PARTNERS & INITIATIVES

We train the next generation workforce through experiential learning, clinical offerings, community engagement opportunities, study abroad visits and innovation with faculty and partners.

 

We want to immerse our students in real-time opportunities to engage their minds, support the community and give them the skills to mold the future of healthcare. Healthcare is a team sport so join us in shaping a new direction in healthcare.

 

To partner with us, contact Michael Smith at smithm@udel.edu.

UD STAR Campus Partners

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Adding a location to the UD STAR Campus has allowed IPO to partner with the University of Delaware College of Health Sciences on the leading prosthetics and orthotics in the country. Instead of doing the research and discovery themselves, IPO partnered with UDCHS for access to top gait technology leading to broader community impact for patients throughout the surrounding region.

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From training the next generation of healthcare professionals to caring for Delaware, ChristianaCare and the University of Delaware College of Health Sciences are forged together for the health of Delaware. Whether its simulation to prepare our students to be ready on day one or partnering our Nurse Managed Primary Care Center with the Care Now Urgent Care Center on the UD STAR Campus, UDCHS and ChristianaCare are focused on the current and future health needs for all Delawareans.

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From taking physical space at the south end of the Health Sciences Complex on the STAR Campus to exploration and innovation with UDCHS faculty and experiential learning for our molecular and medical science’s students, Delaware Technology Park continues to push the boundaries of science leading to Delaware’s latest discoveries and innovations.

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CLINICAL PARTNERS

Nemours and the University of Delaware College of Health Sciences are committed to providing the best future leaders for pediatric care. Whether it’s pediatric mobility, speech pathology, nutrition, physical therapy or care, Nemours has been a distinguished partner of UDCHS through our programs, research and community care initiatives.

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Thomas Jefferson University is Delaware’s research partner through the Delaware Health Sciences Alliance and Delaware’s partner medical school. Our world-class faculty work with faculty at TJU on exploration across the health sciences spectrum for real world medical delivery and impact. Our pre-med students, physiology students and others have the opportunity to engage with a first-class medical school nearby.

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The partnership with the University of Delaware Partnership for Healthy Communities, the state of Delaware, Saint Francis Hospital and Highmark Delaware is working to support improvements in health outcomes in Wilmington’s most vulnerable neighborhoods.

This Community Mobile Healthcare and Wellness partnership is leveraging the St. Clare Medical Outreach van as an opportunity to address social determinants of health in a new, collaborative way. The pilot, which began visiting Wilmington communities, aims to establish an academic-community service model providing hands-on experience in population health for University of Delaware students while also expanding access to care and outreach opportunities for those in need of healthcare services.

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The University of Delaware College of Health Sciences partners with the Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing at Beebe Healthcare on a three-year program that leads to an associate of arts degree from UD and a diploma in professional nursing from Rollins. The partnership was created to deal with the critical shortage of health professionals in the state of Delaware.

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As one of the University of Delaware College of Health Sciences clinical affiliates, UDCHS students from across disciplines enjoy getting clinical practicum hours at the Bayhealth Medical Center. As a clinical affiliate, the partnership allows UDCHS students to be exposed to different parts of the state with different clinical partners to reinforce experiential learning opportunities for real-world practice and future job placement.niversity of Delaware students while also expanding access to care and outreach opportunities for those in need of healthcare services.

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PIPELINE PARTNERS

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To create a talented pipeline of future health professionals right in our back yard, the University of Delaware College of Health Sciences created a dual enrollment partnership with Newark High School to get high school students on campus sooner and help expose them to careers and content in health. With classes at Newark High, experiential learning opportunities at the UD STAR Campus and getting exposed to campus life, the partnership continues to keep more students in Delaware exposed to future health professions.

Beginning in the Fall 2016, Saint Mark’s has partnered with the University of Delaware College of Health Sciences, allowing students to take courses in the College of Health Sciences on Saint Mark’s campus during the school day. Instructors and professors from UDCHS teach the courses, with two courses being offered in the first semester and one in the second semester. Students enrolled in these courses receive full college credit from the University of Delaware as well as high school credit from Saint Mark’s.

ACADEMIC HEALTH CENTER PARTNERS

Through DIMER , the University of Delaware has a relationship with Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University of Philadelphia, PA, and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) resulting in Sidney Kimmel Medical College and PCOM functioning as Delaware's medical schools. Each year twenty (20) admission slots at Sidney Kimmel Medical College and ten (10) admission slots at PCOM are reserved for first year applicants from Delaware, which has increased the odds of acceptance for students from the First State.

In 2007, the Delaware Health Information Network (DHIN) became the first live, statewide health information network in the nation. DHIN provides medical professionals with secure and immediate access to up-to-date test results, saving time, money and duplicate effort all while improving speed of care and quality care. The University of Delaware is one of the DHIN’s premier providers enrolled.

Delaware Health Sciences Alliance (DHSA) was established in 2009 by University of Delaware College of Health Sciences’ Dean Kathleen S. Matt with four founding partners—ChristianaCare, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Thomas Jefferson University and the University of Delaware. The alliance enables partner organizations to collaborate and conduct cutting-edge biomedical research, to improve the health of Delawareans through access to services in the state and region, and to educate the next generation of health care professionals. The DHSA’s unique, broad-based partnership focuses on establishing innovative collaborations among experts in medical education and practice, health economics and policy, population sciences, public health, and biomedical sciences and engineering.

