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Drake's mission is to provide an exceptional learning environment that prepares students for meaningful personal lives, professional accomplishments, and responsible global citizenship. The Drake experience is distinguished by collaborative learning among students, faculty, and staff and by the integration of the liberal arts and sciences with professional preparation. The Healthiest State Initiative is a privately led public initiative intended to inspire Iowans and their communities throughout the state to improve their health and happiness. To achieve our goal, individuals, families, businesses, faith-based organizations, not-for-profits and the public sector will unite in a community-focused effort to make Iowa the healthiest state in the nation. - See more at: http://www.iowahealthieststate.com/about/about-the-initiative#sthash.oWQSMkP7.dpuf
Iowa Community Health AmeriCorps Program (ICHAP) represents an innovative approach to higher education and private/public partnership. ICHAP is a unique 4 + 2 program in which AmeriCorps members are enrolled graduate students at Drake University actively working towards a graduate degree while completing their term of service. ICHAP is helping Iowans by encouraging rural towns across Iowa to commit to adopting practices that will improve the overall health and happiness of the residents in their community. AmeriCorps members serve as liaisons between Healthiest State Initiative and local schools, businesses and community organizations in order to disseminate information and provide training, education and assessment workshops that will mobilize local citizens and lead to the establishment of smarter lunchrooms, an increase in the consumption of fruits and vegetables, safer walking routes to schools, planting community gardens, and tobacco free workplaces, to name a few.