Community Health Initiative by University Students (CHIUS)

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

CHIUS is an inter-professional student-run organization operating out of the Downtown Community Health Clinic (DCHC) and Vancouver Native Health (VNH) Clinic, in collaboration with Vancouver Coastal Health. Both clinics are located within Vancouvers Downtown Eastside. Founded 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 involves student volunteers from any of the ten professional health programs at University of British Columbia delivering primary care to patients under the direct supervision of a physician, faculty member or registered nurse. In this environment, students learn from each other, the clinic staff, and the patients. CHIUS also offers a variety of other health programs, such as Beauty Night, Foot Care Clinic, Pharmacy Brown Bag Medication Reviews, Hypertension Screening, Dental Screening, and health literacy workshops for street youth. The clinic’s operation is based on five pillars: service, learning, inter-professionalism, reflection, and student leadership.

Funding Details
Year 1: Project YearYear 1
Year 1: Funding Year2010/2011
Year 1: Project TypeSmall TLEF
Year 1: Principal InvestigatorPeter Granger
Year 1: Funded Amount54,850
Year 1: Team Members

Peter Granger, Family Practice, Faculty of Medicine
Florina Feng, Student, Medicine / CHIUS Co-Chair
Chris Wu, Student, Medicine / CHIUS Co-Chair
Nancy Liu, Student, Pharmacy / CHIUS Funding Co-Chair
Rita Lung, Student, Medicine / CHIUS Funding Co-Chair
Serena Siow, Student, Medicine / DCHC Clinic Coordinator
Alex Suen, Student, Medicine / VNH Clinic Coordinator
Ali Bunney, Student, Medicine / CHIUS Public Relations
Michael Suen, Student, Medicine / CHIUS Supervisor
Alison Bergum, Student, Social Work / Student Rep
Helen Ko, Student, Physical Therapy / Student Rep
Marietta Tang, Student, Occupational Therapy / Student Rep
Shawna Sommerey, Student, Dietetics / Student Rep
Brittany-Ann Leong, Student, Nursing / Student Rep
Charles Au, Student, Pharmacy / Student Rep