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Urban Service Track
Urban Service Track
Urban Service Track is designed to produce a cadre of well qualified
health care professionals committed to serving Connecticut’s urban
underserved populations. As Urban Health Scholars, participants
represent a select group of students enrolled in the University of
Connecticut Schools of Pharmacy, Nursing, Medicine, and Dental Medicine.
A total of 36 to 40 Urban Health Scholars, nine to ten students per
school, are selected each year from among qualified applicants who have
a demonstrated commitment to service. Urban Health Scholars gain
valuable exposure to the complex and challenging issues of health care
in the inner city. A strong mentorship component supports Urban Health
Scholars as they navigate their own personal and professional
Students develop competencies in the following areas: culture and
linguistics, population health, health policy, advocacy, health care
financing and management, leadership, community resources,
interprofessional health care teams, and quality improvement.
addition to completing the basic science and clinical curricula of their
respective schools, Urban Health Scholars are exposed to a set of
interprofessional experiences designed to heighten awareness of the
intriguing challenges and unique opportunities in urban communities.
Clinical training occurs in federally qualified health centers and other
primary care facilities in Connecticut’s urban underserved communities.
Elective clinical experiences focus on underserved settings such as
homeless shelters and migrant farm worker clinics.
The Urban Service Track officially enrolled its first group of students
in the fall of 2007. Urban Health Scholars, who are eligible for
financial assistance, may apply for scholarship and stipend support.
Financial support is based on resource availability through the
Financial Aid Office on each campus.
Urban Health Scholars at the 2011 National Primary Care Week
banquet, Farmington, CT.
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The Urban Service Track (UST) is an enrichment program for health
professions students enrolled in UConn’s School of Medicine, Dental
Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Social Work and Quinnipiac University’s
Physician Assistant Program. More than 175 students are currently
enrolled. The focus of UST is enhancing health profession student
knowledge about interprofessional collaborative care, medical management
of vulnerable and underserved patient populations, and public service.
For more information, contact Petra Clark-Dufner at
Connecticut Area Health Education Center