Community Outreach

Faculty development in healthcare disparities, population health, patient education, patient advocacy, and communication with a lay audience

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Online Faculty Development


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Health Literacy and Communication for Health Professionals

Course Description: "In the United States, two-thirds of the population read at an eight-grade level or below. When it comes to health information, most Americans have the ability to read and write at the fifth-grade level. This inter-professional course aims to give health professionals the tools needed to improve upon their health literacy and communication skills."

Training and Learning Programs for Volunteer Healthcare Workers

Course Description: "Volunteer community health workers (CHWs) are a major strategy for increasing access to and coverage of basic health interventions. Our village health worker training course reviews the process of training and continuing education of CHWs as an important component of involving communities in their own health service delivery. Participants will be guided through the steps of planning training and continuing education activities for village volunteers."

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The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) is devoted to advancing quality online learning by providing professional development, instruction, best practice publications and guidance to educators, online learning professionals and organizations around the world.

Managing Faculty Workload

Course Description: "While online faculty value the flexibility of online teaching, the reality of the 24/7 classroom can be daunting in terms of faculty workload and faculty burnout. In this workshop, you will explore research-based strategies to assist faculty in managing their time more effectively and reducing the risk of burnout. You will review practical workload management tips and tools for both new and veteran faculty. Finally, you will develop a workload management plan that will help improve the online faculty experience."


Resources at USA


The USA Biomedical Library provides free online access to the following textbooks:

Creating Community-responsive Physicians : Concepts and Models for Service-learning in Medical Education

Judy Lewis, Kris Hermanns, and Sarena D. Seifer, 2000

Eighth in AAHE’s Service-Learning in the Disciplines Series, this volume shows how service-learning is not only a strategy for preparing community-responsive and competent health physicians, but also for fostering citizenship and changing the relationship between communities and medical schools. This very useful book provides readers with a valuable source of information and inspiration to develop and expand service-learning across the continuum of medical education.


The USA Biomedical Library provides free online access to the following textbook chapters:

Multiculturalism and Care Delivery

Thea James, Edward Bernstein and Judith Bernstein
Rosen's Emergency Medicine, e23-e32

Rely on Rosen's Emergency Medicine for the latest answers on every facet of emergency medicine practice. For decades, this medical reference book has set the standard in emergency medicine, offering unparalleled comprehensiveness, clarity, and authority - to help you put the latest and best knowledge to work for your patients in the ER.


The USA Biomedical Library provides free online access to the following journals:

Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions

Official journal of the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions, the Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education, and the Council on CME, the Association for Hospital Medical Education.



Online Resources


A resource from the Associate of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) for publication and dissemination of peer-reviewed works related to medical education and resources for educational scholarship.

Community Based Mentoring for Resident Physicians

Lessons encourage interaction between students and mentors regarding important topics, including nutrition, communication, organization skills, and conflict management.


MERLOT is a free, open, peer-reviewed collection of online teaching and learning materials and faculty-developed services, contributed and used by an international education community.


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