Welcome to the Connecticut AHEC Collegite Health Service Corps Training!
Overview of the Corps • The Connecticut Area Health Education Center (AHEC) developed this three tier, eight module curriculumfor those who are interested in serving their communities.
Partners • National Health Service Corps • Connecticut Area Health Education Centers • University of Connecticut Professional Schools of Study • Connecticut Community College System
Our Mission • To prepare health professionals and other interested community members to volunteer in settings that serve marginalized populations; and to increase awareness of careers in health care delivery and public health.
Benefits to Students • Become a part of the community you live in • Fulfill a large need for volunteer service in the community • Acquire “real life” experiences • Satisfy school requirements for volunteer hours • Build your resume • Develop an interest in fast growing health care and public health careers
Benefits for Volunteer Sites • Increase capacity with energetic, well prepared volunteers. • Engage and involve local community groups in projects and fund raising. • Increase exposure and awareness of your organization.
Benefits to Universities • Students gain experience to one of the most in-demand areas of workforce. • Students gain experience with professional role models. • Students learn to serve poor and minority populations creating the potential for a lifetime of service.
Tier 1: Entry Level • Participants will take a knowledge based pre & post test and must get at least 95% correct to be considered as having “mastered” the core curriculum. • At least 25 hours of service learning is also required to complete this tier.
Tier 1: Core Curriculum • Understanding Marginalized Populations • Legal and Ethical Issues • Universal Precautions
Tier 2: Health Corps Volunteer • The minimum volunteer time commitment is 50 hours that is satisfactorily completed (cumulating a total of 75 hours of service learning) • A rating of 95% correct for each of the Tier 2 on-line courses.
Tier 2: Required Curriculum • Cultural Competencies & Health Literacy • Health Education and Disease Prevention • Data Collection • Emergency Preparedness • Peer Education and Leadership
Tier III • An overall accumulation of 75 hours of service learning results in Tier III recognition.
Graduates • Graduates of Tier III are qualified to teach and mentor the Youth and College Health Service Corps. Exposure to teaching and mentoring is thus a function of the program, as well as contributing to a sustainability plan by utilizing the student body to support the program.
CPR and AED Training by a certified instructor of the American Heart Association First Aid Training by a certified instructor of the American Red Cross Association Optional Curriculum First Aid and CPR Certification will be offered two times a year. Eligible participants must complete Tier I
Reflection • Quarterly social gatherings will take place for participants to process and reflect on their service learning experiences with Eastern AHEC and agency staff, and community members at-large.