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.

To learn more about the different active CHIP programs and how to get involved, please visit the CHIP Hub (link below).


CHIP Leader

Jessmin Fernandez

chip@uacomps.org


CHIP Leader

Christian Sulit

chip@uacomps.org

Director of Service Learning: Dr. Leah Hillier, lhillier@arizona.edu

Dr Leah Hillier, MD CCFP (SEM) practices Family Medicine as well as Sports Medicine at Banner University Medical Center in downtown Phoenix, Arizona. Dr Hillier is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix. She is Canadian and completed her medical school training at McMaster University, her medical residency at Women’s College Hospital at the University of Toronto, and her Sport & Exercise Medicine training at the University of Toronto. After completing her medical residency, she completed an Innovation Fellowship at the Women’s College Hospital Institute for Health Systems and Virtual Care and has worked in health innovation translation, and adoption. Prior to attending medical school, Dr Hillier studied Political Science at Huron University College at Western University and completed a degree in Business Administration at the Richard Ivey School of Business. She worked previously in management consulting and loves solving problems in complex systems. Dr Hillier is fiercely passionate about health equity, health systems, policy and prevention. She is delighted to serve as the Director of Service Learning at the UofA Phoenix.

Academic Assistant Director of Service Learning: Dr. Kareem Raad, kareemraad@gmail.com

"I was born in California and raised in both California and Lebanon. I attended Santa Clara University where I studied biology and philosophy and later did an MPH at UC Berkeley. I moved back to Lebanon for medical school and Phoenix for my residency at Abrazo Health Network Family Medicine Residency. I spent time living and working in Guatemala and Chiapas and learned Spanish there. Eventually I would like to move back to a developing country to provide primary care, in the meantime I enjoy volunteering alongside you in support of our community."

Program Manager, Clinical and Competency Based Education: Evelia McClarty, emcclarty@arizona.edu