UD STARs of Health Sciences
An important goal of the University of Delaware College of Health Sciences is to improve the health of Delawareans, doing so through education, research, care, service, and innovation. Led by its Dean Kathleen Matt, the college is leading a bevy of community engagement efforts in partnership with support groups and community members throughout the state.
In its innovative STAR Health Sciences Complex, the college invites community members to a constant flurry of events, including question-and-answer sessions with faculty experts on complicated health topics, cooking demonstrations, and free health screenings. UD’s STAR Campus has become a favorite destination for Delaware middle and high school students, who take part in academic competitions, field trips, camps, and laboratory demonstrations. And when the 10-story ‘Tower at STAR’ opens later this year, many more opportunities to inspire young scientists and host community members will immediately commence.
But College of Health Sciences faculty, staff, and students don’t simply wait for the community to visit Newark. UD representatives conduct free ‘Know Your Numbers’ health screening events at many Delaware businesses, stand in as principal for a day at an array of schools, read books to preschoolers, bring food and clothes for those less fortunate, and donate exercise equipment to parks and recreation. The college is also focused on conducting community-based research. UD researchers are helping people with health issues to become more independent, whether it’s helping individuals with brain injuries become more mobile, helping people with intellectual disabilities with physical fitness, or helping children with language impairment from falling behind academically.
So whether our community is faced with a chronic disease, rehabilitation, public health, or any other complex challenges, the University of Delaware College of Health Sciences will work hand-in-hand with patients, caregivers, and community partners to achieve better health outcomes and quality of life.