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CHIP Executive Council

CHIP Executive Council

Tell us about your group!

Executive Council members keep their fellow classmates informed about CHIP-related events, plan academic and social interprofessional activities and work on issues of common interest.  Our mission is to engage students and faculty across disciplines and professions by: 1) developing relationships 2) providing resources for interprofessional student groups, and 3) supplementing program learning (through a diverse lens) within the health professional programs.

Why did you join this organization?

I wanted to be a representative of the CHIP Executive Council because of the opportunity to get to work with peers who were in different professional schools than myself. Having interprofessionalism as a part of my future career is something I am very passionate about & being a part of CHIP has enabled me to get a head start on that!

What’s your favorite event or activity in this group?

My favorite activity that the CHIP Executive Council puts on is the Open House. This event enables us to showcase CHIP along with the resources that it can provide to students and inform people about the student groups housed within CHIP such as the CHIP Executive Council, CLARION, and NELA just to name a few.

How do students get involved in your group?

Students are elected by their school at the beginning of each school year. We represent all health professional programs schools.

What’s one interesting thing that most people don’t know about your group?

One interesting thing about our group is that we host both social and service events for any health professional student to take part in.

Responses from Michaela Wermers, PharmD Candidate

CLARION

CLARION logo

Tell us about your group!

CLARION (CLinician/Administrator Relationship Improvement OrganizatioN) empowers healthcare professional students to work together to build a better healthcare system. We strive to improve patient safety and the quality of care through the promotion and development of interprofessional leadership, teamwork, and communication.  

Why did you join CLARION?

I began participating in CLARION events to feel more confident in my understanding of my role in a healthcare team as a nurse as well as a better understanding of the other professions’ roles as well. 

What’s your favorite event or activity in this group?

My favorite CLARION event Local Case Competition because there is a lot of energy and gratification on the presentation day. Everyone is nervous and excited to present what their group has put so much time into, which builds camaraderie. There is also a free dinner after the competition. :) 

How do students get involved in your group?

Students can get involved by attending events such as the Interprofessional Dinner or competing in the Local Case Competition! Visit our website to learn more! 

Responses from Amy Holec, BSN Candidate

Health Students for a Healthy Climate (HSHC)

Health Students for a Healthy Climate meeting

Tell us about your group!

Health Students for a Healthy Climate is an interdisciplinary organization focused on empowering health professional students to become effective environmental health advocates. Primarily, we provide opportunities for students with diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise to discuss and learn about the relationship between the environment and human/animal health as well as the impact health systems have on the environment. We support environmental advocacy initiatives as they arise, advocate for curriculum changes within our respective programs, and host events to raise awareness among the broader academic community.

Why did you join?

Going into my first year of med school, I was excited to explore the ways in which the University of Minnesota Medical School was rising to the immense threat of climate change and environmental destruction. To my surprise, there was no medical school group centered on environmentalism, no meaningful environmental health curriculum, and no plans to prepare the doctors of the future to become environmental advocates. After some searching, I came across HSHC and, being the only organization focused on environmental health, I was eager to get involved.

What is your favorite event or activity in this group?

My favorite activity is our monthly “Climate Convos”, where one member of HSHC delves into a specific topic on environmental health and leads a casual discussion at a local brewery or coffee shop. The convos are always educational and really emphasize to me the importance of interdisciplinary work. For example, the veterinary students have a whole different perspective and knowledge set than I do on certain issues, and their topics are usually stuff I never would have otherwise given much thought to. Also, it’s a great excuse to have a pint on a Tuesday night!

How do students get involved?

Anyone can attend a climate convo whenever they want. You can keep updated on time/location of these by either signing up for our listserv via GopherLink or liking our Facebook page. If you would like to get involved in HSHC leadership or lead a climate conversation, feel free to email me anytime at [email protected].

What’s one interesting thing that most people don’t know about your group?

Sometimes, members bring their dogs to meetings. Join us for beer and puppies :)

Responses by Jack Inglis

Interprofessional Development Student Organization (IDSO)

Interprofessional Duluth Student Organization logo

Tell us about your group!

