Des Moines University students, staff and faculty are encouraged to live our mission of outreach into our community. With over 40 community partners, our students, faculty and staff are committed to engaging beyond the campus to make a difference in the lives of those we touch.

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.

Community 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. You can also contact our Admission Department for more information dmuadmit@dmu.edu

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.

Contact and request for assistance

Hanna de Geest is happy to answer questions related to community service, community medicine, school or youth presentations.

The Community Relations Department can be reached at hanna.degeest@dmu.edu.

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