Every summer since 2009, the University of Chicago Medicine has sponsored the Summer Service Partnership, originally designed to introduce medical students and high school students to community health issues on the South Side, and build the skills needed to join the future community health workforce. Over the years, University of Chicago undergraduates joined the neighborhood teams, then professional students from the divinity and social sciences administration programs, creating a tiered-mentoring inter-professional learning experience.
The three neighborhood teams–South Chicago, Greater Grand Crossing and Woodlawn–come together to learn about community health and engagement and practice asset based community development. They immerse themselves in the neighborhoods, identify and volunteer with service-organizations, then design and implement an independent health service project in response to community defined health needs.
For more on the daily experiences of SSP, please check out the student blogs below.