Our mission is to create more opportunities for students to learn about the experiences of other professional students while giving them the chance to advocate for their future career. Our goal is for students to create their own network with other professionals while learning the importance of collaboration with people outside of their programs. This will promote the qualities that make for excellent professionals while facilitating opportunities to appreciate others’ careers.

What motivated you to get involved?

I joined as part of the leadership emphasis at the College of Pharmacy, as part of a leading change experience with another member of IDSO. I have always been interested in interprofessional experiences, and believe getting to know where you will fit on a future healthcare team is an important part of becoming a successful future healthcare provider.

What’s your favorite event or activity in this group?

One of our favorite events is Multicultural Interprofessional Networking Event (MINE). This is a social event where we celebrate diversity while also having a great networking opportunity to meet with other health professional students from the Duluth area.

How do students get involved in your group?

Healthcare professional students are welcome to participate in every social and educational event that IDSO provides throughout the academic year. Moreover, students can get involved by becoming part of the core members.  We are trying to keep the core group somewhat small, at the moment, with ideally 1 to 2 students from each class of each discipline. Recently, members have joined our group through exploratory emails, word-of-mouth, and potentially additional leading change experience students. To learn more about IDSO, connect with us on Facebook via “Interprofessional Duluth Student Organization” or email us at [email protected].

What’s one interesting thing that most people don’t know about your group?

This group was started in the winter/spring of 2018 by a student in the leading change experience in the College of Pharmacy, Tammy Ho,  because she saw a need for interprofessional experiences in the Duluth area.

Responses by Thu Ha Nguyen

Interprofessional Student-Parent Community (ISPC) Advisory Board

2019-2020 ISPC Advisory Board

Tell us about your group

Broadly speaking, the ISPC Advisory Board serves as a resource for parents; it helps build community among University of Minnesota student-parents and also connects them to strategies, services, and programs that help with the juggling of their multiple roles as both students and parents.

Why did you join/what motivated you to get involved?

Our members joined because they wanted to know more about resources available to them on campus and in the community, because they want to know more student-parents in other disciplines, and because there aren’t a lot of non-traditional students in their programs. ISPC has been a great way for our members to connect with other students that have families and to share their common interests.

What was your favorite event or activity in this group this year?

Our favorite event this year was our family bowling night in Goldy’s Gameroom. It was nice to meet everyone’s families and to see everyone in a more social, rather than educational, setting.

What is one thing you’re proud of or that your group accomplished in the 2019-2020 academic year?

We successfully turned the ISPC Advisory Board into an official Campus Life Program that’s recognized by the University and that can receive grant funding!

What’s one interesting thing that most people don’t know about your group?

There are a lot of parents in the health professions!

How do students get involved in your group?

Students can get involved in our group by reaching out to current members, coming to any or all of our events, attending monthly meetings, or by signing up to get added to our email list.

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement Open School (IHI)

Introduce yourselves!

IHI Open School logo

Hello! You can call me Lauren, and I use she/her pronouns. I am a second-year medical student, gearing up for my first board examination at the end of May and eagerly looking forward to starting clinical rotations this summer. As a first-year, I sought out opportunities to augment my classroom-based early medical education with interprofessional and experiential learning opportunities. So, I joined the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Open School Chapter at the University of Minnesota (IHI UMN) as a quality improvement student team member. I was then honored to be selected as Co-Director of IHI UMN for the 2021-2022 academic year which is my current role.

I’m Rachel, and I use she/her pronouns! I am a first-year Master of Healthcare Administration candidate in the School of Public Health. Throughout my first year, I have gotten involved in many interprofessional organizations to learn how to be a better leader in healthcare. As a first-year student, I joined the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Open School Chapter at the University of Minnesota (IHI UMN) as a student team member serving CUHCC, then was selected to become an interim Co-Director of IHI UMN for the remainder of the 2021-2021 academic year.

Tell us about your group!

IHI UMN aims to equip and engage interprofessional student teams in quality improvement projects within our local health landscape through mutually beneficial relationships with community partners. In doing so, we strive to better the health of our community and prepare future professionals to lead in the delivery of the highest quality healthcare.

What motivated you to get involved?

