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Community Health Associates

Community Health Associates (CHA) is a long-term, non-academic credit bearing service opportunity for students interested in social justice and health.

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Students focus on topics including immigrant, women’s, indigent, and geriatric health, just to name a few opportunities. In order to become a Community Health Associate, students go through an application and matching process, service-learning pre-training, and are expected to serve a minimum of 4 hours per week with a commitment to serve throughout the academic year. Students participate in ongoing meetings where they process their experiences, learn new skills, and hear from professionals in various health and public health related fields.

Program Requirements

  • Application & matching process (Due Friday, January 12, 2018)
    • It is reccommened that students include their LinkedIn profile as part of their application
  • Interview(s) with Community Partners (January 16-25)
  • Pre-service orientation: Wednesday, January 31st, 6:30PM-8:30PM
  • Commitment to serve at a community partner site in San Diego*
    • 4-10 hours per week (10 hours may be required if seeking acadmiec credit)
    • Minimum 60 hours of service within the program year (February to June; Weeks 4-10 Winter Quarter, Weeks 1-10 Spring Quarter)
  • Participate in 2-3 reflection sessions per quarter (Wednesday, 6:00PM-8:00PM -- limited accomodations made for course conflict)
  • Enroll full-time at UC San Diego with a minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Attend all mandatory meetings listed below

CHA Deadlines & Meetings (2018)

Bold indicates required attedance.

Winter Quarter

Week 1 1/12 Applications due
Week 2-3 1/15-25 Community Partner Interviews
Week 3 1/26 Final notification of placement
Week 4 Wed. 1/31 Orientaiton
Week 5 Wed. 2/7 Reflection Session: What is Community Health?
Week 8-9 3/5-16 Individual Check-Ins
Program Break 3/19-30 Volunteer hours during finals and break are up to you!


Spring Quarter

Week 2 Wed. 4/11 Reflection Session: Site Visit
Week 5 Wed. 5/3 Reflection Session: Making Meaning
Week 7-8 5/30-6/2 Individual Check-ins
Week 9 Wed. 5/30 End-of-year Community Partner Reception
Program Ends 6/8 Volunteer hours after classes end in June are up to you!


*CHA exists to help build capacity at community partner organizations, i.e. we expand their resources to help meet community needs. If you cannot commit to at least 4 hours per week for the remainder of the academic year, please do not apply.

Program Benefits

  • Develop numerous transferable skills that will better prepare you for medical school, a career in public health, or non-profit work
  • Apply coursework from majors like global health and public health to a real world situation
  • Potentially receive academic credit (participants may use this experience for praticum hours if paired with an academic advisor approved course, such as AIP 197. Please note, AIP 197 requires minumum of 10 hours of service per week)
  • Gain professional experience 
  • Develop networking skills
  • Earn strong letters of reccomendation if you succesfully complete the program

CCR Approved

Your Co-Curricular Record (CCR) will be updated upon completion of the program. You can use your CCR to help demonstrate to employers, graduate/professional programs, and for awards the competencies and skills you gained through your experience. 


Community Health Associates Interest Form

The Community Health Associates program is sponsored by the Community Service area of the UCSD Center for Student Involvement. CHA places undergraduates from UC San Diego in year-long volunteer positions at local non-profits where they will do work around community health issues.

CHA is a non-clinical, non-academic opportunity with a focus on service to the San Diego community. If you are interested in receiving more information and notification when applications are posted, please complete the below form.