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Engaging Nebraska, Impacting Communities, Transforming Students

December 5, 2017
Teaching & Engagement, 2013 Summary Faculty from various departments in the College of Architecture will develop transformational curricula with civic engagement at its core by establishing a robust service learning program embedded in the specific courses. The courses will establish …
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Rural Community Serviceship Program

December 5, 2017
Teaching & Engagement, 2013   Summary The Rural Community Serviceship project is a mash-up between service-learning and a professional internship. Through the serviceship program, college students have the opportunity to serve as an intern for a community as opposed to …
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Juvenile Re-entry to Nebraska’s Rural Communities

December 5, 2017
Teaching & Engagement, 2013 Summary The Juvenile Reentry Project is a service learning project that matches student mentors to youth who typically do not get matched via traditional mentoring programs. It is often difficult to match these youth because they …
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The Rural Public Health Undergraduate Student Research Project

December 5, 2017
Teaching & Engagement, 2013   Summary The goal of the Rural Public Health Undergraduate Student Research Projects was to introduce undergraduate students to public health through a transdisciplinary research project under supervision of a faculty member with the hope of …
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Ecotourism & Agritourism Development in Nebraska

December 5, 2017
Teaching & Engagement, 2013 Summary The long-term goal of this project is to increase knowledge that enables Nebraska’s rural landowners and communities in increasing economic and community capacity by developing successful ecotourism ventures that enhance environmental sustainability. Innovative entrepreneurial tourism …
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Students Engaged in Economic Development of Rural Areas

December 5, 2017
Teaching & Engagement, 2013 Summary This project engaged undergraduate students directly with rural community economic development activities. Undergraduate students from rural communities returned to their hometowns and interviewed local stakeholders with the goal of identifying viable economic opportunities in those …
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Entrepreneurship Based Economic Development

December 5, 2017
Research & Engagement, 2013     Summary The viability of rural communities in Nebraska depends upon economic growth. Economic development is a policy objective of local governments. Business recruitment has been the primary strategy for most government officials and economic …
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Marketing Hometown America

December 5, 2017
Research & Engagement, 2013    Impacts This program has led to numerous community-specific successes, expansion across the Great Plains and international attention. Research within this project has demonstrated that confidence, capacity-building and behavior can be increased in community-based leadership …
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Communities Creating Their Own Innovation & Entrepreneurship

December 5, 2017
Research & Engagement, 2013 Summary ECAP is a holistic facilitative process with the goals of attracting and retaining working age population and creating entrepreneurial environments that lead to community vitality. The ECAP project will engage community members to provide feedback …
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Addressing the Rural Shortage of Mental Health Providers Through a Virtual Mentorship Network

December 5, 2017
Teaching & Engagement, 2014 Results Connected rural students and members of their communities with behavioral health professionals through a virtual network. Students and behavioral health mentors discussed behavioral health topics of interest. Students benefited from the mentor-mentee relationship and learned …
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Rural Community Engagement & Leadership Program

December 5, 2017
Teaching & Engagement, 2014      Summary The ultimate goal of this project was to build leadership capacity within undergraduate students, and at the same time build leadership capacity of rural high school students and increase their ability to positively …
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The Great Question Challenge

December 5, 2017
Teaching & Engagement, 2014 Results Mobilized rural youth to take an issue of global importance, identify the affects it has on their rural community, and implement a solution. In 2014, the Great Question theme revolved around food insecurity. Student teams …
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Community Gardens & Farmer’s Market for Curtis, Neb.

December 5, 2017
Teaching & Engagement, 2014     Results This project expanded upon an existing farmer’s market course at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture (NCTA). It included a community garden being developed to enhance student service-learning by making the garden available …
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Principles of Community Engagement in Public Health

December 5, 2017
Teaching & Engagement, 2014     Results Created an online public health curriculum and course work for undergraduate students enrolled at rural Nebraska campuses. It was offered as an option to those students who were interested in the health profession …
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Justice by Geography: Issues that Inequitably Impact Rural Youth

December 5, 2017
Teaching & Engagement, 2014 Results Educated University students interested in the juvenile justice field on the unique juvenile justice and legislative issues facing rural communities. Students were placed with a rural juvenile justice professional or agency for two months to …
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The Nebraska Hayseed Project

December 5, 2017
Research & Engagement, 2014 Results Celebrated our state’s rural communities through performing arts, a collection of oral histories and an exploration of Nebraska farm life. Undergraduate students conducted oral history interviews in rural communities which engaged statewide conversations about agriculture …
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Healthy Food, Healthy Choice

