Stakeholders

Student volunteers

CHAP Stakeholders include three notable groups:

1. The thousands of student leaders and volunteers who have participated in CHAP;

2. The program's partners, which consist of communities who have welcomed CHAP and identified needs which CHAP could meet and the community agencies who work with CHAP students to better meet the needs of the communities they serve;

3. The program staff who coordinate CHAP activities in collaboration with students, community agencies, and community members.


Student Leaders and Volunteers
All CHAP projects are student-run. Students do not receive academic credit for their participation. Student leaders coordinate projects for one year and must plan, administer, and evaluate their projects, collaborate with the partner community agency, raise funds for supplies, and recruit student volunteer teams and faculty. They are mentored in their leadership development and attend pertinent seminars particular to their project by program staff and community partners.

The CHAP Student Board consists of one student coordinator from each CHAP project. The Student Board oversees and develops strategies for implementing the activities that will emerge. The Student Board revises the CHAP mission statement, develops work plans and evaluations, and establishes time lines and budgets for all CHAP projects.

CHAP volunteers are health science students. However, they provide not only medical service; they also teach, mentor, tutor, fund raise, and assess service gaps and assets. In other words, they practice the values of volunteer service that they will carry forward into their lives and careers.


Partners: Communities and the Agencies that serve them

All CHAP projects address an unmet need in an underserved community. All projects are conducted in partnership with a community organization or agency already serving that particular community.

CHAP's ongoing growth and success are based in the care taken to have a community identify its needs and to collaboratively develop a project which volunteers can realistically implement, administer, and continuously staff.

Program Staff

Every year, out of approximately 660 enrolled medical students, more than half volunteered at least once in a CHAP service activity. Of these, approximately 25 students are CHAP leaders who organize and administer the CHAP programs with the assistance of Frederica Overstreet, MD, MPH (Faculty Advisor) and Rachel Lazzar, MSW (Program Coordinator).

Frederica Overstreet, MD, MPH, Faculty Advisor, works with the Program Coordinator and Manager to assist students in developing and managing programs. She presents seminars and training on pertinent topics and provides overall medical supervision. She oversees all curriculum development and evaluations.

Rachel Lazzar, MSW, Program Coordinator, provides direct management of program development, implementation and evaluation. She assists with curriculum development, assists students in recruitment, and works with students as they develop, design, and update operations manuals for each program. She participates in all planning and debriefing sessions, acts as liaison with all community partners and is the day-to-day problem solver.