The philosophy of the Community Service Unit (CSU) stems from the philosophy of the University as a whole, and the College of Nursing-Jeddah (CON-J) in particular. It involves strengthening the role of the CSU in creating a stimulating environment for preparation and delivery of health awareness programs as well as constant interaction with all segments of the society, especially disadvantaged and undeserved groups, in order to raise the level of health awareness among population.
The CSU strengthens the interaction and relationship between CON-J and all segments of the community for effective contribution to creating a health-educated community. The CSU will facilitate the dissemination of knowledge and health awareness among populations, using scientific methods and with support of health personnel who are expert in providing health services and awareness for community groups.
1. Continuity of communication between the CON-J and the community as a whole through conducting free-of-charge health fairs (days) for different population categories in the community, especially the undeserved and at-risk populations in the society. These services will be offered in coordination with other local health teams that provide free health services and awareness to different groups of residents.
2. Increase the availability of health information to different groups in the society through Health educational lectures, training, programs for:
A. School children and teachers.
B. University and community college students.
C. Women at childbearing age related to pregnancy, lactation, and menstruation.
D. Patients (and their families) suffering from chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, anemia, etc. and train them to check blood sugar and pressure.
E. People with special needs and handicapped such as disabled, deaf and mute especially those related to first aid and safety issues.
F. Kindergartens staff on how to handle and protect children from accidents other diseases.
G. Youth groups (teenagers) to raise awareness about the effects of smoking and addiction, reproductive health, and how to deal with adolescence and related matters.
H. Elderly people especially those at risk for health problems and injury.
3. Create a health information Database documenting the community service and volunteer activities of the College, especially those related to health services area, to enable the College to use the information for scientific research and health reports and evidence-base planning. This could be accomplished through:
A. Health surveillance for any geographical area where the unit conduct a free health day (fair)
B. Health survey by college staff, faculty members, and students at the University and in collaboration with the college.
4. Building cooperative/collaborative relations with local sectors working on development of awareness and promotion of the health of citizens and residents through:
A. Get external support from informal or formal agencies (in the form of material and moral support).
B. Encourage the local community to support the activities of the unit and facilitate the implementation of its pans as much as possible.
5– Participation in the international health days such as outreach community activities.