December 5, 2017
Research & Engagement, 2014     Results Improved the health of Rosebud Sioux Tribe residents by changing food consumption patterns. This project used quantitative and qualitative approaches to understand the current food environment, as well as food knowledge and preferences. …
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Bridging the Skills Gap

December 5, 2017
Research & Engagement, 2014 Results Implemented a labor market assessment model to address skills gaps in rural communities to improve local workforces and enhance long-term economic growth. Project partners worked with ten counties in Nebraska and South Dakota and community …
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Nebraska Primary Care Practice-Based Research Network

December 5, 2017
Research & Engagement, 2014 Results Connected health care providers to improve strategies for management of complex chronic diseases and implemented tools that improved transitions of care from hospitals into the outpatient setting. Using a community-based participatory research approach, these providers, …
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Rural Interprofessional UNMC Student Rotations

December 5, 2017
Teaching & Engagement, 2015 Summary The proposed bold, creative and transdisciplinary rural rotation, grounded in public health, will allow students to work interprofessionally in teams under the supervision of a public health practitioner. During the three-week rotation students will engage …
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Rural Community Diversity Action

December 5, 2017
Teaching & Engagement, 2015 Summary Utilizes a service-learning approach to link University of Nebraska–Lincoln students to rural communities that are experiencing demographic shifts. The project will work in close partnership and collaboration with the Center for Rural Affairs to identify …
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Rural Community Career Development

December 5, 2017
Teaching & Engagement, 2015     Summary Will use established curriculum that was previously piloted and will replicate it in additional communities. The project will familiarize students with the entrepreneurial concepts to help their rural communities maintain or rebuild their …
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Volunteer Program Assessment: Bridging Rural & Urban Concerns of Non-Profit Organizations

December 5, 2017
Teaching & Engagement, 2015     Summary Will offer a partially internet-mediated service learning course for undergraduate students from multiple disciplines that will involve students in learning how to assess quantitatively and qualitatively the experiences and satisfaction of volunteers working …
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Developing A Model for “Quality of Life”

December 5, 2017
Research & Engagement, 2015 Summary This project is designed to: Examine the factors that are relevant in determining “quality of life” (QOL) among ethnic minority populations in rural communities; and To develop educational tools that will help community responders in …
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Translating Evidence-based, Family-based Pediatric Obesity Treatment Program for Adoption by Rural Communities

December 5, 2017
Research & Engagement, 2015     Summary Enhance rural access to a locally successful, evidence-based, family-based, pediatric obesity treatment program–Building Healthy Families. Program translation will utilize distance learning technologies to allow rural community members in Greater Nebraska, where currently available …
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Social Media Plans for Small Businesses & Local Non-Profits

December 5, 2017
Teaching & Engagement, 2016 Summary Many rural Nebraska small businesses and non-profit organizations do not have the expertise or resources to implement social media plans, which can limit their organizational reach. This project will implement a service learning component to …
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Art at Cedar Point

December 5, 2017
Teaching & Engagement, 2016 Summary Art at Cedar Point is a transdisciplinary program which blends art and science through undergraduate field courses and artist residencies at Cedar Point Biological Station in western Nebraska. This innovative project will allow students to …
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HealthVoiceVision

December 5, 2017
Research & Engagement, 2016      Summary HealthVoiceVision is a combined Photovoice (PV) and survey research project that links community voices/images with rigorous social science research methods to provide more insight into the health of rural communities. This project …
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Community Engagement Education Model

December 5, 2017
Teaching & Engagement, 2016 Summary Many semester-long, service-learning projects realize immediate impact on community partners and service-learning students, yet this has not translated into long-term community impact. It is felt the short time frame of the fifteen-week semester coupled with …
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YouRhealth: Youth are Rural Health Program

December 5, 2017
Teaching & Engagement, 2016 Summary YouRhealth is a new innovative and bold initiative that creates a learning community that includes civic engagement by transforming Lexington High School’s (LHS) freshman health course into a rigorous visual literacy/critical thinking/community engagement environment. This …
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Enhancing Nebraska’s Ecotourism Industry

December 5, 2017
Research & Engagement, 2016 Summary Private-lands nature-based tourism can provide many benefits to stressed rural areas. This project will focus on international best practices in Namibia that can help Nebraska’s emerging ecotourism industry grow into world leaders in private-lands ecotourism. …
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Rural Prosperity Research Project

December 5, 2017
Research & Engagement, 2016 Summary The purpose of this project is to build the capacity of a cohort of rural communities to effectively create conditions for a more prosperous future by: Increasing economic opportunities that contribute to the creation of …
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Raising Awareness of Health Professionals Education Among Rural Nebraska Latino Youth

