ACHIEVE - Advancing Community Health and Individual leadership through a noVel Educational program

Anna Volerman Beaser, MD
Medicine - General Internal Medicine


ACHIEVE is a multi-component program brings together high school and undergraduate students in civic engagement and leadership around topics at the cross-section of education and health. A total of 20-30 high school and undergraduate students will come together to participate in an 8-10 week program focused on leadership training, including examining issues at the intersection of education and health as well as developing leadership and career readiness skills. In addition, they will participate in a community-focused challenge to address a community issue that relates education and health. Finally, students who complete the program will have an opportunity to lead health education programs at elementary schools. The proposed program uniquely engages students across various educational levels and brings them together for classroom-based and hands-on experiential learning to understand and grapple with current issues in education and health. The program also supports exposure to healthcare fields and mentorship from healthcare students and professionals. While existing campus programs address community needs, this program helps further disseminate the resources and build capacity for future years in terms of both nutrition education at the school/community-level and leadership skills development at the individual-level.

Specific Aims

The program's goals are:

-To educate high school and undergraduate students about topics at the intersection of education and health, including community health and health disparities

-To cultivate leadership and non-cognitive skill development among high school and undergraduate students to prepare them for the workforce

-To increase elementary school students' knowledge and skills about nutrition

-To engage students in civic engagement within their communities through hands-on experiences


Program development and evaluation will include both quantitative and qualitative methods. Program effectiveness will be measured based on student applicants and participants, individuals reached, knowledge gained, and skills demonstrated. Surveys, interviews, and observations will be utilized to assess impact on leadership skills and community health.

Required Software

Quantitative and qualitative software will be available as needed.

Conferences Available for Participation

Students will have opportunities to present at Pediatric Academic Societies, American Academy of Pediatrics, and Community-Campus Partnerships for Health.

Scholarship & Discovery Tracks: Community Health, Medical Education