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Cudahy High School Survey and Focus Groups: Assessment of the Needs of a Teen Population. A Community–Campus Collaboration

Authors

  • Bridget T. Doerr D.N.Sc., R.N.,

    1. Bridget T. Doerr was a Lecturer, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Nursing, Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the time of the study. Currently, she is a Program Specialist, Wauwatosa Health Department, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. Carol Wantuch is a Health Officer, Cudahy Health Department, Cudahy, Wisconsin.
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  • Carol Wantuch R.N., B.S.N., M.S.

    1. Bridget T. Doerr was a Lecturer, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Nursing, Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the time of the study. Currently, she is a Program Specialist, Wauwatosa Health Department, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. Carol Wantuch is a Health Officer, Cudahy Health Department, Cudahy, Wisconsin.
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Address correspondence to Bridget T. Doerr, 115 W. Ironwood Lane, Mequon, Wisconsin 53092. E-mail: bridoerr@execpc.com

Abstract

Collaboration between local public health agencies and university schools of nursing can be advantageous to both parties. Students need opportunities to learn aggregate-based care; health officers need community partnerships that expand their potential to accomplish core functions. This article offers a case study to illustrate a collaborative relationship. A high school survey and a plan for teen services were the focus of the joint endeavor. With guidance from faculty, students offered labor and expertise; the agency offered a real world laboratory for learning.

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