Lauren: I am a big-picture thinker (which sometimes seems counterintuitive to my affinity to science in my education). When I dream of my future career, it always involves teamwork and creativity, and focuses on high-level issues and impact on my community. Entering medical school, I knew I was motivated by hands-on learning opportunities that addressed the future and innovation of healthcare and wanted to incorporate that into my early education. Participating in a quality improvement project through IHI UMN ended up being the perfect opportunity to achieve that goal.
Rachel: I am a strong believer in working alongside others from various professions and backgrounds to serve patients and improve healthcare as a whole. Therefore, after entering the School of Public Health,  I knew I wanted to work on an interprofessional team to serve local communities through quality improvement projects. By participating in IHI UMN, I engaged in interprofessional collaboration, made new connections, and solved real-world healthcare problems in the local community. 

What’s your favorite event or activity in this group?

Lauren: I stepped into my Co-Director position at an opportune time for IHI UMN to really take off in its growth trajectory. One of my favorite parts of my role has been hearing the enthusiasm of other students in a variety of disciplines for improvement and innovation in healthcare and, later, having the opportunity to create leadership positions for them within the student organization to help give life to their ideas. As these ideas take form next year and in future years, I am looking forward to seeing how IHI UMN grows and how the organization will continue to make an even greater impact on the health of our community and the education of health professional students.
Rachel: My favorite moments in this group have been working alongside other members passionate about making a difference in the local community. Specifically, my favorite moment was to partner with local healthcare organizations to improve the patient experience within their respective healthcare organizations. I've also loved learning from my team members' various perspectives and backgrounds throughout my tenure.

How do students get involved in your group?

Send an email to [email protected], and our leadership team will get in contact with you. We would love to have you join our team!

What’s one interesting thing that most people don’t know about your group?

Lauren: Two things: 1) I think some people don’t quite understand the breadth of quality improvement in healthcare. Through our community partners, students have the opportunity to participate in more classic quality improvement initiatives through M Health Fairview (which are excellent experiences). But we also have partnerships and projects that are beyond the clinic walls, such as our work with the Envision Community which aims to create housing solutions for people experiencing homelessness or unstable housing. 2) If you are a student in the early years of a health professional program, you might have limited opportunities to make an impact on individual patients. However, you already have the ability to make a real, measurable improvement on whole populations through health improvement work. If that idea excites you, we would love to have you join our team.
Rachel: Many people don’t know this, but IHI UMN is an incredible opportunity to network with both students from other healthcare professions and leaders from local Twin Cities organizations. I’ve been able to further my interpersonal skills by collaborating with students from various unique backgrounds, while also making life-long connections in the process.

Responses by Lauren Penz and Rachel Rahman

Nutrition Experiential Learning & Advocacy (NELA)

NELA: Nutrition Experiential Learning & Advocacy

Tell us about your group!

NELA is an interprofessional nutrition advocacy group that strives to be inclusive and provide education to future healthcare professionals. Our main goal is to empower students from all programs to build confidence in nutrition applications in their future careers.

Why did you join/what motivated you to get involved?

NELA was such an inviting and interesting organization that aligned with my professional goals and offered the opportunity to collaborate with other healthcare students. I have always been interested in the importance of food as medicine alongside conventional medicine, and NELA was a great way to learn more about nutrition and how it applies to all professions.

What’s your favorite event or activity in this group?

My favorite event is NELA week in March, which is an entire week of lunch lectures, games, and education. It's a full week of fun and learning about how food can heal while getting to know other students!

How do students get involved in your group?

Students can join NELA for lunch lectures, community outreach activities, trivia, dinner programs, and advocacy events within the University. They can also join our email list and receive monthly NELA newsletters, information regarding upcoming events, and much more.

What’s one interesting thing that most people don’t know about your group?

NELA educates both undergraduate and graduate students to not only apply nutrition to their careers, but also their own lives! NELA provides tips and tricks for maintaining a healthy and balanced life for students.

Written by Anna Folska, PharmD Candidate

Public-Health Advocacy Student Alliance (PHASA)

Public-Health Advocacy Student Alliance (PhASA) logo

Tell us about your group!

