Center for Community and Global Health



At Lewis & Clark, we believe the intersection of science and narrative is a powerful place for healing. Stories, thoughtfully prescribed, honestly written and deeply heard, help us all to see new possibilities, build resilience, practice empathy, and promote healing. Broader perspectives gift us with a greater appreciation for life—critical for students who will find work in the health professions. What better skills to tackle the public health challenges of today?

The Center for Community and Global Health is a great place to start your story. Here’s how:

Discover your path

Are you a L&C student interested in a career in the health professions? (Current, prospect, or alumni are all welcome.) Whether you know your goal, or are curious about a new idea, explore possible pathways and develop a plan at the Center. Connect with Carolyn Zook, Associate Director and Pre-Health Advisor, and  get where you want to go! Schedule your meeting now!

Connect to community

If you’re a student passionate about taking learning out of the classroom and into the community, there’s a place for you here. Empowered with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, we’re partnering with community organizations to heal social suffering through story. Students, faculty, and community will work together on creative projects with organizations including Write Around Portland, the Northwest Narrative Medicine Collaborative, Inside Out, and Roosevelt High School. Check out our Center calendar for events with community partners, or drop a line to Alexis Rehrmann, Community Engagement Coordinator, and say hello.

L&C class held outside. L&C class held outside. Credit: Steve Hambuchen


For faculty, staff, students, and community partners, the Center offers space and support for collaboration and interdisciplinary learning. Are you a current student interested in the Health Studies minor? Do you have a partnership or a project that supports health, healing, and humanities? We want to hear from you. As the Center gets going, we’ll share opportunities for funding projects and applied learning opportunities. Email Director Jerusha Detweiler-Bedell to start a conversation.

We’re new here, too!

The Center for Community and Global Health launched this fall and we’re looking forward to getting to know you. If you’ve got a great idea, interest or simply an inkling, we’d love to hear it. Email us! Look out for an expanded website coming in 2021 and check out our Center calendar for upcoming events.  

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