Community-Campus Partnership for Health Overview

The ISU Community-Campus Partnership for Health (CCPH) follows guidelines and principles from the National CCPH Organization.  Key strategic goals for CCPH Organizations are to:

  1. Leverage the knowledge, wisdom and experience in communities and in academic institutions to solve pressing health, social, environmental and economic challenges.
  2. Ensure that community-driven social change is central to the work of community-academic partnerships.
  3. Build the capacity of communities and academic institutions to engage each other in partnerships that balance power, share resources, and work towards systems change.

CCPH Vision at Iowa State University

Community-Campus Partnerships

Our focus is on achieving a balance between three foundational areas of emphasis of higher education - Teaching, Service, and Research - while establishing effective and mutually beneficial collaborations with community partners in Ames and the surrounding communities to achieve the three goals listed above to promote health equity and social justice.  As with any initiative, there are obstacles to overcome in order to achieve progress:

  • Limitation:  Students need opportunities to practice and apply knowledge they learn in classes in real world settings. 
  • Barrier:  Health promotion programming lacks support and resources to carry out programs.
  • Challenge:  Research findings are rarely translated or disseminated in community settings. 

The vision of the ISU CCPH is to find synergies that support service, teaching, and research within the community in mutually beneficial ways.  The learning and skill development happening at Iowa State University can directly aid community efforts.  Meanwhile, community opportunities can directly aid university initiatives by providing students with real-world experience and tutelage.

Effective Community-Campus partnerships are able to navigate the typical obstacles outlined above between academics/institutions and community health promotion programming to reach success - Where the entire community benefits.  The academic pillars - service, teaching, and research - and the Community are not, and should not remain, exclusive entities.  Below are two recent examples of the CCPH vision actively happening within the Ames Community from fall 2015:

  1. Four students from a Community Health Program Planning course worked with the Ames Community School District Homeless Liaison, Sipele Quezada, helped develop a break out session for community members to understand the educational delays students face when in transition for a Housing Conference Presentation (that will take place in March 2016). 
  2. A second set of students assisted with conducting surveys at the second Healthy Streets event in Ames in September 2015.  The students summarized the survey results for Healthiest Ames - the group organizing and managing the Healthy Streets events - to use the results to evaluate the events success.  The students also created infographic posters to use to promote and educate at future Healthy Streets Events.

There are many more success stories from 2015 alone, and we are looking forward to many more in 2016!  We hope everyone can see where and how service, teaching, research, and the community can co-exist and be mutually beneficial.

"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." ~Helen Keller

***The CCPH vision programming is consistent with the ISU land grant heritage of directly serving the people of Iowa.  The programming is also positioned to help advance the vision of Iowa becoming the healthiest state. 

Student-Based Initiative - GivePulse

The ISU CCPH group is currently working to provide students with a tool called GivePulse that allows students to track and manage their volunteer and service learning efforts throughout their time at Iowa State University.  GivePulse could provide ISU students with a significant advantage over students from other universities when applying for the same professional position by providing ISU students with a professional tool to share and display their volunteer and service learning experiences.  For students, the tool saves them time and work by providing them with a (shareable) url or downloadable excel sheet where their volunteer and service learning experience is aggregated and displayed with details from each event.  For convenience, students can access their profile through a mobile-phone app - a highly desirable feature for students.  Students, sign up for a GivePulse account here. Be sure to register for the Iowa State University Group!


GivePulse for Community Partners and University Faculty

The utility of GivePulse is not limited to student benefits.  By design, GivePulse is defined as "a community that provides management tools for non-profits and groups of all kinds. Groups with a large community of volunteers, e.g., universities, work with GivePulse to increase student civic engagement and enable easy management of service learning programs.GivePulse makes managing service learning and volunteering easy.  GivePulse has been piloted in multiple class settings at ISU and is set to continue being used to manage service learning and volunteer efforts that are evolving between the community and campus.  In addition, volunteer opportunities for students are able to be uploaded onto the web-tool to recruit volunteers for community or campuus-based causes.  We envision GivePulse will be the centralized hub for students to access in orderto find, track, and manage their volunteering and civic engagement.  If you're intereseted in learning more about GivePulse:

Students:  Sign up for a GivePulse account here. Be sure to register for the Iowa State University Group!

Faculty:  Email Dr. Greg Welk @

Community members:  Email Joey Lee at