Online Program

Chicago Area Youth Health Service Corps: Promoting Health through Partnerships

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 : 8:30 a.m. - 8:50 a.m.

Maria Ferrera, PhD, LCSW, MSW Department, DePaul University, Chicago, IL
John Nixon, BS in Neuroscience, Rush Medical Center, Chicago
Walter Coleman, MA, Centro Sin Fronteras, Chicago, IL
The Affordable Care Act leaves 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. uninsured, in addition to new immigrants who have not had U.S. residency for at least five years. One of the eight states that houses the bulk of these immigrants is Illinois.  According to the U.S. Census Bureau's 2008 Current Population Survey, there are more than 272,000 uninsured, undocumented Latino immigrants in Illinois. Only emergency medical services are guaranteed to these patients.  The community-based, non-profit agency, Centro Sin Fronteras (CSF), in partnership with medical students at Rush Medical Center, have developed the Youth Health Service Corps (YHSC) campaign to respond to the health care dilemma of uninsured, new immigrants within Chicago.  Based in three high schools, YHSC builds on youth capacity to develop community outreach,  promote health and increase health literacy, as well as enhance individual and community -level empowerment.  Utilizing a mixed methods and a community based participatory research (CBPR) approach that surveys and interviews high school students enrolled in YHSC; community-academic partners have started to document and disseminate the impact of the YHSC program with regard to its outreach within immigrant communities, as well as its impact on YHSC participant youth.  Presenters from CSF and Rush Medical Center will discuss the inception of YHSC, the core elements of the campaign, and the benefits of developing partnerships with the community, including the schools where the curriculum has been infused and other local area medical centers.

Learning Areas:

Advocacy for health and health education
Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Program planning
Provision of health care to the public

Learning Objectives:
Discuss the impetus of initiating YHSC, the core elements of their campaign, and the experienced benefits of developing partnerships within the community, including the schools where the curriculum has been infused and other local area medical centers.

Keyword(s): Community Health Programs, Immigrant Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I received my PhD at the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration and have been the principle investigator of the Youth Health Service Corps Impact Study, funded by multiple entities within DePaul University which focuses on examining the impact YHSC program within the immigrant community and among youth participants. I have developed knowledge in the areas of ethnic identity and minority development, community practice, and health disparities.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.