Service Learning Experiences

As a cohort, HRSJ scholars will understand selected community identified issue areas in the East Harlem community, and when applicable in New York City, through shared and selected service learning experiences based on pre-identified topic areas. HRSJ Scholars are not expected to initially have a full understanding of the East Harlem community but rather have a series “experiences” of how service, advocacy, servant leadership, community engagement and organizing to address community identified health issues takes place in real time in East Harlem.


Emergency preparedness
  • Volunteer at Go Bag trainings led by staff of the East Harlem Community Organizations Active in Disasters (EHCOAD)
  • Tour Association to Benefit Children with regards to their extensive emergency preparedness plans
Pediatric mental health
  • Volunteer with the Child Mobile Crisis Unit at the Association to Benefit Children
  • Explore pediatric mental health services available within schools in East Harlem
Incarceration of women
  • Shadow Dr. Bedard at Rikers Island
  • Volunteer with STEPS to End Family Violence (STEPS) to organize health Q&A for incarcerated women with IPV with a PCP
Housing access & homelessness
  • Shadow Dr. Andrew Coyle at the Wards Island Homeless Shelter
  • Participate in the Homeless Outreach Population Estimate
LGBTQ health
  • Explore the impact of the Mount Sinai Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery
  • Shadow Dr. Victor Sta.Ana at the Institute for Family Health
Community health and health policy
  • Attend East Harlem Community Health Committee meetings
  • Attend the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program conference
Dismantling racism
  • Attend meetings of the NYC Coalition to Dismantle Racism in the Health System
  • Attend Race and Medicine in Health (RMH) Anti-Racism Training
Harm reduction
  • Visit the Harm Reduction Coalition Headquarters
  • Attend and/or lead a naloxone training