College Health Corps Blog

VISTA Leaves Lasting Changes in Southwestern MN Higher Ed Community

VISTA at Southwestern MN College creates big changes after 2 years of service.

Meet Our VISTA Members

Name: Alejandra Maldonado Pronouns: She/her Hometown: Chicago, IL Education: B.A. in Spanish and minor in Philosophy from Central College Host Site: Central College, Pella, IA An experience in my life that has shaped my decision to spend a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA: Coming from a poor community made me want to do something to help out and better communities like mine.  Three words that best describe me: shy, pensive, friendly One thing I can’t live without: Music Something I like to do for fun: Play Catan, draw, read, and travel   Name: Alexandra Hyatt Pronouns: She/her Hometown: Longview, Tx Education: Bachelor of Arts in International Studies/French   Host Site: Community Action Center, Northfield, MN An experience in my life that has shaped my decision to spend a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA: I was raised by my grandparents, who have dedicated their lives to service. As they approach their eighties, they’re still serving others every day. I want to…

Health Student Engagement: Forming a Community Clinic-University-VISTA Partnership

Susana Carlos is serving with the 2018-2019 College Health Corps cohort at the University of Minnesota (UMN)-Center for Health Interprofessional Programs (CHIP), to develop the relationship between a unit focused on health interprofessional collaboration and a university-community clinic. In this blog post, she explains the formation of this partnership and where things are headed next. 

Meeting Non-academic Needs Through Partnerships

Amy Soeun is a College Health Corps VISTA at Normandale Community College. She has worked strategically to develop strong partnerships to connect students to non-academic needs, and prepare for a student resource center.

Homelessness in Minnesota

Did you know that on any given night, about 15,000 people experience homelessness in Minnesota? Read on to learn more and how the College Health Corps VISTAs are serving to alleviate the crisis.

Substance Use Research Beyond Classroom Walls

“Behind every naloxone kit dispensed is a human life potentially saved, a second chance, and countless friends and family members who get to help their loved one another day. Some believe that those struggling with a substance use disorder aren’t worth helping, but they’d think differently if they met any of our focus group participants.”

Anoka Ramsey Community College: The Start of the Campus Cupboard

Megan Schlecht served with the 2017-18 College Health Corps Cohort at Anoka Ramsey Community College. She worked to help address needs of low-resourced students, and was successful in kicking off a campus pantry. Keep reading to learn more about her experience and advice for others!

The 2017 Minnesota Statewide Health Assessment and the College Health Corps VISTAs

A look at the 2017 Minnesota Statewide Health Assessment and how the College Health Corps VISTAs are working to combat the persistent challenges pointed out within the assessment.

Housing Fair Success

Katelyn Reid serves at MCTC in their Student Support Center and was successful in one of her very first projects: putting on a housing fair for the students. Click to hear from Katelyn herself about how she managed to make the fair a triumph.