CHIPA Youth Member Program

Are you interested in a career in medicine or public health?

Do you have great ideas on how to improve your neighborhood, school, or community?


Become a CHIPA Youth Member and help improve the health of Petaluma!


Applications now available for the 2016-17 CHIPA Youth Member program!

Completed applications must be submitted to Erin Hawkins, Program Manager, by 5 pm on Friday, September 23, 2016.

Applications can be emailed to or delivered to the PHCD office at 1425 N McDowell Blvd., Suite 103, Petaluma CA.

Click here for the application



Why is Youth participation in CHIPA so important?

CHIPA members are working together to improve the health of all residents in the Petaluma area by addressing important social, economic, and environmental factors that affect everyone’s health, support healthy behaviors and lifestyles, and ensure has access to quality health care and social services.


The experiences, knowledge and connections of our local Youth are critical to our collective understanding of the health of our community. CHIPA Youth Members are active participants in CHIPA and its Work Groups. They bring a powerful perspective to our work and propose unique ideas for addressing needs and supporting assets in our community. In addition, CHIPA Youth Members gain valuable leadership experience, make connections to local industry leaders, and learn alongside their CHIPA Adult Ally.


What are some of the benefits of being a CHIPA Youth Member?

Participating on CHIPA is a great opportunity to make a difference in your community. Other benefits include:


• Earning a monetary award up to $180 ($20 per meeting attended)


• Earning community service credit required by many high schools and colleges


• Developing your leadership skills and get involved in local government


• Exploring future education tracks and new career opportunities


• Learning about issues affecting your community and how you can take action


• Meeting new people while having fun!



Who can apply to become a CHIPA Youth Member?

Young people interested in being an official youth member should:


• Live or attend school in PHCD service area (Petaluma, Penngrove, and Cotati)


• Be between the ages of 16-21 years old


How do I become a CHIPA Youth Member?

A new co-hort of Youth Members are selected each fall and serve a nine-month term ending in early summer. All interested Youth must complete and submit an application by a pre-determined deadline. After reviewing applications, the Program manager will select finalists to  participate in an interview process.  After completing an interview, a review committee will select the final CHIPA Youth Members. 


All Youth Members must participate in a CHIPA Youth Member orientation. As well, all Youth Members will be paired with an Adult Ally. An Adult Ally is a current CHIPA Work Group Member who will partner with the Youth Member during meetings, answer questions, and serve as a go-to source of support during the Youth Members time on CHIPA.