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.

2016-2017 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."

Program Coordinator: Sara Hillman,

Sara Hillman is the Coordinator for the Rural and Underserved Programs at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix. In this roll she is an integral part of the leadership teams for the FCPM Clerkship, the Rural Health Professions Program and Service Learning.  Her undergrad is in Psychology, her masters is in Business Admin and she has a Project Management Certificate. She enjoys Crossfitting, doing home renovations, and spending time with her husband and new baby.

CHIP Service Learning Student Leader: Shivani Misra Class of 2020,

"I am from Phoenix, AZ, but I completed my undergraduate studies at University of Arizona in Tucson. I majored in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science (with an emphasis on aging and development) and minored in Biochemistry and Public Health. I also received a Certificate in Developmental Disabilities. I am extremely excited and so honored to be your new CHIP Leader this year!"

Webmaster and CHIP- Student Government Liaison:
Chris Bean, Class of 2020,

"I was born and raised in Phoenix Arizona and I attended Arizona State University for my undergrad. I majored in Health Sciences and minored in Spanish and Mathematics. I love Phoenix and its inhabitants and I am thrilled to serve them in whatever way I can!"