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Collegiate Health Service Corps (CHSC)

Overview

To expose undergraduate students to health careers through service learning experiences that promote culturally competent health promotion and disease prevention education to medically underserved communities.

The Collegiate Health Service Corps (CHSC) strives to improve access to health care by increasing the likelihood that participants who plan to pursue careers in primary healthcare return to work with medically underserved populations and apply to pipeline programs like the National Health Service Corps (NHSC). The program works towards these objectives by recruiting a diverse student population and providing them with training and meaningful service learning experiences early in their educational careers. In return, communities receive high quality health and disease prevention education and basic health screenings that help foster trusting relationships with health care providers.

The Collegiate Health Service Corps (CHSC) is a structured service learning program created by Eastern CT AHEC in 2005. The program was replicated statewide in 2008 and nationally in 2010. Over 200 students participate in the CHSC program, providing more than 12,000 annual hours in health promotion and disease prevention service learning activities.

The CHSC is designed to strengthen the health career pipeline by expanding upon the Youth Health Service Corps (YHSC), which was developed by Connecticut AHEC and the University of Connecticut Health Center, in collaboration with the State Department of Public Health.

CHSC Mission:

To expose undergraduate students to health careers through service learning experiences that promote culturally competent health promotion and disease prevention education to medically underserved communities