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Western University of Health Sciences Receives National Recognition for Community Service


5/18/2011 9:03:41 AM

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - May 17, 2011) -

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) admitted Western University of Health Sciences to the 2010 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for engaging its students, faculty and staff in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community.

The Corporation for National and Community Service, which has administered the Honor Roll since 2006, admitted a total of 641 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from literacy and neighborhood revitalization to supporting at-risk youth.

"Congratulations to Western University of Health Sciences and its students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities. We salute all the Honor Roll awardees for embracing their civic mission and providing opportunities for their students to tackle tough national challenges through service," said Patrick A. Corvington, Chief Executive Officer of CNCS.

All WesternU colleges require or expect students and faculty to perform service activities. More than 1,600 WesternU students each volunteered 20 hours or more during the 2009-10 academic year, for a total of more than 32,000 hours of community service during that period.

Activities included vision screenings, dental examinations, health and information fairs, assistance with science projects, educational enrichment, literacy development, visiting patients in nursing homes/hospitals, disaster response classes, assisting migrant workers, work in women shelters, providing health care, food, clothing, and education to the homeless population, participation in community projects, high school athletic physicals, blood pressure checks, diabetes/obesity education, Asian community health education, and educating children/low-income families on healthy living.

"WesternU has and always will be deeply invested in its community, not only through the education of the region's future health-care providers, but also in its role as a community leader and concerned, engaged citizen," said WesternU President Philip Pumerantz, PhD. "The emphasis our institution places on community health, service, and stewardship is evident in nearly every community-related event we do: the Pomona Health Career Ladder, health fairs, open houses, school visits by student clubs, PCHAT, PHOP, hosting community events, sponsoring a wide range of community activities... the list goes on. Our goal, in broad terms, is not simply the production of new health-care professionals, but in an improved state of being for the entire community we serve."

For a full list of recipients and descriptions of their service, visit www.NationalService.gov/HonorRoll.


CONTACT:
Rodney Tanaka
909-469-5402
rtanaka@westernu.edu



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