City College Collegiate Health Services Corps
The City College Collegiate Health Services Corps will prepare students interested in careers in all areas of health care as well as preparing them for their first professional job search or the application process for professional schools. This innovative training program is designed to expose students to health careers through service learning experiences that promote culturally competent health promotion and disease prevention education to medically under-served communities in the boroughs of Manhattan and Staten Island. The HSC program is managed by the Manhattan-Staten Island Area Health Education Center (MSIAHEC) exclusively for students at The City College of New York.
Service Learning Project
The backbone of the HSC is the service learning project. Each participant will perform 75 – 100 hours of service learning at a community based health program. The service learning will provide the basis for a paper that will recommend a program or policy to improve community health services.
The HSC network of service learning sites includes:
- Betances Health Center
- Boriken Neighborhood Health Center
- Drug Policy Alliance
- Gouverneur Healthcare Services
- Harlem Hospital
- Institute for Family Health
- Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center
- Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center
- Mount Sinai World Trade Center Health Clinic Center
- The Ryan Health Center Network
- St. Luke's Roosevelt Health Center at 147th Street
Medically Relevant Training
All participants receive First Aid and CPR training. Individual participants may receive further training as required by their respective service learning placements.
All participants will attend a series of reflection sessions throughout the year. These sessions will allow participants to discuss their experiences at their service learning sites. These reflections sessions will be led by program staff and peer mentors. The topics to be discussed will include:
- Challenges: Patient and supervisory;
- Being part of a health services team;
- Impact of experiences on career path choices;
- Progress of service learning paper;
Service Learning Paper
Through the experience at their service learning site, each student will complete a position paper. In this paper the student will identify a community health issue, investigate the causes and possible responses. The paper will recommend a program to address this issue. Students will present their papers at a mock professional conference to be held in April.