Advocacy and Professional Development


Students and faculty pose in front of the Capitol after lobbying to representatives on the Hill.

Urban Health Scholars have the unique opportunity to attend the National Association of Community Health Centers’ (NACHC) Policy and Issues Forum held in Washington DC. Each year the UST program takes a group of Urban Health Scholars to the NACHC March conference

The NACHC March conference is a large multi-day conference that has more than 2,100 clinicians, policy makers, board members, and educators in attendance.  As part of this conference, Urban Health Scholars are incorporated into teams pre-arranged by the Community Health Center Association of Connecticut to visit state Congressmen on Capitol Hill. This conference is a unique opportunity for Urban Health Scholars to learn about national healthcare topics related to caring for vulnerable populations, advocacy, and primary care. Urban Health Scholars have traditionally been the only group of students nationally who are invited to meet with the NACHC leadership during the conference.




Professional Development

Pharmacy and Dental Urban Health Scholar with U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Regina Benjamin, at the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research conference in Washington D.C.

Urban Health Scholars have the opportunity to share their research and community-based projects at annual meetings in many different venues. Some of these meetings have included the CT Public Health Association’s Annual Meeting, ASHP’s Midyear Clinical Meeting, and the National Academies of Practice’s Annual Forum.