Community Outreach

The office of Community Outreach is dedicated to facilitating opportunities for UQ-OCS students to give back to the community, both in the New Orleans area as well as several projects abroad. As an organization we believe it is critical for students to invest themselves in community service projects as a way of enriching their time in medical school. As such, we are open to hearing about any projects that our students might be interested in, and of which we are unaware, so if you have something you would like help with, please let us know at OMSAOutreach@ochsner.org.

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Long Term Projects

VOICE BANKING

Looking for students (especially those with an interest in neurology) to volunteer to help Ochsner patients with ALS to create a recording of their voice before they lose the ability to speak.  Students are trained in the use of recording software (very simple) and assigned to a patient in teams of two. Time commitment is approximately 4-5 two-hour long recording sessions for a single patient.  All recording sessions are on Saturdays from 8 am – 2 pm., scheduled at the convenience of you and your patient.

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LUKE’S HOUSE

A clinic that offers students the chance to take a hands-on approach in providing basic healthcare and health assessment to the people of New Orleans at no cost. The majority of patients are exclusively Spanish-speaking so language skills are a must. A basic language exam is administered and participation necessitates a passing score.

  • Women’s night: working with Dr. Veronica Gillispie, students will learn the essential aspects of well women’s health screening and how best to provide complete care in a resource-limited setting. An eye-opening and amazing experience, we’re looking to have a small group of dedicated students that works this night (4th Wednesday of every month) to ensure continuity and the best possible care for our patients.

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SOFAB

A joint project between UQ-OCS, Eat Fit NOLA, and the Southern Food and Beverage Museum where we hold monthly events discussing how food impacts a specific aspect of our health. Each presentation includes a cooking demo with a local chef. We’ll need a coordinator as well as 1-2 volunteers every month to give the presentation. We are currently in discussion with the museum to see how they plan to program this event going forward so some details are subject to change.

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EXERCISE PROGRAM

Looking for students to teach the following classes: boot camp/circuit training, run/walk group, yoga, or water aerobics. Time commitment is about 2-4 hour long classes per rotation.

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RECYCLING PROGRAM

A student lead waste management initiative working with Ochsner Health System to increase awareness and hospital-wide engagement in a recycling program. Ochsner is one of the largest independent academic health systems in the United States and Louisiana’s largest not-for-profit health system. As a leader in healthcare, it is our duty to take action in the health of the planet. Ochsner is taking initiative by implementing a new recycling program! The program is going to focus on education, accessibility, and simplicity. We are looking for people to get on board!

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KENNER COMMUNITY GARDEN

Brand new project! Looking for students excited about gardening and teaching community members how to eat healthy. Time commitment will be variable depending on the stage the project is in.

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