College of Allied Health Sciences Service-Learning

The Success in Allied Health Seminar series is designed for first year College of Allied Health Sciences (CAHS) students to support continued growth and success in all facets of the learning process academically, interpersonally, and intrapersonally.

Students complete service-learning experiences within the diverse communities where we study, work and live to facilitate the growth of professional skills and abilities needed to be successful in allied health professions. Students will participate in community engagement experiences throughout the semester to enhance their learning and increase their understanding of the method and value of civic engagement and social responsibility.

Frequently Asked Questions

The ongoing pandemic presents a constantly changing set of circumstances that impact service learning in a variety of ways. Your patience, flexibility, and understanding are greatly appreciated

Students are expected to adhere to all university of cincinnati policies and protocols at all times. In addition, students are expected to adhere to the policies and protocols of their service-learning site as well.

You are presented with a variety of service-learning opportunities, and if any given opportunity does not meet your needs, please consider another option. Contact your instructor or the Center for Community engagement with questions or concerns.

The Service-Learning Directory indicates where each activity takes place in the "Getting There" section on the second page of each entry in the directory.

Virtual and face-to-face activities are subject to change, so be sure you understand the expectations of your service learning site before you finalize your placement.

If you are not comfortable with a given option, please contact your instructor to talk about alternative options.

Community service and service-learning are aligned with the ethos of the allied health professions. This, in part, is why service-learning is a feature of College of Allied Health Sciences curricula. Community service and service-learning provide opportunities to deepen learning, build relationships, and gain new perspectives. Community service and service-learning are a crucial part of the application process to many graduate and professional programs and careers in the allied health professions. Service can also make you eligible for scholarships.

Elizabeth Camp King Scholarship for Service-Learning
Students who have a sustained commitment to service-learning throughout their undergraduate career by taking courses denoted as service-learning and completing service hours, could possibly be eligible to apply for the $1,000.00 Elizabeth Camp King Scholarship for Service-Learning. Applications are accepted annually starting in January. An announcement with an invitation to apply and the deadline is sent to students with eligible service-learning course credits.

Annie Fitzgerald Award for Leadership and Service
The Annie Fitzgerald Award for Leadership and Service is awarded each year to University of Cincinnati undergraduate students who have shown leadership and possess a passion for service. Students who apply for the award must be actively participating in some form of community engagement and/or service to qualify for this award. You can learn more about this scholarship and apply online:

23 service hours during the 2022 Spring Semester. Service is to be completed consistently and regularly (weekly or every other week, depending on your site). Service cannot start prior to the semester and cannot be completed in fewer than 7 sessions.

If you're having individual issues meeting the service expectations for this course, contact your instructor. You should be sure to take a look at the "Need Extra Hours?" section of this FAQ, or the Service-Learning Directory for ways to supplement service hours earned at your primary placement.

Students cannot double-count hours for course requirements AND scholarship requirements, in accordance with scholarship guidelines.

If you have a Cincinnatus scholarship, for example, you are expected to complete your service hours for this course in addition to your scholarhip requirements. You're recieving course credit related to your service hours for this course, so it is a violation of the Cincinnatus scholarship guidelines to use those hours for scholarship renewal as well.

  • Make a plan! Look at the academic calendar, the calendar of your service-learning site if applicable, and do the math.
  • If you have scholarship community serive requirements:
    • Get ahead on your scholarship service requirement in the Fall Semester if possible.
    • Use winter break and other breaks in the academic schedule to earn scholarship service hours. You cannot earn hours for this class (HLTH 1002) until the start of Spring Semester.
    • In the Spring, if you serve more than 23 hours at your site, you can count those additional hours toward your scholarship.

Most UC scholarships are overseen by Financial Aid:

  • Contact

You do! Check out the Service-Learning Directory and the content on this page for site options and instructions for how to start the placement process.

As soon as possible!

Something like: "Dear Contact, My name is Liz Lemon, and I'm a first-year student in the College of Allied Health Sciences at UC, majoring in xxx. I am participating in the service learning course and am interested in volunteering at your site this spring because xxx. I'd like to move forward with the application and training process. I can be reached by email or phone at xxx. Thank you! Sincerely, Liz Lemon"

Most sites have an application and training process. Some sites require additional documentation, a background check, and/or immunizations and immunization records.

If you're short of your hours, check out the following opportunities to supplement hours with your primary placement. Work with your instructor for approval before proceeding:

Bearcats Pantry and Career Closet

Approved Self-Care Activities
Certain self care activities can earn students up to 5 additional service-learning hours. See the service-learning directory for more details.

For questions about the service element of Success in Allied Health II, contact the Center for Community Engagement (, 513-556-1559).

For questions about the course requirements or assignments, contact your instructor.

Service-Learning Sites

Below is a series of video interviews with representatives from each organization available to students in the Success in Allied Health seminar. This video series is provided as a way to get to know the organizations in lieu of a traditional in-person service-learning fair. 

The information below and service-learning site availability is subject to change due to evolving circumstances related to COVID-19. Thank you for your patience and flexibility.

Mary Beth Wright
Director of Children’s Program

47 Corry-Edwards Ctr.
Cincinnati, OH 45221

Learn more about Bearcat Buddies.

Fran Larkin 
Center for Community Engagement

2639 Clifton Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45221 lsemesterlongprograms/bearcat-buddies.html

Dr. Tiffany Dolder-Holland
Program Director

Cheryl Shrider
Volunteer Coordinator

Rickey Terrell
Program Coordinator

2610 McMicken Ct.
Cincinnati, OH 45220

Haley Damron
Organizational Administrator

305 Cameron Road
Cincinnati, OH 45246

Sadie Everett

2610 McMicken Cir
Cincinnati, OH 45221

Dina Early
Volunteer Manager
513-346-4080 ext. 259

11345 Century Circle W
Cincinnati, OH 45246

Steve Wesselkamper
Director of Development and Marketing

2825 Burnet Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45219

Theresa Diersen
Volunteer Services Director

1615 Republic Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Sara Porter
Community Engagement Coordinator

5962 Hamilton Mason Rd
Liberty Twp, OH 45011

Madison Kramer
Volunteer Services

2139 Auburn Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45219

Kim Henry-Kuehn
Volunteer Coordinator

375 Dixmyth Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45220

Katie Roberts
Events and Programs Manager

5343 Hamilton Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45224

Sarah Palmer

4542 Cornell Rd.
Blue Ash, OH 45241

Allison and Cecilia
(937) 371-5679

The Fitness Center at CARE/Crawley
UC Medical Campus