December 5, 2017
Research & Engagement, 2016 Summary Health professions shortages represent a challenge to the sustainability of rural communities. While there are insufficient rural health professionals in general, Latinos are virtually absent from this workforce. This study will develop strategies to raise …
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Health, Exercise, Technology & Aquaponics Day Camps

December 5, 2017
Teaching & Engagement, 2017 Summary “Teaching Health, Exercise, Technology, & Aquaponics (THETA) Day Camps to Grow Future Health Professionals” is a collaborative project developed by a team of seven faculty members at the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK). The …
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Obesity Intervention and Service Learning

December 5, 2017
Teaching & Engagement, 2017 Summary In an effort to combat the epidemic of rural pediatric obesity, Peru State College and the University of Nebraska at Omaha, in partnership with rural stakeholders, seek to develop a new service-learning course for undergraduates. …
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Systems Thinking for Sustainable Future

December 5, 2017
Teaching & Engagement, 2017 Summary This project provides an opportunity for youth to develop system-thinking skills by understanding how food, energy and water systems are interconnected. Undergraduate students from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Engineering will design and develop …
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Ending Mental Health Stigma & Promoting Mental Health Among Rural Nebraska College and University Students

December 5, 2017
Teaching & Engagement, 2017  Summary The growing shortage of mental health professionals in rural areas, alongside the rising number of rural college and university students who experience mental health difficulties, calls for a comprehensive public health approach to addressing …
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Increasing Rural Civic Engagement in the Digital Age

December 5, 2017
Research & Engagement, 2017 Summary Much interest is being placed on the role digital platforms play on increasing civic engagement in urban communities. However, their role in rural settings is not understood but critical as well. Rural areas can and …
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Assessment of and Treatment Applied to Food Addiction to Encourage Self-Management of Obesity

December 5, 2017
Research & Engagement, 2017  Summary Obesity is a major health issue in the United States and is associated with increased risk of comorbidities and higher medical costs. This is particularly a concern for rural residents, who have a greater …
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Rural Sourcing

December 5, 2017
Research & Engagement, 2013 Results The concept of “rural sourcing” relates to existing and start-up companies strategically locating operations in rural areas to reduce labor costs and increase employee reliability. This project built on a successful “cross-sourcing” model to recruit …
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Understanding Hispanics & Sense of Community

November 17, 2017
Teaching & Engagement, 2016 Summary This mixed methods research study will be conducted within two Nebraska counties to better understand the assets and the challenges associated with being Hispanic/Latino in rural Nebraska. This project addresses community concerns that were identified …
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Nurturing High School Entrepreneurs and Transforming Local Business Owners

November 17, 2017
Research & Engagement, 2017  Summary The critical role of entrepreneurship and small businesses in addressing many of the social (e.g., population retention) and economic challenges (e.g., lack of jobs) facing rural communities has now been well established. Consequently, there …
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Rural Narratives on Welcoming Communities

November 17, 2017
Teaching & Engagement, 2017     Summary The team will use appreciative inquiry to interview community leaders about creating welcoming communities and work with partners to develop powerful narratives, provide access to resources and disseminate best practices. Contributors Athena Ramos, …
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Building Capacity for Developing, Implementing, and Evaluating the Family Health and Wellness Coalition’s Community Health Improvement Plan

November 17, 2017
Research & Engagement, 2017    Summary Social, environmental, and behavioral determinants of health account for 60 percent of a person’s health status. Consequently, community development can influence health and a healthy community has a significant economic impact. High rates …
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Collaborative Capacity Building in Rural Nebraska Schools via Technology

November 17, 2017
Special Project, 2016 Summary There are long-standing barriers to services in rural communities including insufficient mental health services, cultural differences and stigma that make access to treatment options for mental and behavioral issues a challenge for students in rural areas. …
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Measuring the Impact of Youth Leadership Development

November 17, 2017
Research & Engagement, 2015 Summary This project expands the reach and research capacity of the Rural Civic Action Project (RCAP) by developing a psychometrically sound measure of youth leadership (including its developmental aspect) and examining its relationship to community outcomes, such as: …
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Catalyzing the Role of Micropolitan America in the Future of Rural America

November 17, 2017
Research & Engagement, 2014     Results Helped micropolitan areas identify opportunities and formulate research-driven plans for their future success in order to support rural economies. It developed a prototype in Nebraska with national applicability and actionability. As a result …
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Using Crowdsourcing for Leadership Development in Rural Communities

November 17, 2017
Research & Engagement, 2013     Results Designed and implemented a virtual crowdlearning case-based leadership development program for rural Nebraska civic and business leaders. Case-based programs used realistic and engaging scenarios to help develop skills in leadership, creative thinking and …
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