The Community Health Initiative – Phoenix (CHIP) is a student-developed and directed service-learning program at UArizona College of Medicine – Phoenix. The initiative is comprised of various opportunities that allow medical students to serve the community through provision of clinical care, health education and mentoring. Services focus primarily on medically uninsured and underserved populations.
The Community Health Initiative – Phoenix formerly operated under Commitment to Underserved People (CUP), founded at the College of Medicine – Tucson in 1979. The program was updated to expand programs, which more adequately meet the needs of the Phoenix community.
These experiences may include working at a student-run clinic based at the Wesley Community and Health Center, planning and participating in health fairs, giving health-related talks to grade school students and volunteering at local clinics. The program places emphasis on the service component, helping students realize that it is part of a physician's responsibility to give back to the community.
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