Community Campus Partnership for Health

The ISU Community Campus Partnership for Health (CCPH) is a community outreach and service initiative founded through the Department of Kinesiology at Iowa State University. Service learning is the key programming strategy in the ISU CCPH since it provides mutual benefits to both students and community partners. Students benefit from the opportunities to apply their knowledge and skill in real world applications and to gain professional experience. Community partners, in turn, benefit from the expertise and passion of students working through their organizations. Click here to read about the vision and principles that direct this initiative. 

Coordinated Service Learning Opportunities

The CCPH supports community engagement through several levels and types of service learning opportunities. Students in the Community and Public Health option in the Department of Kinesiology are involved in coordinated community-based service learning through the capstone course in their program (HS 430: Community Health Program Planning). This course provides training in principles of community health programming and the required service learning component allows them to gain practical experience by assisting community organnizations and non-profit agencies with planning, coordination or execution of community health initiatives. Students can also enroll in a more self-guided experience through a separate course (KIN 391 - Service Learning Leadership Experience). This course allows students to continue work with a specific community partner or to take on new opportunities through a more 1:1 partnership. Students benefit directly from the opportunities to work with community leaders and community health agencies and reflect on their experiences to internalize learning from these applied service activities. Interested community agencies can register through GivePulse to post their opportunites. For additional information contact Dr. Greg Welk ( If you are interested in service-learning students, please fill out this form. 

Coordination and Outreach through GivePulse

With support from GivePulse, the ISU CCPH has been building tools designed to help other ISU organizations set up and manage service and volunteer efforts. If you belong to an ISU organization, club or campus group and would like to post your own volunteer opportunities or participate in other CCPH events, click here to fill out a short form. We will contact you to give you admin rights to your own personal group on GivePulse. This is an incredible event management system that greatly benefits both your organization and your volunteers

Learn how YOU can volunteer in the community

If you are a student at Iowa State and would like to strengthen your resume through working with a widely diverse population and directly impacting the health and well-being of the community, then click on the Students tab to your left. Here you will find opportunities to enroll in special classes that are designed to give you academic credits for your volunteer efforts. Additionally, you will find a link to sign up and get started immediately. Signing up does not commit you to any specific event, rather, you will be placed on a mailing list to receive updates about potential volunteer opportunities. 

Resources for Iowa State Faculty

The ISU CCPH has also set up resources to assist other faculty members in setting up other course-based service learning modules. Click here to find out more and begin the creation of your own service learning course.

Outreach Programs

The ISU CCPH initiative has also developed lines of participatory research that support local communities while also advancing public health knowledge about the keys to effective and sustainable programming. These include ExerCYse is Medicine, VERB of Story County, and SWITCH. All of these programs have been operating and supporting the health of central Iowa for a number of years. To read more about their efforts or find out how you can get involved with their initiatives, please click on their tabs to the left.