The Lane HBCU Wellness Project has enabled Lane College (LC) to actively assist in finding better solutions for community residents to gain better access to health care. The project has provided free educational literature and brochures, educational workshops, health activities, testing/screenings, health fairs, and information about access to healthcare agencies and healthcare professionals. These critical factors permit LC to be a vehicle through which the community learns about health disparities, how to prevent them, and how to maintain one’s health once diagnosed.
Lane’s Student Health Ambassadors (SHA) have partnered with community leaders and healthcare organizations to offer educational workshops and confidential screenings for citizens. They also gather surveys, analyze data, and track participants’ health knowledge. At least one major activity is sponsored each month by SHAs.
The Project has also assisted the target community and Lane College students in community-based service learning, developing effective intervention programs, and assisting the college to better prepare its students for graduate school and/or careers in the healthcare professions.