PHASA is an interprofessional organization that was founded by students who wanted to change Minnesota law to improve public health. After two years and with the help of PHASA members, they succeeded in creating the state's first medication repository, which allows unused medications to be given to patients in need. Today, PHASA continues to bring health professional students together to improve public health through advocacy. This may include advocating for vaccines at the state capitol, learning how to work together to combat antibiotic resistance, or gaining a better understanding of the healthcare system to better serve patients. We believe in using each other's strengths to make positive change!

Why did you join/what motivated you to get involved with PHASA?

I am currently a third year pharmacy student and president of PHASA. I joined the group during my first year of school because medication waste and environmental pollution are happening every day, even as I saw patients juggling their expenses so they could afford monthly medications. Trying to change MN law was also a unique experience and was very new to me. I've since learned a lot about the impact that students can have and the various ways to support change. It's also been very rewarding to meet fellow health students and learn more about their roles and how we can help one another. 

What’s your favorite event or activity in this group?

My favorite pre-pandemic activity was actually going to the capitol and either visiting with our legislators, who are always happy to see students and chat with us. This year, however, we've been lucky to have several topic experts join us over Zoom to share their experiences; I love when we get ideas from a member and we can make those events happen on a topic they're passionate about. 

How do students get involved in your group?

We welcome all health professional students - we have a liaison for each school or program who is responsible for promoting our events and bringing ideas to the e-board. This is a great way for first-year students to get involved. We also do a lot of event planning around the topics we want to learn more about or plan advocacy activities. Members can simply attend the events and get to know other students, just fill out our sign up form. This may change in the fall, so keep an eye out!

What’s one interesting thing that most people don’t know about your group?

We were originally founded by pharmacy students, but in 2020 we saw our interprofessional diversity increase dramatically. I think students are looking for more ways to contribute to the changes being made at the University and across the state, which is encouraging to see. We're actively looking for more ways to be part of that change. 

Responses by Eva Carlson

Veterinary Treatment Outreach for Urban Community Health (VETOUCH)

Veterinary Treatment Outreach for Urban Community Health

Tell us about your group!

VeTouch is a non-profit veterinary student club that provides basic veterinary care and nutritional support to low or no-income Twin Cities families. The volunteers are veterinary students who also have the opportunity to gain valuable clinical experience while promoting the human-animal bond and establishing a client-veterinary relationship. These students work under the guidance of licensed veterinarians and certified veterinary technicians.

Why did you join?

The mission of VeTouch directly aligns with my career goals of making veterinary care accessible and affordable to marginalized populations in society. I hope to utilize my managerial experience from VeTouch to one day lead my own non-profit that is built on nearly identical pillars.

What’s your favorite event or activity in this group?

VeTouch hosts monthly veterinary clinics on the first Sunday of each month at a church in downtown Minneapolis. While these clinics can be chaotic from a leadership standpoint, I absolutely love getting to meet the diverse group of clients who utilize our service and, of course, petting all of their fluffy family members. Through my leadership position, I will also be attending the Society of Student Run Free Clinics annual conference in Kansas City on March 2-4, 2019. I am incredibly excited to network with other student-run free clinics across the country and talk about best-practices in the field.  

How do students get involved in your group?

While we are primarily made up of veterinary students, we also accept pre-veterinary students as volunteers. Just check out our website at vetouch.umn.edu if you are interested in volunteering! We are also completely open to other healthcare professionals who think their presence would make a positive impact on our clientele. We are in the second year of utilizing veterinary social work interns and are very excited about the growth of this partnership.

What’s one interesting thing that most people don’t know about your group?

Our monthly clinics are completely student-run. From recruiting and organizing volunteers to garnering thousands of dollars of donated vaccines, food, and medications, the student team of ~16 officers does it all. VeTouch also shares resources and volunteers with another student organization, Student Initiative for Reservation Veterinary Services (SIRVS). SIRVS’ mission is to train future veterinarians by serving communities in need, specifically in underserved Reservation communities in Minnesota. Both groups provide invaluable services to community members while also providing an opportunity for students to gain hands-on experience in the field.

Responses by Caitlyn Rize, DVM Candidate