Focusing on health issues in our communities 

Health Professions Affinity Community (HPAC) introduces students to health related careers while empowering them to address their community's most pressing health disparities.

A Model For 21st Century Learning 

This year Ohio students are standing up in the bravest, most adult way we know, to help themselves, their families, their schools, and their communities.  Most importantly they are helping individuals they don’t even know to make the world a better place. They intuitively understand that in order to be our best selves, we must believe that everyone is doing the best job they possibly can, and they really do care.

Each year, close to a thousand students design programs that address the health of more than 10,000 Ohio residents. Not only are these students making a significant impact on the health of their communities, they are also gaining valuable pipeline for professional development in a field that desperately needs it to help maintain the health and wellness of Ohio citizens.

Thomas W. Harvey High School and Perry High School hosting a candlelight vigil in remembrance
 of those who have lost their lives to the heroin epidemic that is plaguing Northeast Ohio.

2018 Scholars Day at University Hospital


Developing 21st Century
Workplace Skills

We are cultivating the next generation of healthcare professionals for medically underserved communities by introducing students to secure health careers and supporting them every step of the way.

The aims of the
HPAC program are to: 

  • Build safe-sharing networks that address the SDoH in the community by preparing and supporting Community Champions to self identify the most pressing health concerns in their communities; 
  • Create alliances of community health partners through a combination of technology, HPAC projects and entrepreneurs to improve health from within communities with community members;
  • To increase the number of diverse students interested in pursuing a career in the health professions;
  • To develop and asses the four C's by practicing creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication;
  • To help students become knowledge workers and for us to remain competitive as a nation by practicing Wagner's 21st Century Skills.

All HPAC TEAMS will have access to over 20+ different digital media and creation tools PLUS free training and support to help make their IDEAS Projects as impactful and sustainable as possible, which will also help prepare them for unique digital citizenship pathways, as well.

HPAC Students Follow The IDEAS Model 

AmeriCorps members serve students ranging from middle school through early college years.

They manage and/or create HPAC programs with designated schools and community organizations, while following the IDEAS Model.



Identify a community health concern


Develop a program/project to bring awareness to the health concern


Enact the program with your community


Assess the effectiveness of your project


Share the results of your project at Scholars Day Conference with hundreds of HPAC student scholars

Check out some of our featured IDEAS Projects from last year

Check out HPAC in the news

Check out our Scholar Day's Photo Gallery from last year!

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