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PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Health Fairs CHIP program works to create community partnerships for students to have the opportunity to interact with the Phoenix community. Students are able to practice the skills they've learned during the doctoring course such as gathering history and performing the physical exam. 

HopeFest

  • Program Overview
    • UACOM-Phoenix and CityServe began a partnership in 2012, allowing our students and faculty to participate in the largest direct-services event in Maricopa County - HopeFest Phoenix. 
    • Each year, faculty and students perform physical exams and offer medical care to hundreds of our uninsured, underinsured and underserved community members. 
    • Most importantly, we connect these patients with community clinics that have resources to facilitate long-term solutions to healthcare needs, promote independence, and provide a stable medical home.

ACT Kids Health Fair

  • Program Overview:
    • ACT is an organization committed to improving the health and education readiness of low-income children by providing comprehensive health screening and immunizations through this annual health fair. ACT serves at-risk children that lack the medical clearances necessary to attend elementary school. On average, the ACT health fair screens about 700 – 1000 children annually who are mostly school aged.  
    • As medical student volunteers, you will be working side by side with the pediatricians and pediatric residents at the event. You may also be asked to assist and guide families through the health fair, etc. Ultimately, whatever help you can provide will be greatly appreciated by the children and their families! 
  • Learning Objectives:
    • Gain early clinical exposure to the pediatric environment and to the unique challenges that accompany this patient population
    • Become introduced to the local disadvantaged community and the adversities they face with regard to healthcare
    • Appreciate the differences in approach to encounters with pediatric patients and contrast these with the general patient
    • Learn about specific tools and techniques used to assess pediatric patient
    • Develop the clinical skills necessary to provide a general checkup for kids



Path to Wellness (Arizona Living Well Institute and National Kidney Foundation of Arizona)
  • Program Overview: 
    • Path to Wellness is a free community health screening program provided by the National Kidney Foundation of Arizona in collaboration with the Cardio Renal Society of America and other local health organizations.  Screenings are held throughout the state of Arizona on a sponsored basis, and are open to the public.
    • Path to Wellness screenings provide free blood and urine testing, which is evaluated onsite is using point-of-care testing devices to assess for the risk of diabetes, heart and kidney diseases. Those screened are also presented with chronic disease management education, an overall health assessment (weight, blood pressure, etc.) and a one-on-one consultation with a physician. Enrollment opportunities are offered for a follow-up 6-week series of Healthy Living workshops that teach chronic disease self-management skills.

Program Leadership

CHIP Leader: 

Celina Virgen 
Contact email: celinav@email.arizona.edu