Sharon Younkin, Community Service Program Director, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, was awarded the Partnership Award from Public Health of Madison/Dane County Wisconsin for her work with community partners in creatively developing health outreach programs that result in meaningful community learning experiences for UW Medical School students, providing health and dental care to homeless and uninsured individuals, and offering preventative health information and mentoring support for underserved and at-risk populations in our community.
Sharon has creatively initiated a number health related programs that impact the health of our community and benefit the underserved and at-risk populations. Through her role as Community Service Director at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, she has partnered with a number of community organizations to create and match UW Medical School Students with six community service programs. Programs include the Medic Clinic offering free medical, dental and psychiatric care for acute health issues; health promotion programs for residents of the Allied Drive neighborhood; a program focused on health-related discussion with young people to help them with lifestyle choices; a mentoring program for middle school students; a service learning program that promotes equity and social justice in community and population health; and a mentoring, advocacy and support program for at-risk pregnant women.
In her personal time, Sharon is also thinking about community service. She has served on the Board for the AIDS network and is currently the Board president of the Allied Wellness Center. Sharon’s work moves forward the public health agenda of prevention and access to care.
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