School of Public Health Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program and Community-Academic Partners in Service
The School of Public Health Peace Corps Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program and Community-Academic Partners in Service (CAPS) have partnered to support the following existing programs within CAPS: La Escuelita, My Campus: Minorty Youth in the Health Professions Pipelin, and Goal 4 Health Soccer League.
Coverdell Fellows is a graduate fellowship program that offers financial assistance to Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) who wish to earn professional certification, masters or doctoral degrees in a variety of subject areas. Returned Volunteers from Loma Linda University School of Public Health work in underserved U.S. communities, such as San Bernardino, where they gain valuable on-the-job training while helping meet local needs that would otherwise go unmet. Additionally, RPCVs are able to fulfill the Peace Corps' third goal by sharing their knowledge of other countries and cultures with colleagues and community members.
Loma Linda University School of Public Health prepares students as public health professionals for local, national, and international service. For over 40 years the University has conducted health and development projects and engaged in interagency collaboration and coalition building with government, private, and citizen-based groups within the diverse, low-income neighborhood in the city of San Bernardino, California. In 2004 the School became a partner university in the Coverdell Fellows program. Since the program’s inception, fourteen Peace Corps Fellows have worked in these neighborhoods as well as with the Center for Public Health Practice, Center for Health Disparities, Social Action Community Health Systems, Helping Hands Pantry and Arrowhead United Way.