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What is We Engage 4 Health?
We Engage 4 Health (WE4H) is a community health project supported by the Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) Program of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS). WE4H is a partnership between the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Miami University, and Cincinnati-area community partners.
The goals of We Engage 4 Health are to
- Improve health and science knowledge in the community
- Reduce chronic disease in communities where it occurs most
- Increase citizens’ involvement in their own and community’s health
- Strengthen science competencies and encourage STEM careers in youth
How to get involved...
We can bring a variety of health outreach programs to your organization at no cost to you or community members who attend! Learn about partnering with WE4H!
Explore our programs...
Who’s it for? Teens and adults who want to learn about health in the community and how to help improve it.
Health is Happenin’ RAP Sessions are a series of 8 meetings about health topics relevant to YOU and YOUR community! These topics include wellness; chronic diseases such as heart disease, asthma, and diabetes; nutrition and lifestyle; genetics; and environmental health. Participants learn through stories co-developed by community members. Sessions offer hands-on experiences to make learning fun and interactive!
- Get Set Day: Enjoy a meal, answer some questions to help us learn how well the project works, get to know the digital tablets you’ll use.
- The 6 RAP Sessions: Health and science learning and activities with food, fun, and comic stories!
- RAP It Up Day: Bring friends and family to enjoy a meal and share what you’ve learned!
You will learn:
- How to promote wellness in daily life.
- How genes, environment, and lifestyle affect the change of getting chronic diseases
- How food and nutrition can reduce the symptoms of chronic disease
Who’s it for? Teens and adults who want to learn about being citizen scientists in the community.
Citizen Science (CS) RAP Sessions are a series of eight meetings to learn how to be a citizen scientist. Citizen Science RAP graduates can work alongside health professionals at our community health fairs to collect attendees’ health information or to make observations using our Eyewitness Community Survey. Those who have their own community health questions can apply for our micro-grants to design and implement studies of their own to answer their questions.
You will learn
- What is citizen science?
- What qualities does a good citizen science health research project have?
- What rights do research subjects have in health research projects?
- What should we do with the results of a health research project?
In each session, comic-style stories set the stage for health research topics that follow. Participants do a variety of activities to learn about each topic.
Who’s it for? Anyone middle school age on up who enjoys using a smart phone and wants to experience research firsthand as a citizen scientist!
With the Eyewitness Community Survey tool, participants collect information about their local environment and its effects on community health as trained citizen scientists. Participants will walk their communities and make observations. Photos will also be collected and mapped. We encourage groups of friends to work together!
Who’s it for? Fun health learning for community members of all ages!
Community Health Fair events will offer health screenings, health resources, healthy food, fun giveaways, and raffle prizes. Citizen scientists will also collect community health data to support future community studies and programs. Attendees data will be collected via a health passport tool (with no names or other identifiers) and shared to be used as a health data resource to support future programming and evaluate the events’ success over time. Partnering community organizations will be asked what health screenings and information they would like to see at their health fair, and appropriate providers will be invited.