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Successful campus-community partnerships provide universities enhanced visibility in the community, and offer university students opportunities to engage in real-world educational experiences through service learning and internships. In addition, the participating community agency/program benefits from an infusion of ambitious students that can help the agency/program further its mission, and increase its visibility and reach. Within the areas of health promotion and wellness, campus-community partnerships have become an essential component in the delivery of prevention services and the development of public health infrastructure. The purpose of this paper is to share the experiences of two universities in their development of campus-community partnerships in the areas of health and wellness.
Wood, Hebert, and Carruth are with Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, LA. Wirth and Venezia are with the University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL. Welch is with North Oaks Health Systems, Hammond, LA.