Mission: Create a culture of community engagement promoting community/CHEQI partnerships that enrich teaching, learning, research, address critical social issues, and contribute to the public good in the Greater Lafayette area.

Goals for CHEQI Community Engagement:

  • Strategically engage with our community in order to provide service in all areas within the Social Drivers of Health 
  • Find new opportunities to partner with other organizations in order to serve them through Community Intern positions

CHEQI Internship: The Purdue CHEQI internship initially began with Public Health students and has since expanded to include students from multiple disciplines, including pharmacy and biomedical health sciences. Interns analyze social drivers of health and apply their acquired skills to address public health issues. Interns perform data cleaning, conduct analyses, organize manuscripts, communicate with partner organizations, and create informative one-pagers for dissemination.


Past Internships:

LTHC Internship: The Purdue CHEQI offered the CHEQI Community Internship in partnership with Lafayette Transitional Housing Center (LTHC).  LTHC is a housing center that serves individuals experiencing homelessness.  This internship is an 8-10 hour/week commitment working in person at LTHC (unpaid).  Our interns were able to participate in many unique opportunities including implementing tobacco cessation in the shelter, planning educational health sessions with guest speakers about harm reduction, first aid/foot care, and dental care, and working on the electronic health record to fit the needs of LTHC.  This internship provided extremely valuable insight on working with vulnerable populations and expanded professional and leadership skills. 

Valley Oaks Internship: The Purdue CHEQI partnered with Valley Oaks Health in order to offer a Community-Based Internship.  Valley Oaks Health is committed to providing high quality mental health and addiction services to the citizens of Tippecanoe and eight surrounding counties.  With such a wide reach, Valley Oaks Health has the goal of expanding their online HealthHub - a place that provides expert advice, helpful information, and practical tips for taking care of your mental health.  CHEQI/Valley Oaks Community Interns get the opportunity to develop their strategic marketing and health communication skills by aiding in the growth of HealthHub.  Additional roles could include creating educational public health presentations for leadership teams and exploring areas for connection with other community organizations.  This internship is an 8-10 hour/week virtual commitment with Valley Oaks (unpaid). It will provide students with valuable experience in public health education and expand their professional and leadership skills.


Please contact CHEQI@purdue.edu for additional details.