Center for Healthy Communities

Civic Engagement

The CHC has earned acclaim statewide, nationally, and internationally for its community health outreach and staff achievements. Not coincidentally, the CHC’s student internship and employment program has been widely hailed as a model of civic engagement and service learning.

The CHC provides civic engagement and service learning opportunities to more than 120 university students each year. These structured internships—required to apply for CHC student employment, another civic engagement opportunity—are open to university students from all colleges and disciplines, including nutrition, health education and administration, kinesiology, agriculture, business, technology, social work, liberal studies, math and statistics, journalism, psychology, graphic design, and public administration.

Hands-on experiential learning helps reinforce concepts learned in coursework. University students have the opportunity to lead teams delivering community-based nutrition education and to develop professional skills essential for employment. The CHC internship model also allows students to get involved in all aspects of partnership development and program design, implementation, and evaluation, and to undertake community engagement both comfortably and competently.

The center is also eager to partner with the larger Northern California community, including medical professionals (such as pediatricians and family practitioners), preschools, K-12 school districts, farmers, food banks, departments of public health and social services, non-profit organizations, and private businesses interested in worksite wellness services.

Please contact Stephanie Bianco at 530-898-4022,, or Kristin Gruneisen at 530-898-6476,, for more information about the CHC’s civic engagement programs, and about partnership opportunities.