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Community Relations

Des Moines University appreciates and respects the community it serves. Our faculty, staff and students at DMU are committed to being active members of the community. Community relations brings together the various efforts and contributions of Des Moines University. Our goal is to make a long-lasting and substantive impact on greater Des Moines.

Services offered

At the Iowa State fair a DMU student tests someone's blood pressureCommunity service

Des Moines University’s employees and students are committed to making the community a better place to live and is committed to promoting volunteerism. Faculty, staff and students are actively encouraged to “do a world of good”. Nonprofit organizations can request DMU employee’s assistance through the employee volunteer program called Reach-Out DMU. Request community service assistance

Community medicine

The DMU community medicine program provides several free health services to the community. DMU medical and health sciences students and faculty donate their professional expertise at events such as health fairs and first aid tents. Request community medicine assistance

In-kind giving

For the benefit of the community, the university strives to make its resources available. Qualifying nonprofit organizations may use our facilities for community events occurring after 5 p.m., on the weekends or during a university break. Request an in-kind award

Education and outreach

DMU offers presentations and workshops on medical and health issues. While some programs expose attendees to the medical profession, others empower community members to take charge of their own health. Sign up to receive announcements of our outreach programs that are open to the public at DMU news and events. If you have a specific education or outreach request for your organization, make an inquiry to see if DMU can help. Request community education or outreach


The university comes together in an organized effort to make a lasting impact in the community through partnerships with various nonprofit and community organizations that support the mission and vision of the University.

Contact and request for assistance

If you feel your organization could benefit from one of the above DMU services, please complete the request form or contact the community relations department at 515-271-1374.