Community Health Initiative - Phoenix (CHIP)

The Community Health Initiative-Phoenix is a student developed and directed Service Learning program at UA 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. The opportunities available focus primarily on medically uninsured and underserved populations.

The Community Health Initiative-Phoenix formerly operated under Commitment to Underserved People (CUP), founded at UA College of Medicine-Tucson in 1979. The program was recently updated to expand programs, which more adequately meet the needs of the Phoenix community.

2018-2019 Leadership

Director of Service Learning: Dr. Stephanie Briney,

"I was born and raised in Montana and attended Montana State University where I studied business management. I moved to Phoenix for medical school and later completed my training at Banner Good Samaritan Family Medicine Residency. I’m grateful for the opportunity to be a part of our community through my role as the director of Service Learning and as a clinician at the NOAH-BEACH clinic. I fell in love with caring for underserved and minority patients during residency, and have been working in FQHC’s since. I love teaching and am privileged to work with such dedicated, compassionate, and inspirational students as we have at UACOM-Phoenix."

Assistant Director, Special Programs: Stephanie Hatlestad,

CHIP Service Learning Student Leader: Kelly Daus, Class of 2021,

"I am from Sugar Land, TX, and completed my undergraduate studies at Duke University in Durham, NC. I majored in Biology and minored in Chemistry and Education. Prior to starting medical school I worked as an elementary school teacher in San Antonio, TX and spent a year working for a non-profit dedicated to improving 3rd grade literacy across the city. I am passionate about partnering with organizations in the local community and working together to meet the needs of the city of Phoenix." 

Webmaster and CHIP- Student Government Liaison:
Erin Hartnett, Class of 2021,