Community Health Advocacy Program

Welcome to CHAP!

The Community Health Advocacy Program (CHAP) works cooperatively with various Providence populations to promote the physical, mental, and emotional health of individuals and the community as a whole. Composed of community participants and student volunteers, our teams identify relevant health issues and then create programs, drawing from both communities’ resources, to address these issues. CHAP provides the opportunity for communities and future health care professionals to meet the health care needs of areas that are often underserved due to a variety of social, economic, and cultural barriers.

Our volunteers offer creativity, passion, and dedication while creating fun, interactive health lessons for Providence youth to instill healthy habits at a young age and holding public lecture events to inform the Brown and Providence communities of the latest public health topics.

We currently mobilize over 60 Brown students into nine sites in the Providence community, and we are always looking to expand.

What does being a CHAP volunteer involve?

  • In addition to attending general body meetings, volunteers meet weekly to plan lessons for their site
  • Minimum one-year commitment to a volunteer site
  • 3-5 hours per week of teaching and creating health lessons
  • 3-5 hours per semester of helping with lecture events
  • Free catered social events
  • The opportunity to become a role model, improve the lives of others, and have an extraordinary experience

If you're interested in learning more about the program, click on one of the links below:

Younger Age Group (3-6 years old)
Middle Age Group (3-10 years old)
High School Age Group

Sponsored by the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Dr. Julianne Ip, Associate Dean of Medicine.