Student Service-Learning Projects: Good Intentions, Questionable Impact

  • Saara Z. Nasruddin University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy
  • Meagen Rosenthal University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmacy Administration
  • Vibhuti Arya St. John's University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Department of Clinical Health Professions
Keywords: community engagement, health equity, community participation, public health, student pharmacist


Student pharmacist-led service-learning projects aimed at community engagement generally provide health education while promoting the pharmacy profession. Many such projects often assume the needs and wants of community residents, and key community partners are often left off the decision-making table when it comes to planning. This paper will offer some reflection and guidance for student organizations to consider when planning projects, with a focus on local community partnerships to identify and address needs for more meaningful and sustainable impact.


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Received 2021-04-26
Accepted 2022-11-15
Published 2022-11-23
Community Engagement