Besides training a next generation of healthcare professionals for our partners across the health spectrum, the University of Delaware College of Health Sciences also partners with West Family Healthcare annual on Peace Week Delaware on numerous community opportunities at the University of Delaware STAR Campus focusing on Building Safer Communities.

In 2017, the University of Delaware and Wilmington VA Medical signed an Associated Health Education Affiliation Agreement to connect UD's growing research enterprise with the nation's veterans and the employees who serve them. From the BADER Consortium, Delaware INBRE and Veterans Affairs Patient Experience Academy, the University of Delaware College of Health Sciences has a long history of research focused on veterans in partnership with the VA and United States Department of Defense. The most recent partnership, the Veterans Affairs Patient Experience Academy, has been a rewarding collaboration centered around healthcare theatre simulation.

In a multi-level partnership, University of Delaware College of Heath Sciences Nutrition students’ partner with UD Ag students to provide a Farmer’s Market for Helen Graham Cancer Center’s patients. This level partnership allows patients to focus getting well while promoting healthy nutrition habits with experiential learning for UDCHS students.

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

The impact on Delaware’s most vulnerable makes Easters Seals and the University of Delaware College of Health Sciences natural partners. Speech pathology, physical therapy, pediatric mobility, home care and more, UDCHS partners directly with Easter Seals so Delaware’s most vulnerable are in good hands!

The University of Delaware College of Health Sciences and the Newark Senior Center partner to help community members celebrate life after 50 through a variety of programming with our Delaware Physical Therapy Clinic, primary care, speech pathology services and more.

Delaware Bio collaborates with industry, academic, and government partners across the region to promote the growth of our members and actively work to keep newly created innovation in Delaware. As one of Delaware Bio’s academic partners, the University of Delaware’s medical and molecular sciences students enjoy scholarship, experiential learning and future employment. Delaware Bio is leading bio science trade organization in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Avkin and the University of Delaware College of Health Sciences are partners through innovation. Avkin is a spinoff of UD faculty taking their innovation to market. By partnering with Avkin, UDCHS students are offered simulation and healthcare theatre with Avkin’s overlay technologies preparing students for real-life situations!

LiteCure’s corporate office is located less than 5 miles from the main campus for the University of Delaware.  LiteCure collaborates with the UD Physical Therapy Program to help educate the physical therapy students, and supports the university by providing guest lectures.  LiteCure has also been involved in helping to make laser therapy a core part of the classroom and clinical educational experience at the University of Delaware. 

One of America’s largest insurance providers, Highmark benefits from partnering with the University of Delaware College of Health Sciences for the future of a health and wellness approach to care. The partnership focuses on the social determinants of health with UD’s Partnership for Healthy Communities through community health initiatives. To learn more, please visit

The Innovation Health and Design Lab, led by Director of Innovation Martha Hall, is currently collaborating with ARL to create novel ballistic and protective clothing for active-duty military.  The ExoSuit will provide ballistic protection through knitting Kevlar yarns into a breathable and comfortable garment, with an attachable exoskeleton to protect from ankle and foot injury.

The Newark Partnership is a community coalition dedicated to the economic, cultural, aesthetic, environmental, and social enhancement of the City of Newark. As one of TNP’s founding members, the University of Delaware is committed to working together toward the common goals of enriching the city’s prosperity and improving the quality of life for our students and city residents. The College of Health Sciences is proud to have Dean Kathleen S. Matt on the Board of Directors of The Newark Partnership.

With more than 1 out of 6 Delawareans being food insecure, the University of Delaware College of Health Sciences is committed to helping. Whether it’s partnering on mobile distribution events for UD students and sponsored by our nutrition students or partnering with the Food Bank for food donations in our buildings around campus, UDCHS is proud to be a partner of the Food Bank of Delaware for the health of all Delawareans. 

Starting as a Student Service Organization through the University of Delaware College of Health Sciences, Lori’s Hands has transformed into its own 501©3 nonprofit organization with multiple chapters in Delaware, Baltimore and Michigan. Lori’s Hands builds mutually beneficial partnerships between community members with chronic illness and college students, fostering empathy, connection, and resilience. Students provide practical assistance to support community members' independence at home, and community members share their health and life experiences to support students' learning.

Delaware Hospice is the leading nonprofit hospice servicing the region. Delaware Hospice strikes a balance of providing care along with comfort and peace of mind to families and patients. From training healthcare professionals to working on simulation for bed side manner, the University of Delaware College of Health Sciences is proud to partner with Delaware Hospice.

Sean’s House is a support center dedicated to providing round the clock help for young people with mental health issues. Sean’s House partners with the University of Delaware College of Health Sciences for peer training and peer-to-peer support for mental health counseling through UDCHS School of Nursing. Sean’s House, named for the late UD alumnus Sean Locke, a member of the Blue Hens basketball team who took his own life in 2018 just weeks before his 24th birthday.

Newark Morning Rotary and the University of Delaware College of Health Sciences are natural partners. With a focus on service to the community, UDCHS has partnered with Newark Morning Rotary on community service projects, the Report to the Community and morning talks to engage leaders in the community with the University’s initiatives.

The University of Delaware College of Health Sciences is proud to partner with the local business community. Whether it’s the annual Health Innovation Summit, Economic Development Council or being the conduit between businesses and their future workforce, UDCHS is proud to partner with local businesses to help connect and accelerate business growth.