagues outside the actual School of Public Health setting and to do something for the common good."

Pursuing deeper connections

Driven by our values of compassion, innovation, and inclusion, we pursue a healthier, more equitable world not only through education and research but through action around meaningful community impact. Each year, our school’s Service Day puts those values into practice with one mass day of volunteering that sees students, staff, faculty, and alumni collaborating on projects that help make a difference in our communities.

Students from every level—undergraduates, masters, doctoral—volunteered alongside faculty, staff, alumni, and even visiting scholars.

Where we serve

This year students, staff, faculty, and alumni from Michigan Public Health volunteered in their local communities while representing the School of Public Health at nonprofit organizations across Michigan. At Gleaners Community Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity ReStore of Huron Valley, Growing Hope, Nichols Arboretum, Shiloh Baptist Church, and World Medical Relief, they lent a hand sorting medical supplies and donations, delivering water, clearing invasive vegetation, and packaging food for those in need.

Gleaners Community Food Bank

Locations: Detroit, Pontiac, Taylor, and Warren

"I would tell incoming students to make sure that they make time for service."

Habitat for Humanity ReStore of Huron Valley

Ann Arbor, MI

Growing Hope

Ypsilanti, MI

"Having good food and healthy food and access to that food is really, really important, so I think that’s how Growing Hope plays into Public Health."

Nichols Arboretum

Ann Arbor, MI

Medical Relief Group

Southfield, MI

"It’s important to volunteer regularly. I think it will help you find what you’re passionate about."

Matthei Botanical Gardens

Ann Arbor, MI

"Service Day is a nice way for our students to see the different ways that public health can be applied."

Flint Water Distribution

Flint, MI

"Service is an important part of what we do at the School of Public Health. We focus on it in ways that other units don’t."

Build a better future

The School of Public Health exists to help neighbors near and far, and our annual Service Day provided an important opportunity for our community to live up to that ideal, contributing alongside diverse populations with diverse needs in Michigan and beyond. But Service Day is only one part of our commitment to serve. Each and every day, we renew our promise, serving in the pursuit of a healthier, more equitable world for all.

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