UW School of Dentistry

Community Health Professions Academy

CHPA scholar and dental student drill model teeth.Community Health Professions Academy (CHPA) is a program aimed at students between the ages of 13 and 18, in which dental students, faculty, and pre-health undergraduate students, and AmeriCorps members volunteer their time to provide career guidance and enrichment for underrepresented high school students in Washington State.

Known in the past as Dental Academy, CHPA was initially developed in 2013. The 2017 Dental Academy cohort, a group of seventeen high school students who completed the program in the spring, were provided the opportunity to interact with local dentists and physicians, who shared the stories of their journeys to their professions. Over the course of seven sessions, the program focused on topics such as ‘Leadership in Healthcare’, ‘Cardiac and Oral Health’, ‘Interprofessional care’, and ‘Traditional Medicine’ alongside facilitating hands-on activities that broadened their perspective of the medical and dental field. The scholars, with aid from their dental student mentors, also presented a culminating digital storytelling project in front of family and friends for their final session. Topics chosen ranged from personal stories to relevant health education issues in their communities.

Community Health Professions Academy is held over seven Saturdays sessions through the months of January to May. The Community Health Professions Academy 2018 application is currently open, more information is available here in the Community Health Profession Academy 2018 Flyer (PDF). If you are interested in more information or in applying for this program please contact the OEPD office at uwoepd@uw.edu.


April 2018

  • Early notification for our next CHPA cohort is now open here

January 2018

  • Community Health Professions Academy 2018 is underway!
  • Take a look at last years Community Health Professions Academy (then known as Dental Academy) participants: Dental Academy 2017 Book (PDF)