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The WOU Community Health + Polk County COVID-19 project is a local example of how Academic Health Departments can serve as public health training sites for students of public health and address the public health needs of the local community. An academic health department (AHD) represents a formal affiliation between an academic institution and a public health practice organization, such as a local health department. The WOU Community Health + Polk County COVID-19 project team consists of WOU faculty in Community Health, recent alumni, undergraduate students, and Polk County Public Health. This session will review the outcomes, challenges, and lessons learned from a one-year health communication and contact tracing intervention in Polk County, Oregon. How can undergraduate students, faculty, and community partners build a network for student success and community well-being? We share our publicly available health communication campaign materials and discuss students’ perspectives on professional development and networking opportunities within the project.




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