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Community Relations

Des Moines University  students, staff and faculty are encouraged to live our mission by doing “a world of good” through outreach and volunteer initiatives abroad and in our own backyard.

DMU’s commitment to community is evident in our academics as well as club activities and staff service projects, which prioritize making an impact in the areas of health, education and diversity.

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

Des Moines University has more than 60 student clubs, many of which are engaged in ongoing volunteer relationships and outreach events. Employees receive 16 hours of community service leave with approved community partner organizations such as the American Red Cross, Easter Seals and Meals from the Heartland.


Education and outreach

DMU offers presentations and workshops on medical and health issues. Programs such as our Mini Medical School expose attendees to medical professions and topics and others empower community members to take charge of their own health.  Learn more about youth and school outreach.

Community medicine

DMU presents several health fairs annually focused on serving school-age children, seniors and people with disabilities. We also partner with organizations for screenings at various community events. Our ability to accommodate requests for community medicine assistance is limited.  Learn more about community medicine events.

In-kind giving

Des Moines University student and staff organizations hold frequent donation drives to benefit charity organizations. Collections range from back-to-school supplies, personal care items and holiday adopt-a-family programs.

Contact and request for assistance

Brianne Sanchez, Community Relations Manager, is happy to answer questions related to community service, community medicine, school or youth presentations and the Mobile Clinic.

The Community Relations Department can be reached at (515) 271-1374.