Community Health Project
The BUSM Community Health Project (CHP) serves to network students interested in volunteering their time and services to Community Health Centers (CHCs) and the populations they serve, as well as raise medical student awareness of the care delivered in the CHC setting. CHP has relationships with many CHCs in the Boston area in an effort to unite students interested in service learning with clinics interested in receiving student volunteers. The goal of CHP is to foster a rich service learning experience through outreach services, in the hope that both students and CHCs benefit from the interaction. Students are able to utilize skills learned in the medical school curriculum to assist the underserved, while also honing their understanding of primary/community care and the role it plays in improving health outcomes. CHCs benefit from motivated volunteers helping to start new projects or augmenting existing programs.
1. Database of Volunteer Needs
• Network of CHCs interested in utilizing BUSM students in volunteer projects.
• Database of the volunteer needs at each individual CHC.
2. Organization of Medical Students
• Organize student volunteers with unique skills in order to meet the needs of each CHC.
• The CHP encourages and aids students in development of their own individualized volunteer projects.
• Both volunteer and paid opportunities at CHCs are promoted and advertised by the CHP at the medical campus.
3. Web-based Forum
• Provides CHCs with students interested in volunteering their services.
• Provides students with up-to-date postings of volunteer needs at each center
Participating CHCs include:
- South Boston Community Health Center
- Fenway Community Health Center
- Martha Eliot Health Center
- Upham’s Corner Health Center
- Codman Square Community Health Center
- The SPARK Center
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