The Community Health and Social Medicine Incubator (CHASM): Driving Student-Community Partnerships for Health

Abstract

The Community Health and Social Medicine (CHASM) Incubator is an interdisciplinary social impact venture that improves the health outcomes of local, historically marginalized Montreal communities. CHASM encourages students to identify a concrete health need in an underprivileged population, and co-create a project in partnership with community organizations to address it. Student projects are given a framework to scale their ideas. This includes:

  1. Mentorship by business and public health experts;
  2. A social entrepreneurship and sustainability curriculum with bimonthly, interactive workshops;
  3. Financial empowerment;
  4. A committed network of student leaders that supports and publicizes the projects.

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McGill University is located on land which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst Indigenous peoples, including the Haudenosaunee and Anishinabeg nations. McGill honours, recognizes and respects these nations as the traditional stewards of the lands and waters on which peoples of the world now gather. Today, this meeting place is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land.

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