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academic-practice collaboration, injury prevention, population health, prescription drug overdose, service-learning



  1. Alexander, Gina K. PhD, MPH, RN
  2. Canclini, Sharon B. MS, RN, FCN, CNE
  3. Krauser, Debbie L. MSN, APRN, ANP-BC, CEN


Teams of senior-level baccalaureate nursing students at a private, urban university complete a population-focused public health nursing practicum through service-learning partnerships. Recently, students collaborated with local service agencies for Safe Communities America, a program of the National Safety Council in affiliation with the World Health Organization. This article describes the student-led process of community assessment, followed by systematic planning, implementation, and evaluation of evidence-based interventions to advance prescription drug overdose/poisoning prevention efforts in the community.