Baldwin Wallace University received funding from AmeriCorps to support 40 full-time members to create an urban and rural volunteer health corps devoted to advancing the health and success of Ohio communities. This corps utilizes a Health Professions Affinity Community (HPAC) service learning curriculum that helps youth identify pressing health concerns in their community through self-directed learning, seek and obtain resources from within their community, and combine resources and learning to formulate health improvement programs while advancing themselves toward health care careers. The HPAC service-learning model ultimately empowers youth to become engaged in the health care of their community by partnering with the community. The model also casts youth in a role positioned spanning school and work as community health entrepreneurs and prepares them for the academic and career skills leading to 21st century health careers. The project will specifically focus on the area of middle to high school academic engagement and career development with the aim of enhancing academic achievement, school attendance, and increasing the fraction of high school graduates and college-going students pursuing training in health care fields

 

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