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. In 2018, a group of twenty-seven high school students formed the first Community Health Professions Academy cohort. Scholars were provided the opportunity to interact with local dentists, physicians, nurses and public health professionals who shared the stories of their journeys to their professions. Over the course of seven sessions ‘Medicine Day’, ‘Nurse Day’, and ‘Traditional Medicine Day’ alongside facilitating hands-on activities that broadened their perspective of the  health professional field. The scholars, with aid from health professional student mentors, also presented a project centered around a family who lives in King County with particular health needs, in front of family and friends for their final session. The topic of their presentations ranged from education to economics in how the family coped with limited access to healthcare.

Community Health Professions Academy is held over eight Saturdays sessions through the months of January to May. The Community Health Professions Academy 2020 application is now closed. If you are interested in applying to Community Health Professions Academy 2021, click here to sign-up for early notification. For more information or questions, please contact the OEPD office at


December 2019