Office of Educational Partnerships and Diversity

Community Health Professions Academy

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.

Student using dental probe under observation
CHPA Scholar participating in hands-on activities during “Dental Day”

Known in the past as Dental Academy, CHPA was initially developed in 2013. Each year, a cohort of 30 accepted scholars participate in the CHPA Program. The CHPA program starts in January each year and continued through May. During CHPA, the scholars participate in hands-on activities, panel and group discussions, and mentorship from current health professional students at University of Washington. Over the course of eight sessions, the program focused on health professions such as Public Health, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Neurotechnolgy and Traditional Medicine. The scholars, with aid from their health professional student mentors, also participate in a group culminating project which they present to family and friends for their final graduation session.

The Community Health Professions Academy 2023 early notification is currently open. Please sign up for early notification through the link the CHPA 2023 Early Notification Flyer. If you are interested in more information please contact the OEPD office at