There are several ways you can become more involved in your Washington Heights community: Dígame Más, other Columbia University programs, or by directly reaching out to local community based organizations.
See below for more details!
Dígame Más service opportunities for CUMC students
- Tutoring at Community Health Academy of the Heights. Email Digame.Mas.CUMC@gmail.com to get involved.
- Shadowing Spanish-speaking medical providers – Coming soon!
Service opportunities through Columbia University
- Ambulatory Care Network Community Programs
Ambulatory Care Network’s (ACN) Division of Community Outreach mobilizes New York Presbyterian’s resources to provide clinical services, education, and preventative care to the members of the Hospital’s communities in Northern Manhattan and the Upper East Side. Key to its mission is reaching individuals of all ages who are medically underserved and lack access to high quality health care.
- Community Impact at Columbia University
Community Impact serves individuals in need in the communities of Upper Manhattan while providing meaningful volunteering and leadership opportunities for students at Columbia University and Barnard College. As students at Columbia University and Barnard College you can volunteer in one or more of our 27 programs in Adult Education, Health & Environment, Emergency Services, or Youth Programs, and learn important skills in civic engagement and non-profit management.
- Columbia University Medical Center Government & Community Affairs
Government and Community Affairs maintains collaborative relations with neighboring organizations and partners. The office helps to establish academic and community partnerships that yield a range of health education and promotion, mentoring and clinical support services to community residents.
- Mailman School of Public Health Student Groups
Student organizations at the Mailman School of Public Health serve to enhance the academic experience, advocate for social change, and increase cultural awareness. Participating in a student organization can help you get the most out of your education.
- P&S Club
The P&S Club is the most comprehensive student activities organization in American medical education. Founded by Nobel Peace Laureate John R. Mott in 1894, the Club currently sponsors approximately 70 extracurricular organizations. Service groups include:
– Black and Latino Student Organization (BALSO) Young Docs
– Columbia Harlem Homeless Medical Partnership (CHHMP)
– Columbia Student Medical Outreach Program (CoSMO)
– Columbia University Harm Reduction Outreach Network (CUHRON)
– Lang Youth Medical Program
– P&S Human Rights Initiative and Asylum Clinic
Community Based Organizations in Washington Heights
Try reaching out directly to the community based organizations to see if they could you your voluntary service. Be thoughtful about the time commitment you can make, and what you hope to contribute and take away from the experience.
- Community League of the Heights
- Dominican Women’s Development Center
- Fort George Community Enrichment Center
- Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation
- YM & YWHA