Student Participant

Are you a student participant in the Community Teacher program?

Program Overview

The Community Teacher experience is a service learning experience which pairs medical, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physical therapy and health coaching students with a volunteer Community Teacher (CT). Through this course students develop a working/professional relationship with their CT and learn from their CT’s health and life experiences. Students will work with their CT to choose and complete activities unique to each CT’s health profile. CTs benefit by gaining better understanding of their health by discussing and evaluating their health profile with health professional students and learning more about a variety of professional roles in healthcare. Students benefit by further developing patient-centered teamwork and communication skills necessary for the collaborative practice environment.

1Health course coordinators will recruit community volunteers and assign student teams for the program, with each team comprised of 3-4 students and one Community Teacher.

Community Teacher Learning Objectives for Students

  1. Engage in interprofessional, person-centered* relationships with the Community Teacher. 
  2. Demonstrate communication skills and techniques that establish an environment of respect, empathy, compassion, and openness between the Community Teacher and the interprofessional team.
  3. Describe the roles, skills, and value of diverse team members to an interprofessional healthcare team.

 *Different professions use different language in clinical settings.  Examples include Patient-Centered, Client-Centered, Person-Centered, etc.

Expectations of Student Participants

  • All student participants must view the required orientation to the Community Teacher program, available via the 1Health Database (students will receive email notification when it is available for their academic year), and self-report that they have viewed the recording in the 1Health Database upon completion.
  • Student teams of 3-4 students will be assigned to a CT; these teams will remain the same throughout the academic year.
  • Visit with their CT three times throughout the academic year:
    • Visit 1 must be completed by Sunday, October 31, 2021
    • Visit 2 must be completed by Duluth teams by Sunday, December 5, 2021 
    • Visit 2 must be completed by Twin Cities teams by Sunday, February 27, 2022
    • Visit 3 must be completed by Friday, April 1, 2022
  • Each group will be responsible for coordinating with one another and their CT the best time and mode of connection for virtual CT visits.
    • It is recommended that each team assign a “team captain” who can be responsible for contacting the CT and scheduling the visits.
  • All students in a team must attend the CT visit together.
  • Complete a post-visit team assessment immediately after each visit (found in the 1Health Database)
  • Attend a large-group CT debriefing session in the fall (as assigned in the 1Health Database)
  • Complete a required mid-year and end-of-year course evaluation.
  • Through visits with CT, student teams will reflect upon and report on their experiences with their CT in a final paper assignment. The final assignment will include a summary of the CT's strengths, needs, and opportunities to enhance their wellbeing, with special consideration to factors that impact the CT’s health, access to services, or patterns of health care utilization. The team will provide recommendations to improve the CT's health and wellbeing, as well as reflect on their overall experience working on a person-centered team. This completed paper is to be shared with the CT at the final visit. Any revisions and feedback from the CT should be incorporated into the paper. The final group reflection paper will be submitted to the 1Health Curriculum Coordinator ([email protected]) to document course completion. Students will also give a copy of the final copy to their CT, and they can choose to share this with any of their health care team members, family members, etc.
  • Complete a required self-reflection assignment in Flipgrid and self-report completion in the 1Health Database.
  • If a CT is unavailable for a scheduled visit, students must attempt to reschedule within an acceptable time frame.
  • If any issues arise, please communicate with the 1Health course coordinator as soon as possible by emailing [email protected]

Course Links

1Health Database - This database will track your participation in all 1Health interprofessional curricular and co-curricular offerings during your educational career at University of Minnesota.  You will be asked to use this system to access all of the course details for the CT course, including your CT group information, assignment details, debriefing session date/time information, and also to provide valuable course feedback.  A record of all of your completed 1Health interprofessional curricular and co-curricular activities can be found on your homepage in the 1Health Database (upon logging in, go to the blue "My Transcript" tile on your "My 1Health Overview" homepage).

Important Dates: 2021-22 Academic Year

Item & Description 

Due Date

View Orientation Video

Friday, September 10, 2021 (all participants)

Teams must at least initiate contact with CT--note that CTs have been told they will be contacted by this date!

Friday, September 24, 2021

Complete Visit #1 & the online team assessment form for Visit #1

Sunday, October 31, 2021 (all participants)

CT Debriefing Session--check 1Health Database for your assigned date/time/location

Varies by team; check your assigned date/time/location in the 1Health Database (under "My CT Activities," click the "Debriefing-Fall" tab)

Complete required mid-year evaluation in 1Health Database

Duluth teams: Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Twin Cities teams: Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Complete Visit #2 & the online team assessment form for Visit #2

Duluth teams: Sunday, December 5, 2021

Twin Cities teams: Sunday, February 27, 2022

Complete Visit #3 & the online team assessment form for Visit #3

Friday, April 1, 2022 (all participants)

Self-Reflection due (see "Self-Reflection" tab in 1Health Database for details/information)

MUST COMPLETE and SELF-REPORT by 12:00 PM on Friday, April 15, 2022

Final Assignments due (see “Final” tab in 1Health Database for details/template links)

MUST SUBMIT by 12:00 PM on Friday, April 15, 2022 (email to [email protected])

Complete required End of Course Evaluation in 1Health Database

MUST COMPLETE by 11:59 PM on Friday, April 29, 2022

Student completion record updated in 1Health Database by 1Health team

Friday, May 6, 2022