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STEM Career Development Institute

Collegiate Health Services Corps

The CDI's Collegiate Health Services Corps (CHSC) 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 CHSC 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 CHSC 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 CHSC participants receive First Aid and CPR training.  Individual participants may receive further training as required by their respective service learning placements.

Reflection Periods

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.