COVID-19 Youth Ambassador Program
The overarching purpose of the COVID-19 Youth Ambassador Program (COVID-19 YAP) is to increase trust and equity in healthcare within communities that have experienced historical access barriers through youth preventive health education.
COVID-19 YAP aims to offer participants the knowledge, perspective, and tools to have empathetic, informative conversations with individuals in their networks and broader communities about COVID-19 and the vaccine.
CHAMPIONS incorporated COVID-19 YAP into the CHAMPIONS Summer 2021and Summer 2022 Internship.
UI Health CHAMPIONS 2022 Summer Internship participants practicing suturing techniques guided by UIC College of Medicine student Ephraim Mbachu and CHAMPIONS coordinators.
UI Health CHAMPIONS 2022 Summer Internship cohort participating in a bystander CPR training facilitated by Illinois Heart Rescue.
UI Health CHAMPIONS 2022 Summer Internship participants learning how to use and read an automatic blood pressure monitor.
- Articulate the role of community health advocates in advancing public health.
- Increase awareness and knowledge on historical mistrust and inequities in healthcare and reflect on how COVID-19 has impacted the well-being of our communities.
- Increase skills, comfort, and level of empowerment among YAP participants to disseminate prevention and COVID-19 vaccine promotion messages.