Graduate College - Community Engagement Project

Graduate College – Community Engagement Project is a new initiative by Graduate College and serves as an avenue for aspiring graduate students to enhance experiential​ learning, learn to serve and contribute to the society. 
 

Interested students can submit a project proposal and application form to gradcollege@ntu.edu.sg. The project proposal should be in line with the Graduate College’s community engagement themes (continuous learning, community service, and sustainability) and is not limited to physical volunteering, but also includes organizing virtual events and talks, exhibitions, visitations, development of digital products or other activities that are beneficial to the community or society. Reasonable budget can be proposed to support the execution of the project. The closing date for the current submission call is 1st March 2021. This will be a continuous open call till Jun 2021 and the submitted proposals will be evaluated at the end of every month. 

GRADUATE COLLEGE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PROJECT: COMMUNITY TELEHEALTH SERVICE

Graduate College’s first Community Engagement Project was launched at Punggol 21 Community Centre on 9 January 2021.

The Community Telehealth Service (CTS) was an initiative by nine graduate students from the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine and the Interdisciplinary Graduate Programme. It aims to provide free health monitoring to Singaporeans above 50 years of age, as well as those who have had their regular health check-ups deferred due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The check-ups took place in specially constructed telemedicine booths that leverage the latest health technologies to test for eye and cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, as well as obesity.  The computerised health screening system was provided by South Korean healthcare start-up, Medi-Whale. It uses an automated camera to take several images of a person's eye and its artificial intelligence (AI)-powered system then processes the retinal images to determine an individual's health conditions.

(Above Photos by: Caroline Chia/ WhatAreYouDoing.sg)

 

When asked about her experience with the telehealth screening, Ms Jasmine said, “It was very easy and non-frightening. The volunteers who have helped me through the various checks were very approachable.”

Professor Lee Pooi See, Dean of Graduate College said: "The University takes pride in our graduate students for fostering the spirit of community engagement. We fully support our students in their remarkable volunteerism in embarking on this meaningful experiential learning journey which is an excellent example of an interdisciplinary collaboration."

The pilot for the Community Telehealth Service was held from 9 January 2021 to 28 February 2021 at Punggol 21 Community Club. A total of 55 trained student and community volunteers helped 627 residents undergo the health monitoring service, with 26% of users referred to SingHealth eventually.

Award: CoLab4Good Award 

Media Coverage: 

  1. Students provide free telehealth monitoring service for the community-Media Coverage, NTU News.
  2. Free health screening services for 1,000 residents at Punggol 21 Community Club- The Straits Times, page B5, and online, 10 Jan
  3. Article reproduced in The New Paper, page 6, and online, as well as in Times of News (Singapore), 11 Jan.
  4. NTU students take telehealth service to Punggol residents in seven-week trial- Singapore Tonight, CNA, 10 pm, 10 Dec
  5. NTU Singapore graduate students to provide free telehealth monitoring service for the community- News Tonight, Channel 5, 9 pm, 10 Dec
  6. NTU students set up remote medical examination stations to allow residents to do physical examinations in the community- Singapore Today, Channel 8, 6.30 pm, and online, 10 Jan
  7. Nine NTU graduate students use AI to provide free remote medical examinations for the community- Lianhe Zaobao, page 6, and online, 10 Jan
  8. 1,000 Punggol residents have access to telecommunication check-ups at community centres- BERITA Mediacorp, 10 Jan
  9. Free health screenings at Punggol- Berita Harian, page 2
  10. Free health screening services for 1,000 residents at Punggol- Tamil Murasu, page 3​
  11. Pandemic-proof Health Screening Services for the Community- WAYD.sg
  12. Community Telehealth Services, ThisisScope
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