Starting a New Chapter

The Innovation comes from our Chapters.

BASIC STEPS:

  1. Pick your city
    1. If affiliating with a university, explore the possibility of creating an independently affiliated student organization.
      1. Note that we are an independent nonprofit, your chapter would not be a student club of the university. 
  2. Assemble your leadership team 
    1. To begin the chartering process, you must have 3 dedicated students to build the chapter.
    2. In order to be chartered as a chapter, you must have 8 active members. 
    3. If you hope to be an independently affiliated organization with a university, your university may have a different requirement for the number of team members.
  3. Create a mission and vision for your chapter
    1. You can review our mission statement and vision here
  4. Reach out to potential advisor(s)
    1. Your advisor must be a health professional or health educator who is willing to provide guidance and support.
  5. Complete the Chapter Proposal Form

Application Materials and Submission:

Please email all documents to hr@unviersalhealthaid.org in PDF format.

Submit application materials, including:

    1. Chapter Proposal Form
    2. Staff Application Form (1 per member)
    3. Resume (1 per member)

Be sure to CC all three (or more) members that are committed to developing the chapter.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIRMENTS
  • Minimum 3 members (President, VP, Treasurer, etc.) to begin the chartering process, to complete the chartering process, you must have 8 active members. These members must be:
    • Students should be enthusiastic, driven, and resilient who are passionate about mitigating social determinants to healthcare.
    • They should be effective leaders, communicators, and organizers who are willing to commit at least 10 hours per week to start the chapter.
    • All members must attend an accredited college or university in the United States.
  • Have access to at least one university faculty contact who may be interested in advising your chapter
  • Depending on your efficiency, the process of starting a chapter of Universal Health Aid can take up to six months. Applicants for new chapters that are unable to complete the “Beginning steps” (below) within six months will be dismissed. 
CURRENT CHAPTERS

Universal Health Aid is a registered nonprofit with six nationwide chapters. Comprised of over 300+ students across the midwest, Universal Health Aid chapters take a grassroots, community centered approach to mitigating social determinants to healthcare. In the past two years, our chapters have hosted vaccine clinics, conducted advocacy work, and provided essential protection supplies to their communities. 

 

You can learn more about the kind of work each our chapters does, you can visit their website below: 

 

UHA Columbus

UHA Cleveland

UHA Toledo

UHA Ann Arbor

UHA Monroe

CHAPTER PROPOSAL QUESTIONS:

Please compose a letter of intent for our National Team. Following are some guiding questions to address in your letter: 

Why do you want to start a UHA chapter? What do you hope to gain from the experience? 

What does UHA provide that your location needs? What impact do you hope to make? 

How does your mission align with UHA’s mission?

How will you structure your Leadership Team? 

How will you recruit physicians and other medical staff?

Where and how are you getting financing from? If you plan on getting sponsors, what is your tentative sponsorship plan?

Do you have past experience with any of UHA’s existing chapters?

Does the community already offer resources similar to what UHA does? Does the community offer resources that can help support your UHA Chapter? 

How do you plan on recruiting students? What is your sustainability plan to ensure success year after year? 

Once you submit this proposal to our National Team, we will review it and reach out to discuss next steps.

Why Start a Chapter?

Universal Health Aid is a registered nonprofit with six nationwide chapters. Comprised of over 300+ students across the midwest, Universal Health Aid chapters take a grassroots, community centered approach to mitigating social determinants to healthcare. In the past two years, our chapters have hosted vaccine clinics, conducted advocacy work, and provided essential protection supplies to their communities.

Are you a self-motivated and driven student who is passionate about mitigating social determinants to healthcare in your own community? You may be a good candidate for developing and leading a new chapter of Universal Health Aid. As a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit, we provide our chapters with financial and branding infrastructure, hands-on developmental support, and the network and platform to make real change in your community.