Parent Organization: Graduate Research Association of Students in Public Health
The OHS (Ontario Health Study) gives York students the opportunity to help promote the largest gathering of health information ever collected in the province. York University is the academic lead on this province wide initiative.
We have the capability to track (while individual confidentiality is maintained) the health profiles of students, faculty and staff at the university. The OHS just reached 100,000 people across the province, and is limited only by the number of participants
who volunteer their information to help create the richest database of health information ever.
As a volunteer, students work at the front lines helping to promote and encourage enrollment into the landmark study. www.yorku.ca/health/ohs
The Exercise Education Program at Black Creek Community Health Centre is the first clinically integrated exercise program to focus on disease management and prevention. This program, strongly linked with the School of Kinesiology and Health Science, and supported by the Dean's office of the Faculty of Health, provide kinesiology students with the opportunity to share their health related knowledge with members of the Jane and Finch community. Duties include maintaining a three hour volunteer shift in the free of charge Exercise Education Room (EER) once a week for an entire semester. Attend a mandatory full day training at the beginning of the session. Help to enroll new participants, track participant exercise, promote healthy eating, keep the EER well kept, and manage the schedule.
Since is founding in February of 2010, we've had over 100 Kinesiology students volunteer with the program. It has lead to the employment of numerous volunteers, honors and independent studies, and excellent, hands on experience that has allowed for letters of recommendation to be provided for a number of post graduate schools.