Community Health Initiative by University Students (CHIUS)

TitleCommunity Health Initiative by University Students (CHIUS)
Duration1 Year
Project Summary

CHIUS is and an Vancouver inter-professional Native Health student-run (VNH), organization both located operating within out of Vancouver's the Downtown Downtown Community Eastside. Health Founded Clinic in 1998, the clinics were designed to provide health science students with opportunities for service learning while helping to meet the needs of this marginalized community by providing greater access to health care on the weekends. A typical shift at CHIUS would involve student volunteers from any of the ten professional health programs at the University of British Columbia. Volunteers deliver primary care to patients under the direct supervision of a physician, a faculty member or a registered nurse. In this environment, students learn from each other, the professionals on staff and from the patients themselves. Also, we have a variety of programs that help a specific group, e.g. beauty nights, foot care events, a pharmacy brown bag event, hypertension screening, dental screening, health literacy education workshops for street youth, and a series of workshops on reproductive health for at risk women. The clinic operates on five egalitarian principles: service, learning, interprofessionalism, reflection and student leadership.

Funding Details
Year 1: Project YearYear 1
Year 1: Funding Year2009/2010
Year 1: Project TypeSmall TLEF
Year 1: Principal InvestigatorPeter Granger
Year 1: Funded Amount84,720
Year 1: Team Members

Peter Granger, Family Practice, Faculty of Medicine
Florina Feng, Student, Medicine / CHIUS Co-Chair
Sean Nixon, School of Population and Public Health / CHIUS Co-Chair
William Lau, Student, Pharmacy / CHIUS Funding Co-Chair
Daniel Yokom, Student, Medicine / DCHC Clinic Coordinator
Andrea Thamboo, Student, Medicine / VNH Clinic Coordinator
Alison Bergum, Student, Social Work / Student Rep
Hellen Ko, Student, Physical Therapy / Student Rep
Marietta Tang, Student, Occupational Therapy / Student Rep
Brittany-Ann Leong, Student, Nursing / Student Rep
Brent Moore, Student, Dentistry / Student Rep