Nursing students at UTMB Health gained valuable experience this summer by developing partnerships in the community while participating in an important service-learning activity, wrote Kay Sandor, a professor in the School of Nursing, in this guest column. The students began by collecting data for a needs assessment survey of Holy Family parish. Of the 646 parishioners surveyed, 168 replied they would be interested in a parish health fair and specifically in screenings for blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterol. Based on the survey results, Corinne Oppermann, coordinator for the community health nursing course at UTMB, reached out to other schools and programs on the UTMB campus to plan and conduct a health fair for the Holy Family parish. On Sept. 26, an inter-professional health care team of students and faculty spent the day conducting the “Healthy Living” event in the auditorium of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Galveston.